By: Justina Babu, MD3
In the month of October, the MD3 students of Xavier University School of Medicine had the opportunity to attend lectures from the guest lecturer, Dr. Hugh McLaughlin, MD., a Professor of Pathology. Dr. Hugh McLaughlin, MD obtained his medical degree from the National University of Ireland and moved to London where he finished his postgraduate pathology training at The Royal Postgraduate Medical School- Hammersmith Hospital and at the Westminster Medical School.
In 1973, Dr. McLaughlin became part of the faculty at University College Dublin, where he was thoroughly involved in teaching pathology and immunology at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research emphasized on the role of the immune system in disease causation which eventually got published in at least 30 papers in peer reviewed journals. Dr. McLaughlin joined the medical faculty at St. George’s University School of Medicine in 1994, where he was designated as the pathology course director and as the head of the pathology department. After a few years, in 1999, Dr. McLaughlin relocated to the United States to teach at medical schools in New York and Boston. In the recent years, he has also created a pathology review course for students who are preparing for the USMLE examinations, which he has taught at medical institutions in both the U.S. and in the Caribbean.
From October 2nd to October 5th, Dr. McLaughlin lectured about different pathologic conditions involved with the Respiratory System. These lectures included interactive sessions between the speaker and the students. Dr. McLaughlin included many examples, pictures and real life experiences in where the students got a better insight about certain diseases and conditions. During these interactive session, Dr. McLaughlin discussed and taught about obstructive lung diseases, restrictive lung diseases, lung infections, lung cancers and much more for the MD3 students. On behalf of the students from XUSOM, we thank Dr. Hugh McLaughlin for taking his time in teaching and challenging the students.