The Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology is typically served in four years. The first year is usually dedicated to Anatomic Pathology. Anatomic Pathology services are combined into a daily rotation including Autopsy Pathology, Pediatric Pathology, Surgical Pathology, Dermatopathology and Cytopathology. For the initial month, new Residents are paired with an experienced Resident who gradually transfers responsibility for technical and clerical duties to the new trainee.
The second year is usually dedicated to Clinical Pathology. Residents rotate through the specialty laboratories, including Chemistry, Coagulation, Cytogenetics, Hematology, Hematopathology, Histocompatibility/Flow Cytometry, Microbiology, Transfusion Medicine, and Virology.
The third year of training returns the Resident to Anatomic Pathology, with the added responsibility of teaching and supervising required technical and clerical skills to junior colleagues. The advanced Resident is expected by the Staff to take increased responsibility for his cases, and to participate more actively in the signout process. Advanced training in Cytopathology, Forensic Pathology, Dermatopathology, and Fine Needle Aspiration Cytopathology is added to the rotation in Autopsy and Surgical Pathology. Third year residents have opportunity to spend elective time on additional training or research projects.
The fourth year of training combines advanced Anatomic Pathology with Clinical Pathology and electives to complement the training of the Resident as necessary for the resident's stated career plan.
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*Elective time may be taken in both third and fourth years, totaling 16 weeks.