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Program Curriculum

All residents in the combined Anatomic Pathology (AP) and clinical Pathology (CP) track are required to spend at least 26 months of structured training in AP, and 18 months of CP prior to matriculation. The remaining 4 months can be spent in supervised elective rotations, which may be chosen in the third and fourth years of residency. Electives may be chosen as additional in-depth training in any AP or CP subspecialty areas. In addition, residents are allowed to spend up to 2 months of elective rotations at other institutions "away elective" provided approval of the outside institution.

ANATOMIC AND CLINICAL PATHOLOGY CURRICULUM

PGY-1

Anatomic Pathology: 8.5 Months

  • Surgical Pathology (Boot Camp) - 1 Month
  • Surgical Pathology - 4 Months
  • Autopsy - 2 Months (including 1 week each of: Neuropathology, Renal, Perinatal, Bone and Soft Tissue and Dermatopathology)
  • Cytopathology - 1 Month
  • Hemepath/Flow Cytometry - 2 Weeks

Clinical Pathology: 3.5 Months

  • Chemistry - 1 Month 
  • Microbiology - 1 Month 
  • Transfusion Medicine - 1 Month
  • Hematology - 2 Weeks

PGY-2

Anatomic Pathology: 6 Months

  • Surgical Pathology - 4 Months 
  • Autopsy - 1 Month (including 1 week each of: Perinatal, Bone and Soft Tissue, Dermatopathology)
  • Hematopathology - 2 Weeks
  • Dermatopathology - 2 Weeks

Clinical Pathology: 6 Months

  • Chemistry - 1 Month
  • Microbiology - 1 Month
  • Transfusion Medicine - 2 Months
  • Hematology with laboratory administratin and QA - 1 month
  • Hematopathology/Flow Cytometry - 1 Month

PGY-3

Anatomic Pathology: 8 months

  • Surgical Pathology - 4 Months
  • Autopsy/Molecular Diagnostics - 1 Month
  • Autopsy - 1 Month (including 1 week each of: Perinatal, Bone and Soft Tissue, and Dermatopathology)
  • Hematopathology/Dermatopathology - 1 Month
  • Cytology - 1 Month

Clinical Pathology: 2 Months

  • Microbiology - 1 Month
  • Cytogenetics - 1 Month

Electives - 2 Months

 
PGY-4    

Anatomic Pathology: 3.5 Months

  • Surgical Pathology (pre-attending) - 1 Month
  • Autopsy (pre-attending) - 1 Month
  • Cytology - 1 Month
  • Forensic Pathology - 2 Weeks

Clinical Pathology: 6.5 Months

  • HLA - 3 Weeks
  • Toxicology - 3 Weeks
  • CP Molecular - 2 Weeks
  • Chemistry - 2 Months
  • Microbiology - 1 Month
  • CP Elective - 1 Month

Electives - 2 Months

The Following AP Electives are offered:

- Surgical Pathology sign-out with GYN/Breast or GI/Liver services
- Renal/EM pathology
- GU Pathology
- Hematopathology
- Dermatopathology
- Neuropathology
- Cytopathology
- Molecular Oncology 

The Following CP Electives are offered: 

- Hematology
- Microbiology
- Transfusion Medicine
- Clinical Chemistry
- Lab Management
- Toxicology
- Cytogenetics
- Molecular Genetics
- HLA Lab

Didactics/Teaching Conferences

The program has a rigorous didactic schedule. In July, all PGY1 and PGY2 residents are required to attend a series of introductory lectures given daily by faculty in the AP and CP divisions. The purpose of these is to provide the residents with a solid foundation in pathology to prepare them for a strong start. The AP lectures cover basic histopathology, grossing techniques of all organ systems, and methods of triaging specimens and common ancillary studies specific for each system. In CP, faculty introduce residents to the basic concepts of the 4 core subspecialties: Chemistry, Microbiology, Hematology and Flow cytometry, and Transfusion Medicine.

Starting in August, all residents are required to attend the weekly teaching conferences that include a variety of teaching sessions/formats, such as: Unknown surgical pathology slide conference, Anatomic pathology (AP) microscopy slide sessions, Fellows teaching conference, Gross conference, Autopsy conference, Clinical pathology (CP) teaching session, CP case presentation (unknown), Journal club, Hematopathology cytogenetics conference, and Pathology grand rounds presendted by residents and fellows. All conferences are conducted every Tuesday morning from 8:00am to 1:00pm, which is considered protected time for residets when they are freed of all clinical duties. Residents are also required to attned Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Improvement (QI) sessions, laboratory administration and patient safety sessions. In addition, residents present at the various multidisciplinary tumor boards, and participate in teaching medical students rotating in the department. Residents are also encouraged to attend the daily AP consensus conference.