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Residency Curriculum

The Pathology Residency Program at UTMB is a course of study for medical school graduates leading directly to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology (AP) and Clinical Pathology (CP). Approved by ACGME to accommodate a total of 25 residents, the program is an ACGME accredited and fully funded for a 4 year course of study, with up to 5 residents at each level of training. We currently have a total of 16 AP/CP trainees and 2 CP trainees. The majority of residents prepare for both AP and CP, leading to private practice or general academic practice careers; residents may also elect training in either straight AP or CP in preparation for careers in academic medicine. The core AP/CP curriculum consists of 42 months of required rotations in each of the basic service areas of pathology. In the remaining 6 months, residents are encouraged to acquire special competence in several areas of AP or CP. For those residents preparing for a career in academic medicine, substantial experience working in a basic research laboratory may be appropriate. As residents progress in their training, they are given increased responsibility and independence and play an active role in the training of junior residents. The training program is reviewed continuously and changes are made as needed to meet requirements from ABP or ACGME and to improve the educational experience of our residents and fellows.

Strengths of our training program are as follows:

  • A comprehensive core program in AP and CP with a diverse volume of clinical and anatomic pathology specimens and highly diverse patient populations.
  • All core and elective rotations are offered at the UTMB hospitals, The Methodist Hospitals in Houston and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, providing great flexibility for residents when deciding on subspecialty training if applicable.
  • Ability to focus on subspecialty rotations during and after core rotations.
  • Availability of elective rotations to perform basic-science research, clinical research and translational research. The Department of Pathology is ranked #6 in the nation in NIH funding. In addition, the department receives additional funding from the Department of Defense for Biodefense research.
  • Wide variety of areas of expertise for research: infectious diseases and biodefense, tropical and emerging infectious diseases, aging, molecular oncology, toxicology, drug abuse, endocrinology, and neurodegenerative diseases amongst others.
  • Extensive opportunities to teach medical students in pathology courses at UTMB.
Balanced curriculum with exposure to both AP and CP aspects of pathology.

Sample Rotation Schedule

PGY 1 through PGY 4 (AP/CP core, + electives)

12 months surgical pathology
6 months hospital autopsy pathology
1 month forensic pathology
3 months cytopathology
4 months transfusion medicine
4 months hematopathology with flow cytometry
4 months clinical chemistry
4 months clinical microbiology
1 month cytogenetics
1 month immunopathology and histocompatibility
1 month molecular diagnostics
6 months electives (dermatopathology, neuropathology, laboratory informatics/ administration, electron microscopy, research, pediatric pathology)

Elective time in years 1 - 4 may be spent in any core or specialty area of Anatomic or Clinical pathology, or may be dedicated research time. Residents are encouraged to spend 3 to 6 months in one area to gain specialized expertise.