Residency Program FAQs


Where do graduates of the program go after completion of training?

While the majority of BWH Pathology residents take positions in academia following the completion of training, the remainder pursue a wide variety of additional employment, including private practice, biotechnology and consulting. Graduates find positions in many geographic locations, both within the U.S. and internationally. For more information, please see the website section listing current and recent program graduates and their current positions.

What percent of graduates go into lab after completion of training?

The majority of the BWH Pathology Residents will take positions in academia following the completion of their training. As such, virtually all of those individuals will include a component of clinical-translational research in their day-to-day activities. Approximately 20-25% of Residents will elect to pursue advanced postdoctoral Fellowships in basic bench-top research that can lead to K- and R-funded research, and the BWH Pathology Department has an extremely strong track record for these individuals in securing funding and academic appointments.

What resources are available for helping trainees find/locate jobs?

Alumni from the Brigham and Women's Pathology training program can be found in senior positions at pathology departments throughout the country. The strong reputation of our training program and our network of accomplished alumni represent one of the best and most unique resources for locating a job after the completion of training. In addition, trainees frequently have the opportunity to meet with faculty from other institutions who travel to BWH to speak, often at pathology grand rounds, providing another mechanism to make professional contacts. Finally, many residents attend and present at academic pathology conferences such as the USCAP annual meeting, providing yet another opportunity for professional networking and to gain exposure as talented pathologists in training.

When do most trainees take AP, CP or AP/CP boards?

Trainees in AP- or CP-only training typically take the relevant Boards shortly after completion of their three-year curriculum. Residents in the combined AP/CP programs will take the Boards after the 4th or 5th years of their training.

What sort of board prep resources are provided/coordinated by the department?

Weekly lectures and teaching sessions specifically targeted at residents are held throughout the year with a curriculum designed to provide a comprehensive exposure to major boards topic areas. In addition, more focused small group review sessions, often with willing faculty members, are informally organized in the months prior to spring boards. The department hosts an extensive collection of pathology reference texts, many of which are suitable for boards review, and each anatomic pathology subspecialty service maintains a teaching slide set that can be used for review. Finally, residents preparing to take the boards often band together to form study and review groups.

What is the relationship between Pathology and other Boston area Institutions?

BWH is the primary pathology service for Dana Farber Cancer Center.  Clinical cases and pathology rotations are integrated with Boston Children's Hospital.  For research, the goal is to match residents with mentors and projects that advance their career goals.  This may include research at any Boston area institution.

What sort of collaborations or relationships (research, social, otherwise) are there between BWH and other Partners-affiliated hospitals?

Residents can undertake research in any laboratory within the greater Boston area, including in any of the Harvard- or non-Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals. Likewise, they can set up elective rotations at other hospitals in the area. BWH Pathology participates annually in a Partners-wide research retreat involving Faculty and trainees from both MGH and BWH. In addition, BWH is a major contributor to an annual Harvard-wide Pathology Research celebration involving talks and poster presentations, with an evening wine and cheese reception.

What sort of research do residents have time to participate in?

Sometime during their core training, residents will typically participate in at least one clinical-translational project based on questions and interests piqued by specimens encountered in day-to-day service. These can vary from computer-based data mining to immunohistochemistry- or genomics-based investigations. Indeed, BWH Pathology Residents and Fellows have consistently ranked among the top 3 programs in presenting posters and platform sessions at national meetings (such as USCAP). Once Residents enter into Fellowship training, they can undertake more in-depth problems, including basic bench-top research.

How many residents have children/families, and what are options and costs of child care?

A majority of Residents are married, and most begin their families while in their first 3 years of training. Child care in Boston is expensive ($15,000-25,000/year); BWH and Partners can provide limited contact information for child care opportunities, but the experience and connections of Residents and Fellows is extremely helpful.

Who can I contact with any further questions?

For questions and/or concerns, contact Margarita Rosado at marosado@bwh.harvard.edu or 617-732-8613.

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