Pathology Residency Programs

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Overview

The Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins provides in-depth training in anatomic pathology (AP) and clinical pathology (CP), either combined or individually, to newly graduated M.D.s and those with previous postdoctoral experience. The program is designed to train a well-rounded pathologist through extensive clinical and research experience. House officers receive training in diagnostic anatomic and clinical pathology in a setting of clinical and academic excellence. The department also offers a combined anatomic pathology (AP) and neuropathology (NP) track.

Director of Residency Training Program

Co-Director of Residency Training Program

Medical Training Program Manager

Clinical Training

Residents selecting combined AP and CP training have a fully integrated four-year program developed for their particular interest. In the first two years, all residents are exposed to the major divisions of anatomic and clinical pathology. The first year focuses on AP training, including autopsy, surgical pathology and cytopathology, and CP. The second year emphasizes introductory rotations in CP. In the ensuing two years, the residents take advanced and elective rotations in both anatomic and clinical pathology. The final year of training provides substantial responsibility in anatomic and clinical pathology.

AP
The core AP rotations include:
  • autopsy
  • autopsy supervision
  • cytopathology
  • forensic pathology
  • gastrointestinal/liver pathology
  • gynecological/pediatric pathology
  • surgical pathology

 

During the residency, there are multiple elective opportunities for training in the pathology of specific systems, including dermatopathology, molecular pathology, neuropathology, pediatric-perinatal pathology, renal pathology/electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry and special electives including research.

CP
The core CP rotations include:
  • clinical chemistry
  • cytogenetics
  • immunology
  • hematology/coagulation
  • management
  • medical microbiology
  • molecular diagnostics
  • transfusion medicine

 

The emphasis in CP is diagnostic interpretation of laboratory tests, interaction with clinical services, and understanding of technical methods, instrumentation, information systems, quality assurance and laboratory management. Additional training consists of rotations and electives that provide further experience in select areas and opportunities for research.


Clinically relevant rotations, in both AP and CP are integrated throughout training, and residents attend and present at departmental and interdepartmental conferences. Several conferences play a major role in the Residency Training Program, including:

  1. Weekly didactic sessions in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.
  2. Daily autopsy gross conference.
  3. Weekly surgical pathology case conference.
  4. Daily and weekly multiheaded microscope and didactic conferences in autopsy and surgical pathology and in specialty areas.
  5. Twice weekly work rounds and weekly seminars in clinical pathology.
  6. Weekly grand rounds with presentations by faculty, fellows and guest lecturers from within and outside the institution.
  7. Research seminars.

All house staff participate in the teaching of the pathology course for medical students. The residents have assigned days to teach small groups of students in collaboration with faculty members.

Throughout the training program, residents assume progressively increasing responsibility for the management of cases under the close supervision of senior residents and attending faculty members. Two residents are selected to serve as the Chief Residents in Pathology.

Research Opportunities
The Department of Pathology maintains active basic, translational, and clinical research programs in a broad spectrum of anatomic and clinical pathology areas. Current basic research in the department involves molecular, genetic and cellular studies of neurologic, gastrointestinal, gynecologic, kidney-urologic, pediatric and hematologic diseases, as well as in microbiology, immunopathology, toxicology, transfusion medicine, oncology and comparative pathology. Residents are encouraged to participate in research projects with faculty members in the department and with other mentors within the institution. A wide range of clinical and research fellowships also is available in the department, and more senior residents are encouraged to consider specialty training in one of these areas.