Pathology Residency Program

Residency Certificate Tracks

The Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins offers several unique elective certification tracks for interested residents. While working with a dedicated faculty member and completing well-defined goals and objectives, residents can gain an additional area of expertise during residency. By utilizing a wealth of opportunities that are available at Johns Hopkins, such as the Physician-Scientist Training Program, the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, the Institute for Excellence in Education, and the Center for Global Health, residents will have the ability to interact and collaborate with national and international leaders.

The below tracks are completely optional and are offered to interested residents:

Physician-Scientist Research +

This pathway is designed to increase the number of physician-scientists in pathology by attracting exceptional and committed young physicians into the field. Participants in this track will complete a dedicated year of research utilizing the institutional T32 training grant or equivalent grant. Excellent mentorship and the establishment of a personal research committee ensure trainee success in the program. Further, participants will have the opportunity to interact with students and faculty in the world-renowned medical scientist training program (MSTP) and the new Physician-Scientist Training Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Department of Pathology at Hopkins has been ranked #1 in NIH funding for nine of the past ten years, and this funding provides a wealth of unique research opportunities. Research can also be supported by several departmental endowments for resident research such as the Fred and Janet Sanfilippo Fund. Upon completion of the track, residents will be prepared for a career in academic medicine centered on basic science or clinical research and will be eligible for the American Board of Pathology's Physician-Scientist Pathway Certification. Of our graduating residents who went into academics, 75% became professors of pathology, 20% chairs of pathology departments, 6% deans of medical schools, 3% were elected into the National Academy of Sciences, and one was awarded a Nobel Prize.

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Education +

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has a long and rich history of excellence in education. The goal of education track is to provide the next generation of academic pathologists with the conceptual and practical skills necessary to become master educators by taking advantage of the many opportunities available at Hopkins. Residents can participate in educational offerings in the Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE) in the School of Medicine. As a sign of our commitment to education, the Department has established two endowments to support resident education projects: The Mabel Smith Fund for Resident Research and Education and The Risa B. Mann, M.D. Fund. Residents will pursue initiatives related to education delivery, curriculum/educational product development, and/or education scholarship during residency. Upon completion of the track, trainees will be well-equipped with the skills necessary to be leaders in medical education.

Check out some of the innovative teaching tools that are currently coming out of our department!

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Informatics +

Technology and information systems are rapidly changing medicine. The overarching goal of this track is to train leaders who can contribute to one of the many diverse areas of informatics, including: clinical informatics, bioinformatics, and imaging technologies in pathology. During residency, participants will complete a basic curriculum, learn and/or develop a new skillset with a mentor, and will complete a project related to an area of interest in informatics. Whether participants are interested in data mining or the interworking of the laboratory information system (LIS), the opportunities at Johns Hopkins are endless.

QA/QI/Value-Based Care +

The Quality Improvement pathway is designed to provide foundational knowledge of quality concepts, techniques, and tools to enable residents to observe systemic processes in day to day work and suggest action to improve local, regional, and national Pathology practice. The track will include didactic readings plus online and in person courses including at a national meeting. Residents will participate in a hospital QI committee and serve as internal or external CAP inspectors. They will develop quality related research projects which will be eligible for publication and teach their peers about quality improvement, culminating in a capstone thesis-type experience in the fourth year. Upon completion of the track, residents will be prepared to become future leaders in quality improvement and control in both university and private practice settings.

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Health Policy/Hospital Management +

This track is intended to teach the next generation of academic pathologists the knowledge and skills necessary to be leaders in the areas of healthcare policy and business management. The curriculum includes designated reading materials and optional classroom activities at the Carey Business School and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Further, residents will participate in regular Departmental Finance Committee and Departmental Leadership meetings. Finally, residents will work with administration on a business improvement project or healthcare policy initiative. Upon completion of this track, participants should understand what is needed to operate a Pathology department or business unit and will have ideas to innovate practice as leaders in the field.

Global Health +

This track is intended to provide interested residents and fellows with exposure to the challenges pertaining to pathology and laboratory medicine in low resource settings. Despite being central to surveillance and clinical management, Pathology is grossly neglected and/or under-resourced in low-middle income countries (LMICs). This track offers a myriad of opportunities for global health outreach along the core tenets of research, education and clinical practice. Over 3-4 years of residency, this track combines formal and informal teaching with a capstone project to impart both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in global health. The capstone project is specifically intended to transform theory into real-world experience. While travel is not required, it is strongly encouraged, at least for the fieldwork component of the project (if so applicable). There are resources available to this end that may be awarded based on the outcome of a competitive applications process.

Check out some of the interesting global health work being done in our department by Dr. Tim Amukele!

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Not interested in one of these tracks? That's perfectly OK. These tracks are entirely optional.