Department of Pathology
A core mission of BWH Department of Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is to train leaders in the art and practice of Pathology, as well as prepare physician-scientists who will transform diagnosis and therapy through an understanding of mechanisms of disease.
For decades, BWH Department of Pathology has recruited the most talented trainees and provided first-class instruction in the clinical aspects of pathology. To accomplish this, the department offers a strong and multi-faceted approach to education, research and service. This approach enables broad diversity in career paths at the forefront of modern pathology.
The training experience is organized around key themes:
The Residency Training Program has long been a flagship of BWH Department of Pathology. With the growth of the Department and clinical service lines, the training program is now associated with multiple ACGME-accredited subspecialty fellowships. Learn more about fellowship opportunities.
The Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital provides both depth and breadth of training in AP, CP or AP/CP. The Residency is accredited for 38 residents total and there are approximately 30 clinical fellows in the Department, in both accredited and non-accredited surgical pathology and subspecialty programs.
All residents gain strong clinical-diagnostic skills. Historically, the majority of our Resident Trainees have pursued academic careers, and many have become national leaders in Pathology.
Consequently, the training program is designed to meet the full certification requirements of the American Board of Pathology, while maximizing flexibility towards a wide spectrum of career goals. It does so by emphasizing achievement of core competencies in contemporary diagnostic AP and/or CP with graduated responsibilities, and by offering a large menu of advanced electives, subspecialty fellowship opportunities, teaching and leadership opportunities, and experience in basic, translational, or clinical research.
The training program is continually evolving and improving, building on the input of Trainees, Faculty, and external experts. Changes are also implemented as needed to meet the specific requirements of the American Board of Pathology, the career needs of our residents, our clinical volume and subspecialty mix, and to incorporate evolving technologies.
Every incoming resident is provided with an iPad and can utilize our extensive library of electronic references, both through our department and the Harvard-based Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, one of the largest medical libraries in the world.
The key strengths of our training programs include:
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