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Residency Training Program

The Residency Training Program in the Department of Pathology Provides training in clinical pathology (CP), anatomic pathology (AP), and research. Clinical training encompasses either a combined AP/CP program or exclusive training in AP or CP. The combined AP/CP training program is organized in an integrative model where residents alternate between AP and CP rotations throughout their four-year program. Research training is available either exclusively as post-doctoral fellowship training or can be linked with clinical training. Resident training programs are personally designed, and formulated to meet professional goals as well as ACGME and American Board of Pathology requirements for training in specific disciplines. Our residents typically have completed medical school within five years of initiating residency training and scored above the national average for USMLE I and II.

Excellence in clinical service and patient care, scholarship and research are the cornerstones on which the Residency Training Program is based.  Education and professional growth are provided in this program through the integration of formal instructional activities in a core curriculum with practical clinical experiences in which residents accept increasing levels of responsibility as they progress through the program.  We offer unique curricula in Quality Improvement/Patient Safety and Translation Research. The development of Residents as teachers is considered an important component of their training to prepare them for the unique consulting role Pathologists serve in bridging the domains of basic and clinical science. 

Research within in the Department is robust and, in terms of NIH funding, represents one of the best funded Departments in the United States. This includes a spectrum of investigational studies from basic molecular biology to translational biomedical research and clinical investigation.  Our faculty continues to expand and represents a dynamic mix of senior faculty who are leading experts in their fields with mid-career and junior faculty with strong academic interests. These strengths obviously provide boundless opportunities for trainees. Applications for residency training are accepted through ERAS.

Fellowship training is offered in many of the subspecialty areas of Pathology. We have ACGME certified fellowships in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine, Chemical Pathology, Cytopathology, Dermatopathology, Forensic Pathology, Hematopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Neuropathology, Pediatric Pathology, and Surgical Pathology. In addition, we offer training in the areas of Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology, Breast Pathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology, Genitourinary Pathology, Gynecologic Pathology, Informatics, Pulmonary Pathology and Research. A link for fellowship applications can be found here.

Physician Scientists Training Pathway  

In accordance with the American Board of Pathology’s (ABP) recent inclusion of the Physician-Scientist Research Pathway, the University of Michigan Pathology Residency Program welcomes applicants whose career goals match the objectives of the ABP.  This track is for physicians who are committed to contributing to new scientific knowledge in basic science, and clinical or translational medicine through a career that will involve funded research.  Trainees following this track will complete all requirements of the ABP for certification in AP, CP, or AP/CP.  We expect that a pathology resident in the Physician-Scientist track would complete six months of research during his/her core training, followed by one or two additional years of research, the latter funded through training grants that exist in the University of Michigan Department of Pathology or other sources.  Resident candidates will have the opportunity to express their interest in this track at the time of coordinating interview dates. 

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A Note From the Chief Residents

Dear Prospective Residents,

Thanks so much for your interest in our program! We’re excited to share with you why we love training here. Libby graduated from the University of Michigan and Emily graduated from the University of Iowa. We both interviewed broadly across the country and couldn’t help but be drawn to the culture, academic environment, program design and most importantly, the people at the University of Michigan Pathology.

As chiefs, we get to see first-hand how much the department values resident input, from each having served as resident liaisons to our Pathology Renovation and Relocation Project, when we moved almost the entire pathology department to our new facilities at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), AP Operations committee, to serve on the department Patient and Families Advisory Council. The residency program and residents are definitely a high priority of the department.

In addition to the excellent training we have here, there are also a multitude of ways to get involved in research, pathology-specific and hospital-wide committee membership and leadership development. We have a lot of fun hanging out together too – we have a summer kickball team (Zellballin’), weekend get-togethers and Halloween costume parties.

Having been here for several years now, we can’t imagine training anywhere else. We’d love to tell you more about it, answer any questions you might have or just get to know you a little bit better. Feel free to reach out to us via e-mail in the links below.

Thanks again for your interest!

Libby & Emily
Chief & Assistant Chief Resident, 2018-2019


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