In collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC’s Department of Pathology offers many educational opportunities through its residency and fellowship programs.
Our mission is to cultivate and nurture future pathologists with training in scholarship, leadership, and clinical practice in pathology. In-depth primary training combined with the opportunity to train in any of our 15 subspecialty fellowships has resulted in our graduates obtaining prominent positions in academic institutions and community hospitals in the United States and internationally.
Our residency program ranks among the top 10 programs by Doximity. Currently, we are ranked as the number one program in Pennsylvania. Learn more by viewing our pathology residency video.
Led by Marie C. DeFrances, MD, PhD, the pathology residency program consists of three comprehensive tracks:
The residency program also includes the Pathologist Investigator Residency/Research Training (PIRRT) program, which trains academic pathologists to become independently funded principal investigators in disease research.
Starting from the first days in the program, pathology residents at UPMC experience hands-on, active learning. An individualized, flexible training schedule helps residents achieve their career goals while promoting resident well-being.
The combined AP/CP program requires four years of training and includes a 23-month core program in anatomic pathology and an 18-month core program in clinical pathology. Core AP rotations in gastrointestinal, bone and soft tissue, genitourinary, head and neck, breast, gynecological, pediatric pathology, and autopsy pathology occupy approximately the first nine months of the PGY1 year. The next 12 months focus mostly on core CP rotations in microbiology, immunology, blood banking and transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry, molecular pathology, and hematopathology. In addition, a resident may schedule a PGY3+ AP subspecialty rotation such as neuropathology, dermatopathology, forensics, or cytopathology during the PGY2 year if they plan to apply for fellowship in that area. The remainder of the PGY2 to PGY4 years are spent completing core requirements and electives. Residents are encouraged to use elective time to perform mini-fellowships in one of our many AP Centers of Excellence or CP divisions.
The AP-only track requires 28 months of core training in our AP Centers of Excellence as well as in hematopathology, informatics, molecular pathology, and lab management. The remainder of the track is spent on electives.
The CP-only track requires 24 months of core training in our CP divisions as well as in informatics and lab management. The remainder of the track is spent on electives.
All applications are accepted through ERAS.
We begin reviewing applications after October 21. The deadline to apply is October 31.
The pathology residency and fellowship program holds weekly and bi-weekly didactics throughout the year featuring presentations by subspecialty pathologists and laboratory directors from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Several Centers of Excellence and clinical pathology divisions also hold separate conferences
AP Didactics (Tuesdays, 7-9:00 a.m.)
A two-year didactic curriculum organized to cover core topics in anatomic pathology. The sessions consist of one hour of didactic presentations and one hour of unknown cases by subspecialty pathologists.
CP Didactics (Wednesdays, 7-8:00 a.m.)
A two-year didactic curriculum organized to cover core topics in clinical pathology. The sessions consist of one hour of didactic presentations by subspecialty laboratory directors.
Lab Management Didactics (One Friday every other month, 7-8:00 a.m.)
A two-year didactic curriculum organized to focus on topics such as quality assurance, quality control, test validation, laboratory inspections, and business management. Didactics are supplemented with mock CAP laboratory inspections every two years.
Seminars in Laboratory Medicine (SLM) (Mondays, 12-1:00 p.m.)
A weekly lecture series by clinical pathology faculty, fellows, and residents on emerging clinical pathology topics.
AP Grand Rounds (Thursdays, 12-1:00 p.m.)
Weekly conferences by senior faculty and invited guest lectures in clinical and anatomic pathology, respectively, presenting on evolving topics in the pathology field.
Wellness Wednesdays (Third Wednesday of each month, 8-8:30 a.m., after CP Didactics)
Short lectures/activities on wellness topics pertaining to residents and fellows, such as: sleep, stress, depression, and workplace ergonomics.
CP Review (Fridays 12-1:00 p.m.)
Weekly conference, led by a select resident discussing interesting board-relevant topics in CP.
To learn more about the 15 subspecialty fellowships offered by UPMC’s Department of Pathology, visit https://path.upmc.edu/fellowship/index.htm.
2019 Surgical Pathology Case Volume
UPMC Presbyterian: 29,428
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital: 24,970
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh: 9,970
UPMC Shadyside: 8,761
2019 Non-Gynecological Cytology Consult Volume
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UPMC Presbyterian: 4,696
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2019 Gynecological Cytology Consult Volume
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UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital: 60
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