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Director's message

Thank you for viewing our pathology residency website. I am hoping you will find it of interest and helpful as you consider where to apply for training.

Starting a new residency program has given us the opportunity to create something new, to imagine what might be a best approach to resident education and to try and realize it.

We reviewed literature on today’s residencies to identify where they need improvement from the point of view from educators, residents, and pathologists hiring newly graduated residents. We asked our younger faculty to imagine how they would like to be taught and design a program along those lines. You can find the results in the curriculum (PDF).

We agreed as a faculty on a number of concepts which are featured in our program:

  • We believe pathologists should get a broad training in both anatomic and clinical pathology as the two areas together contribute to the understanding of disease pathogenesis. A consultant in renal, pulmonary, liver, GI, or other subspecialty will need to use both anatomic and clinical pathology information in reaching certain diagnostic conclusions and to be able to speak to all the laboratory aspects of disease in multidisciplinary conferences. Genetics, molecular pathology, and hematopathology fall inseparably in anatomic and clinical pathology. For these various reasons, we aim in our program to integrate as much as possible the anatomic and clinical pathology curricula.
  • We believe that laboratory medicine has an important role to play in improving healthcare and decreasing its cost. Pathologists must understand the new paradigm of functioning in integrated health systems, and be prepared to lead their laboratories in support of efficient and high quality health care. In our program, emphasis is placed on leadership and management, involving residents in system-wide committees and quality initiatives, as well as formal leadership training. Experiences will be had in point of care testing, clinic sites, and in small and large hospital settings.
  • Our residents must emerge as confident anatomic pathologists and to this end, they will be assigned very early to read cases independently and create surgical pathology reports which will be reviewed with the attending pathologist and then released into the electronic medical record.
  • To be effective in the next generation, pathologists will need facility, skills and practical understanding of informatics. Our department is well equipped, has a sophisticated IT support staff, and has creatively advanced the field of laboratory informatics. Special attention is given to IT training in our program.
  • Research, publication and presentation experience is important. There are abundant clinical research opportunities within our department, although basic research opportunities are limited. All residents will be minimally required to present three research abstracts and write one paper for publication during their four-year training.

- Conrad Schuerch, MD, Program Director and Chairman Emeritus