Educational Case: Gallstones, Cholelithiasis, and Cholecystitis

Acad Pathol. 2020 Sep 11;7:2374289520951902. doi: 10.1177/2374289520951902. eCollection Jan-Dec 2020.


The following fictional case is intended as a learning tool within the Pathology Competencies for Medical Education (PCME), a set of national standards for teaching pathology. These are divided into three basic competencies: Disease Mechanisms and Processes, Organ System Pathology, and Diagnostic Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology. For additional information, and a full list of learning objectives for all three competencies, see

Keywords: biliary colic; cholecystitis; composition of gallstones; gallstones; hepatobiliary; morphology; organ systems pathology; pathology competencies.