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Pathology Residency Overview and Aims

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. Fei Dong 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 educational experience is organized around the following Program Aims:

  • Maintain an intellectually-stimulating, inclusive environment and a collegial workplace that supports the well-being and career development of trainees.
  • Provide highly-flexible, innovative and hands-on diagnostic training in pathology and its subspecialties with an emphasis on direct resident-faculty contact, broad case exposure, cutting-edge methodologies, and graduated responsibilities to ensure our program produces exceptional diagnostic pathologists.
  • Promote leadership skills, professional responsibility, patient safety, effective communication, service to the community and excellence in patient care.
  • Foster expertise in teaching and mentorship by providing opportunities for trainees to educate and/or advise students, peers, allied health professionals and the global pathology community.
  • Provide all residents and fellows with opportunities to engage in high-quality mentored basic, translational and/or clinical research, including support for an extended research experience during or after residency.

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 protected research time.
    • AP/CP residents: a two-year anatomic pathology core experience followed by an integrated two-year experience of 18 months of CP core and 6 months of flexible subspecialty electives of choice including protected research time.
    • CP residents: 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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