Department of Pathology

Pathology Residency Program

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:

  • Recruitment and longitudinal mentorship of talented Residents and Fellows who have a strong interest in Academic Pathology
  • Highly flexible, cutting-edge and hands-on clinical-diagnostic training in Pathology and its subspecialties
  • Extensive exposure to anatomic and clinical pathology cases via integrated systems with Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children's Hospital and the Partners Health Care community network.
  • Emphasis on advanced molecular diagnostics and medical/bio-informatics technologies and clinical/research applications in Pathology
  • Innovative educational programs and teaching 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 career development

Residency Training

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.

Strength of Our Program

The key strengths of our training programs include:

  • Highly talented residents and fellows with professed interest, and often previous accomplishments, as physician-scientists and/or clinically-oriented leaders in Academic Pathology
  • A faculty comprising a multifaceted and collegial community of highly committed and interactive professionals, 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 with a generous volume characterized by a broad diversity of clinical specimens.  There is an emphasis on direct resident-faculty contact, resident involvement in clinical decision-making, communication with clinical colleagues, clinical innovation, and understanding mechanisms of disease
  • An extensive and highly structured curriculum that emphasizes hands-on training and active learning in rotations and an extensive curriculum of conferences and tutorials, most designed especially for resident education
  • General and subspecialty rotations/sign-outs, with graduated responsibilities that provide added diagnostic experience
  • Flexibility to concentrate full-time in AP or CP sub-specialty(ies) of choice, following completion of core training in years 1-2 (AP or CP) or years 1-3 (AP/CP)
  • Extensive exposure to state-of-the-art technologies, including flow cytometry, fine needle aspiration (FNA), cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics, and Pathology-related medical informatics and computational biology
  • High program flexibility, with an emphasis on supporting a broad spectrum of individualized goals
  • 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 basic, bench-to-bedside (translational), and clinical research with strong mentoring in the Department and elsewhere at BWH, the 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 in clinical rotations at the hospital
  • A strong track record of academic achievement, career development, and leadership roles for our trainees
  • Longstanding stability of both the training programs and the Department, coupled with the capacity and resources to rapidly adapt to changing training and practice needs and to integrate developing technologies, including molecular diagnostics in support of personalized medicine, medical- and bio-informatics and digital imaging

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