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The Department of Pathology determines final diagnoses quickly and accurately through the histopathologic examination of all tissues, body fluids, and cells obtained from patients for diagnoses of diseases, thereby helping patient care.

Major areas of treatment

1. Surgical pathology

We receive all surgical specimens and small specimens from endoscopy, etc., identify lesions through visual examinations, make glass slides with the lesions, and observe them using microscopes to diagnose patients’ diseases.

2. Cytopathology

We makes glass slides with cells collected from lumps formed in the thyroid or breast using syringes to diagnose diseases through microscopic examinations.

3. Special pathology

  • Immunohistochemical staining: This is an examination method used to classify the kinds and origins of cancer cells in neoplastic diseases, judge patients’ prognoses, and determine treatment protocols.
  • Immunofluorescence: This is used to examine whether immune complexes have been deposited in renal and skin diseases in order to utilize the results for disease diagnosis and also used for the test method to determine treatment protocols for breast cancer (Herceptin).
  • Molecular pathological examination: This is used to analyze DNA information obtained from patients’ cells or tissues to examine whether there is any abnormality in genes and whether any abnormal protein expressed.
  • Electron microscopy: This is an examination method used to observe intracellular microstructures that cannot be observed through optical microscopes and utilize the results for diagnoses.
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Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.


1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.