Pathology Residency Curriculum
Residents in the Department of Pathology at NYU Long Island School of Medicine are exposed to a wide variety of cases in all disciplines of pathology. Our dynamic curriculum combines hands-on clinical training with focused didactics and conferences, and residents are supported by a full-service laboratory at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island that processes more than a million specimens annually.
The Pathology Residency empowers residents to gain a wide range of skills, with a level of responsibility and independence that progresses each year. We provide an optimal pathologist-to-resident ratio which allows for an excellent learning opportunity for our residents.
Pathology Residency program aims include the following:
- prioritize patient care as the core value that guides diagnostic work, research, and education
- provide trainees with medical knowledge through didactic sessions, exposure to diverse cases, and clinical laboratory and research experience to enable them to pass their boards and to have successful careers in which they play vital roles in patient care
- set an example of professionalism, communication skills, lifelong practice-based learning, and critical thinking
- provide a support system that allows for personal and professional growth, minimizes burnout, and promotes resilience and wellbeing
Pathology residents have access to an incredible volume of specimens: each year we process more than 50,000 surgical pathology specimens, 1 million clinical pathology specimens, 80 to 100 autopsies, and 5,500 cytopathology specimens.
Residents can enroll in one of two tracks: a four-year anatomic pathology and clinical pathology track or a three-year anatomic pathology track.
Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology Track
In postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1), residents spend nine blocks training in anatomic pathology and three blocks in clinical pathology.
In PGY-2, residents spend six blocks training in anatomic pathology and five blocks in clinical pathology, with one block dedicated to elective rotation.
In PGY-3, residents spend six blocks training in anatomic pathology and six blocks in clinical pathology.
In PGY-4, residents spend five blocks training in anatomic pathology and four blocks in clinical pathology, with three blocks dedicated to elective rotations and research.
Anatomic Pathology Track
In PGY-1, anatomic pathology residents spend six blocks training in surgical pathology, four blocks in autopsy pathology, and one block each in cytopathology and informatics.
In PGY-2, residents spend five blocks training in surgical pathology, two blocks in hematopathology, and one block each in neuropathology, autopsy pathology, fine-needle aspiration, and forensic pathology, with one block dedicated to elective rotation or research.
In PGY-3, residents spend four blocks training in surgical pathology, and one block each in autopsy pathology/electron microscopy, gynecologic cytopathology, molecular pathology, and dermatopathology, with four blocks dedicated to elective rotations or research.
Active learning across the full spectrum of disease is enhanced by protected time to attend regularly scheduled conferences. A two-year conference schedule covers all organ systems with didactic lectures, slide review, case-based clinical pathology on-call conferences, and board review conferences. Complex and difficult cases are regularly reviewed at multi-headed subspecialty consensus conferences, which increase the residents’ exposure to case material.
In addition to conventional lectures and conferences, residents attend and participate in quality improvement projects, autopsy quality assurance, radiology–pathology conferences, surgical morbidity and mortality, multidisciplinary tumor boards, journal club, and quarterly research meetings.
Our impressive MD and PhD faculty offer expert instruction, and didactic lectures and board review conferences enhance exposure to an enormous amount of clinical material in the lab and at the bedside. Residents participate in on-call decision-making. Quality improvement and lab management strategies are incorporated into the curriculum, and a wide variety of interdisciplinary activities round out the comprehensive learning experience.
Didactic teaching conferences include the following:
- autopsy pathology
- breast pathology
- cardiothoracic pathology
- gastrointestinal pathology
- general surgical pathology
- genitourinary pathology
- gynecologic pathology
- hematology and hematopathology
- molecular pathology
- obstetric and gynecologic pathology
- orthopedic pathology
- pediatric pathology
- pulmonary pathology
- renal pathology
- transfusion medicine
Multi-headed microscope conferences include interesting and difficult cases, subspecialty consensus conferences, and frozen section slide review.
Residents participate in a variety of interdisciplinary conferences, including Surgical Morbidity and Mortality, Gastrointestinal Conference, and Radiology–Pathology Conference, and all subspecialty tumor boards including gynecology, gastrointestinal, rectal cancer, endocrine, genitourinary, breast, and neurology.
We encourage residents to present seminars on chosen topics and participate in all levels of departmental and interdepartmental research activity. We provide ample support for residents to attend and present at local and national pathology meetings, and all residents present at the annual NYU Long Island School of Medicine House Staff Research Day under the direction of attending staff members in anatomic and clinical pathology. Our residents consistently present their posters in national meetings and publish in refereed journals during their training.