Department of Pathology

Residency Program Description

Residency Program Director

Dr. Jacob Steinberg, M.D.
Montefiore Medical Center
111 East 210th Street
Gold Zone, Room 312
Bronx, NY 10467

Tel: 718.920.6573


Residency Program Administrator

Zudith Lopez
Montefiore Medical Center
111 East 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467

Tel: 718-920-6573
Fax: 718-547-8349


Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Training Program

This program provides a strong foundation in both clinical and anatomic pathology which would prepare residents for either an academic- or community-based practice.  Such training includes two years each of anatomic and clinical pathology, each with a 20-month core and elective time.  Collaborative or intra-departmental research is encouraged as is the identification of an area of interest/expertise. The schedule is made in 4-week modules. Elective time can be used to further investigate an area of interest or for research. Many of the residents who finish the program continue their training with subspecialty fellowships either at MMC or at other distinguished programs.

Wide varieties of regularly scheduled teaching conferences are conducted in the various subspecialties of Pathology, as well as with relevant clinical departments.

During both AP and CP rotations residents are exposed to and become involved in lab management and clinical consultative experience to excel in a position in an academic environment, community hospital setting, or commercial laboratory. Electives include Gynecologic Pathology, Ultrastructural pathology, Biopsy “Hot Seat,” “Junior Attending" sign out, Orthopedic pathology, Ophthalmic Pathology, Oral Pathology, Immunohistochemical and specialized Laboratory techniques, and Molecular pathology.

Four weeks of vacation are provided each year.  Scheduling of the four years of residency is individualized; however, residents will spend time in both AP and CP during each year of training.


AP Training Program

The Anatomic Pathology Training Program is part of the Unified Department of Pathology, which provides service to Montefiore Medical Center (MMC) – including the Moses Division (West Campus), Weiler/Einstein Division (East Campus) and North Division.  Residents and fellows rotate between these two hospitals, which together comprise over 1,000 beds and annually process over 60,000 surgical specimens, 43,500 cytology specimens (including fine needle aspirations) and 140 autopsies.  In addition, the Department of Pathology has a molecular cytogenetics laboratory and a molecular diagnostics facility.  The Anatomic Pathology faculty has a wide range of subspecialty and research interests, are eager to teach, and are accessible to the pathologists-in-training.  Additionally, the Department of Pathology actively participates in teaching medical students at the affiliated Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  AP-CP and AP only residents must complete anatomic core rotations and electives which are divided into 4 week blocks.  The third year of the AP only residency can be tailored to fit specific needs of the resident.  Residents are encouraged to become involved in research projects ranging from case reports to immunohistochemical studies, to translational studies.  Access to the Internet as well as comprehensive libraries is available at all campuses for literature reviews, Internet study sites, and case work-ups.


Anatomic Pathology or Clinical Pathology Program

Residents who chose AP or CP only pathway, take required core rotations during their first two years, followed by a third year that is tailored to fit the specific needs of the resident.


CP Training Program

The objective of the CP Residency Training program is to prepare the resident to ultimately function independently as a Director of a clinical laboratory. In analyzing what Directors actually do, it becomes clear that they utilize a broad knowledge base of information in their specialty to advise clinicians as to the choice of laboratory tests and significance of laboratory test results. Directors devise diagnostic strategies, interpret laboratory tests, troubleshoot procedures, choose among different methodologies in establishing new tests for the laboratory and evaluate instrumentation. They must also oversee quality management and performance improvement plans, prepare budgets and cost analyses, as well as teach technologists, Pathology residents and other clinicians. Although they rarely actually perform routine diagnostic testing, directors must have a comprehensive knowledge of the principles, methodologies and implications of each test to effectively carry out their duties. To achieve this level of knowledge we will pursue a system of training that begins with passive learning of each specialty and progresses to hands on experience in the activities that Directors are expected to perform.

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