The Core Curriculum includes numerous lectures (which are cycled approximately every two years, except for introductory Surgical Pathology lectures, which are given annually), tutorials, seminars and teaching conferences. Teaching faculty are highly committed to resident education and development.

Introduction to Surgical Pathology

Introduction to Surgical Pathology is a four-week rotation designed from suggestions from residents to improve introductory training and education in Anatomic Pathology. The rotation is primarily focused on building and honing residents' gross dictation skills, basic pathology diagnostic skills, and laboratory operations in Surgical Pathology.

Residents in this introductory level surgical pathology rotation will have access to direct supervision and proctoring for a minimum of three procedures per organ system. Afterwards, senior residents, pathology assistants, and attending physicians remain available for indirect supervision and assistance as needed.


  • One month of scheduled vacation/elective time each year beginning PGY-1
  • Three additional months of electives (one CP elective required)
  • Numerous AP and CP electives are available.
  • In consultation with a faculty sponsor, residents may also design electives to fit their own needs and interests.


Anatomic Pathology Core Rotations

The mission statement of the Anatomic Pathology training program is to train outstanding anatomic pathologists and to provide them with the necessary tools and experience to pursue a scientific approach to the practice of anatomic pathology that will not only enhance their professional lives, but will also advance the field of anatomic pathology as a whole.

  • Autopsy/Liver/Neuropathology (adult and fetal autopsies)
  • Surgical Pathology (Adult and Pediatric)
  • Cytopathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Immunopathology
  • Histochemistry
  • Ultrastructural Pathology
  • Cytogenetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Renal/Pulmonary/Electron Microscopy Pathology
  • Laboratory Management and Clinical Informatics



Many opportunities exist for clinical/translational research and the Department provides excellent mentoring for those wishing to pursue a research career.

Clinical Pathology Core Rotations

The Clinical Pathology curriculum is designed to prepare the resident physician to function independently as a clinical laboratory physician. The training program curriculum is intended to guide the resident physician in obtaining a fund of medical knowledge and an understanding of biomedical and clinical science, thus preparing the resident to perform competently in Clinical Pathology and in advanced CP subspecialty training. The clinical pathology curriculum's success depends on oversight and mentoring of residents by faculty members who are knowledgeable in clinical pathology and its subspecialties.

  • Microbiology (includes bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and virology)
  • Immunopathology
  • Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
  • Chemistry
  • Cytogenetics
  • Hematopathology
  • Coagulation
  • Toxicology
  • Laboratory Management and Clinical Informatics
  • Medical Microscopy (including urinalysis)
  • Molecular Biologic Techniques
  • Aspiration Techniques and other advanced diagnostic techniques as they become available
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