Department of Pathology

Residency Program Tracks

  1. Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP) – 4 years
  2. Pathologist Investigator Pathway (AP or CP and post-doctoral research) – 4 years
  3. Combined Anatomic and Neuropathology – 4 years
  4. Anatomic Pathology or Clinical Pathology (AP or CP) – 3 years

Track 1 – Combined AP/CP:  This track provides intensive foundational training in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.  The program is combined, with residents experiencing both AP and CP rotations during the year. The anatomic pathology required core includes rotations in diagnostic surgical pathology, autopsy and forensic medicine, cytology, dermatopathology, hematopathology, and neuropathology.  The clinical pathology required core includes rotations in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, transfusion medicine, and molecular and immunodiagnostics.  Elective time is arranged as to the individual resident’s interests either in research or in diagnostic fields.

Track 2 – AP only or CP only:  This track provides training in either anatomic or clinical pathology and consists of the first two years comprised of core rotations of anatomic/clinical pathology rotations, as well as elective time.  In an AP only track, cytogenetics/molecular genetics, molecular diagnostics, junior attending in surgical pathology, laboratory management and informatics are added to the curriculum as requirements.  Electives can be tailored to fit the specific needs of the resident.

Track 3 – Pathologist Investigator Pathway (AP/Research or CP/Research): This track is directed towards residents who are interested in a research-oriented residency program.  It is composed of two years of anatomic or clinical pathology training as described in track #2, followed by two years of supported post-doctoral research in any lab of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  Einstein is one of the top 20 medical research institutions in the United States and offers a wide variety of research opportunities.

Track 4 – AP/Neuropathology: This track is composed of two years of anatomic pathology training as described in track 2, followed by two years of neuropathology (combined primary and subspecialty certification).  The neuropathology component includes the gross and microscopic study of autopsy and surgical specimens, both current and archival, to develop experience in diagnostic neuropathology.  Residents assist in training medical staff from the Neurology Department, and are expected to engage in research projects within the Neuropathology Department.  Neuropathology can also been done as a fellowship after completion of AP-CP or AP only residency.

Core Rotation Requirements:  Each rotation comprises a number of  4-week “blocks." Each resident gets 4 weeks of vacation per year. Therefore, there are 48 rotation blocks in a 4-year residency; electives can be taken at any time within the 4 years as long as scheduling constraints are met.

There are a total of 43 core rotations, comprising 23 AP blocks, 19 CP blocks, and 1 AP/CP block.

Track 

Rotation 

Blocks 

Track 

Rotation 

Block 

AP 

Autopsy Pathology 

CP 

Blood Bank 

AP 

Cytopathology  

CP 

Chemistry 

AP 

Dermatopathology 

CP 

Cytogenetics 

AP 

Forensic Pathology 

CP 

Hematology 

AP 

Hematopathology 

CP 

Informatics 

0.5 

AP 

Neuropathology 

CP 

Lab Management 

0.5 

AP 

Surgical Pathology 

12 

CP 

Microbiology 

AP/CP 

Solid Organ Transplant 

CP 

Molecular Diagnostics 

  

  

  

CP 

Virology/Point of Care 

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