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What Does Training Look Like?

Residency in pathology is four years for anatomical and clinical pathology programs. For anatomical pathology programs, three years of residency is standard. Similarly, for clinical pathology, residency lasts three years.

Subspecialties leading to certification include dermatopathology, neuropathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, transfusion medicine, microbiology and forensic pathology. All organ systems also form subspecialties, although these do not necessarily lead to certification.
What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

A typical workday involves being in the lab from 7:30 am to 5:30 or 6 pm. The lifestyle benefits are very good.
Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to pathology include:

  • Good microscopic technique
  • Excellent communication with other physicians
  • Intelligence and strong problem solving skills
Shadowing Opportunities

Information about shadowing in pathology is available by contacting Bea Delucca.
Research Opportunities

To learn more about research opportunities in pathology, contact Bea Delucca, Dr. Skrikanta Dash, Dr. Erik Flemington, Dr. Gilbert Morris, or Dr. Tong Wu .

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

Specialty Interest Group

Currently, there is no specialty interest group for pathology. If student interest arises, one can be formed.
Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

Several electives in pathology are available. These include: Surgical Pathology, Dermatopathology, Hematopathology, and Cytopathology.
Specialty Statistics

Number of Applicants & Positions (from "Results and Data 2018 Main Residency Match")

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2018")

pathology charting outcomes-match 2018

Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

Students wishing to pursue a residency in pathology will take part in the NRMP Match process.
Important Advice

Figure out which program will be the best fit for you. There’s nothing as important as fit.

Scores on Step 1 and Step 2 are important aspects on which residents are matched. Make sure your scores are as competitive as possible.

Consider doing away rotations at programs in which you have interest.

Use all the resources available to you during your medical school years. These resources are here to help you!

How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

Available data suggests that a competitive candidate should apply to at least 10 programs to match. An average performing student should apply to at least 20 programs to match.