Department of Pathology

Pathology Residency Program

The core educational mission for the BWH Pathology Department is to train leaders in academic medicine and in the art and practice of pathology. For decades, we have recruited the most talented trainees and have provided top-quality instruction in the clinical aspects of the discipline. Further, we believe that developing future leaders in academic pathology involves an integrated approach to education, research, and service. The Department is committed to providing exceptional clinical and scientific opportunities and mentorship to facilitate outstanding preparation for a broad diversity of career paths.

To encourage and enable such training, the educational experience is organized around several key elements:

  • Recruitment of talented residents and fellows who have a strong interest or established track record in anatomic and/or clinical pathology, including physician-scientists.
  • Highly flexible and cutting-edge training in pathology and its subspecialties, including molecular diagnostics, informatics and digital pathology.
  • Extensive exposure to anatomic and clinical pathology cases at Brigham and Women's Hospital as well as via integrated partnerships with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children's Hospital and the Partners HealthCare community network including Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, as well as global health opportunities via our partnership with Partners In Health.
  • Innovative educational programs and educational leadership opportunities at all levels, from undergraduate teaching at Harvard Medical School to postgraduate and continuing education at the national and international level.
  • Robust and abundant mentored training opportunities spanning the gamut from basic to translational to clinical research.
  • An intellectually stimulating environment and collegial workplace that promotes trainee retention and career development.

RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAM

The Residency Training Program has long been a flagship of the BWH Pathology Department and, with the growth of the Department and clinical service lines, is associated with multiple ACGME-accredited and institutionally-approved subspecialty fellowships. Dr. Elizabeth Morgan is the Program Director of the Pathology Residency Training Program and is responsible for residency recruitment and education across Anatomic Pathology (AP) and Clinical Pathology (CP). Dr. Marisa Nucci serves as Associate Residency Program Director with a focus on AP. Dr. Stacy Melanson serves as Associate Residency Program Director with a focus on CP.

The Residency Program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital provides both depth and breadth of training in AP (3 years), CP (3 years), or combined AP/CP (4 years). The Residency is accredited by the ACGME for 38 residents.

The Residency Training Program is designed to meet the full certification requirements of the American Board of Pathology, while maximizing flexibility toward a spectrum of career goals. The program emphasizes achievement of core competencies in contemporary diagnostic AP and/or CP, graduated responsibilities, and a large menu of advanced elective experiences, fellowship opportunities in pathology subspecialties, teaching and leadership opportunities, and 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, the clinical volume and subspecialty mix, and evolving technologies.

The key strengths of our training programs include:

  • A faculty comprising a multifaceted and collegial community of highly committed professionals who enjoy teaching and are talented educators, with a shared value system that emphasizes excellence, mentoring, and collaboration; many are established or emerging academic leaders.
  • A rigorous core program in AP, CP, or AP/CP characterized by high and diverse clinical specimen volume, with emphasis on resident-faculty interactions, protected previewing time, resident involvement in clinical decision-making, communication with clinical colleagues and clinical innovation.
  • An extensive and highly structured curriculum that emphasizes hands-on training and active learning in rotations, as well as a comprehensive schedule of conferences and didactic sessions, most designed especially for resident education.
  • Both general and subspecialty rotations/sign-outs in anatomic pathology, with graduated responsibilities that provide added diagnostic experience.
  • Rotation flexibility to support a broad array of individual goals:
    • AP residents: a two-year anatomic pathology core experience followed by a flexible year of subspecialty electives of choice including up to 6 months of research.
    • AP/CP residents: a two-year anatomic pathology core experience followed by an integrated two-year experience of 15 months of CP core and 9 months of flexible subspecialty electives of choice including up to 6 months of research.
    • CP residents: 15 months of CP core experience integrated with flexible subspecialty electives of choice and significant protected research time.
  • Extensive exposure to the application of state-of-the-art technologies, including advanced molecular diagnostics, personalized medicine, pathology-related medical informatics, and computational pathology.
  • A strong tradition of trainee mentoring, including mentorship provided by fellow residents, clinical fellows, junior and senior faculty, and alumni of the program.
  • Extensive opportunities to participate in high-quality mentored basic, bench-to-bedside (translational), and clinical research in the Department and elsewhere at BWH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the broader biomedical research community in Boston.
  • Opportunities to teach medical students in pathology and pathophysiology courses at Harvard Medical School, and during medical student rotations in the Department.
  • An exceptional track record of academic achievement, clinical and research career development, and leadership roles amongst our trainees.
  • Longstanding stability of both the training programs and the Department, complemented by the capacity and resources to rapidly adapt to changing training and practice needs and to integrate developing technologies.

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