Overview of Rotations

Rotations are organized into nine blocks per year (approximately 5 1/2 weeks each). Rotations for AP/CP residents are as follows:

Anatomic Pathology (17 blocks)
General Surgical Pathology (6 blocks)
Senior Surgical Pathology (3 blocks)
--2 at VA Hospital
--1 at University Hospital as acting fellow
Autopsy (4 blocks)
Cytopathology (2 blocks)
Dermatopathology/Neuropathology (2 blocks)

Clinical Pathology (14 Blocks)
Hematopathology (3 blocks)
Transfusion Medicine (2 blocks)
Clinical Chemistry/Management (2 blocks)
Microbiology (2 blocks)
Molecular Pathology (1 block)
Immunopathology (2 blocks)
VA Hospital Clinical Pathology (2 blocks)

Electives (4 blocks)
May include research and/or additional advanced AP or CP rotations. During at least one elective rotation residents are expected to participate in some type of scholarly project. This may involve scientific research, (basic, translational or clinical) or educational scholarship.

Advanced subspecialty training is offered on an elective basis in all areas of anatomic and clinical pathology Service responsibilities in advanced subspecialty training are similar to those of fellowships in a subspecialty area of pathology. Because of increased experience, the resident will be able to assume a higher level of responsibility and interface with clinicians at a more senior and in-depth level. The following are examples of some of the options available:

  • Assume responsibility for interdepartmental conferences.
  • Complete a laboratory management or outcomes project or a clinical/pathologic study suitable for publication and presentation at a national meeting.
  • Semi-independent frozen section interpretation.

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