Message from the Program Director

As the Program Director of the University of Southern California/Los Angeles General Medical Center Pathology Residency Training Program, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors of our newly-developed website, designed by our residents.

Our fully-accredited training program is structured to prepare residents for academic or community practice. We offer combined (4 year) training in anatomical and clinical pathology (AP/CP-4), anatomical and neuropathology (AP/NP-4), and focused (3 year) training in anatomic pathology (AP-3). In keeping with the basic philosophy of the department, programs can be tailored to meet specific career objectives of the resident. We now also offer a physician-scientist track which provides dedicated time for research during the clinical training years, followed by an additional year of investigative research.


Senior residents may apply for a departmentally-approved research year. AP and CP disciplines are integrated over the required four years. Our laboratories process over 7 million laboratory examinations annually, including 146,000 anatomic pathology specimen tests.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine supports 24 post-graduate physician residency positions (6 per year) and up to 19 post-residency fellowship positions.

AP and CP rotations are integrated throughout the 4 years of training at various institutions including Los Angeles General Medical Center, Keck Medical Center of USC, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner. Through training at our affiliated institutions with diverse patient populations, our residents gain valuable experience diagnosing a full range of pathology.

Research is strongly encouraged with numerous available research projects in various fields. Medical student teaching is also encouraged at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Wesley Y. Naritoku, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director, Pathology Residency Program

Note: This website is for the sole purpose of providing residency specific information.

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For information about the sub-specialty fellowship programs, please see:

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