The core curriculum is designed to provide basic and current knowledge and skills in a broad spectrum of anatomic and clinical pathology disciplines. The curriculum consists of didactic lectures organized with input from the residents to cover all areas of core medical knowledge in anatomic and clinical pathology, and required and elective clinical rotations. Resident performance on boards and in service examinations are considered in designing and updating the curriculum.
There is sufficient flexibility in elective programs to also offer the resident an opportunity to develop greater clinical expertise in selective areas of pathology, and to actively explore specific research interests. A major goal of the residency program is to create a positive environment for learning so that there is both adequate opportunity for in-depth experience in all aspects of pathology and at the same time opportunity to consolidate this experience through reading and study.
The 40 month core experience is composed of 22 months of anatomic pathology and 18 months of clinical pathology. The resident will complete the majority of core rotations during the first three years in the program. Residents transferring from other pathology programs will receive appropriate credit toward completion of core rotations on individual basis. Although there is flexibility in the order that core rotations are assigned, autopsy and surgical pathology are generally emphasized early while clinical pathology and cytology experience is concentrated later.
The department offers eight months of pathology electives to senior level residents. Residents in their fourth year of pathology training can choose electives in any of the core rotations. The elective can be designed to meet the needs of the resident. Approved research can compose up to six months of elective time. Rotations at other institutions are also possible, at the discretion of the GME office and Department.
The department requires resident participation in teaching, presentations and research activities. Residents are encouraged to participate with faculty members and to develop their own research interests and investigative activities. Residents regularly travel to meetings to present abstracts and have been authors on numerous publications from the department. Residents encounter numerous opportunities for teaching during the training program. Presentations at departmental and interdepartmental conferences are required of residents throughout their training. In addition, residents have been involved in didactic programs for medical technology students and medical students and continuing education presentations for medical technologists and physicians.
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