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Pathology Residency Program Director and Chief Residents Welcome Message

Welcome Message from Program Director

Dear Applicants,

We are delighted that you are interested in learning about our program! In this message and the one below from our current chief residents, we aim to provide you with a brief but informative glimpse into our program. I invite you to explore our website for more detailed information.

The core educational mission of the BWH Pathology Department is to train the next generation of diagnosticians, educators, investigators and leaders in Pathology while providing the highest quality of care for our patients. For decades, we have sought to recruit and cultivate the development of trainees by providing outstanding instruction in the clinical aspects of the discipline, abundant opportunities for clinical, translational and basic research, and unique experiences for growth as an educator. Upon this strong foundation, we are also constantly challenging ourselves to innovate within our curriculum to ensure that we provide state-of-the-art training in contemporary disciplines such as molecular diagnostics, computational pathology and informatics. Our department provides exceptionally deep and far-ranging clinical and scientific opportunities and the mentorship needed to prepare our graduates for a broad range of career paths.

Our department is also committed to fostering a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all who work here. Within the residency program, this begins at recruitment and continues throughout the training experience, as demonstrated by our dedication to providing a welcoming, supportive and transparent work environment as well as opportunities for community involvement and outreach. Our program works closely with the BWH Center for Diversity and Inclusion and our trainees are an integral part of our department’s Diversity Taskforce. Indeed, ensuring that the voices of our trainees are heard has greatly aided us in our mission. The advancement of our discipline and the care of our patients depends on a community of professionals who reflect all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, and differential abilities. While we, as with medicine in general, have a long way to go, we are unwavering in our commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within our program.

In the time of COVID-19, one of our biggest challenges is to convey to you – our applicants – the culture of our program via virtual means. To this end, we asked our current and recently-graduated residents what they wanted you to know about the department, and here is a snapshot of their responses. In reviewing their comments, the word that came up most frequently was supportive. We believe that this attribute reflects our commitment not only to the career development of our trainees, but also to their wellbeing. As we emerge into a "new normal", we look forward to once again engaging in the activities we have enjoyed together in the past (like our first-year hiking trip or in-person TGIFs) while maintaining some of the novel and creative ways we fostered our sense of community throughout the pandemic.

We invite you to review videos put together by our Graduate Medical Education office to learn more about our hospital and the Boston area, as well as two short videos developed in collaboration with our pathology trainees and faculty to convey our department's strengths and culture. We hope that these videos will give you a sense of what it will be like to work and live here with us. We also invite you to follow us on Twitter! @Bwhpath

Thank you again for your interest in our program!

With Warm Regards,
Elizabeth A. Morgan, MD
Program Director, BWH Pathology Residency Training Program

Welcome Message from Chief Residents

Dear Applicants,

Thank you for your interest in the BWH Pathology Residency Program!

When current and past trainees are asked about their favorite aspect of our program, they often respond: "the people". At the Brigham, we are dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment rich in opportunities for trainees and staff to build on their unique interests and talents in a supportive setting. We believe diversity is a strength, and we reaffirm our dedication to fostering a robust, highly individualized environment that is inclusive of all trainees, regardless of their background. Our residency program and department are deeply committed to providing a premier education that will prepare our trainees to serve any of the myriad roles that pathologists assume within our healthcare system and beyond. Whether your interests and direction are well-defined or just developing, our community and curriculum are here to support, inspire, and guide you through your training experience.

The strength and resilience of our program has never been more apparent than during the past two years as we rapidly adapted and innovated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our department leadership moved quickly to restructure our physical spaces, educational didactics, and clinical sign outs to maintain a safe work environment while incurring the fewest disruptions to trainee education and clinical involvement. But that’s not all that happened.

In addition to overcoming the many logistical demands presented by the pandemic, our department validated and implemented 7 different COVID-19 testing platforms, including the development of one of the first PCR tests in the state of Massachusetts, and validated 5 different COVID-19 serology assays. In addition, we hired and trained over 200 new laboratorians and staff, implemented new testing for leukemia, colon cancer, solid tumors, epilepsy, and clotting disorders, and supported the training of over 250 staff for the Boston Hope field hospital. BWH Pathology has truly risen to the occasion of providing continuous world-class patient care and clinical education during an unprecedented challenge, and our residents and fellows have assumed critical roles in the success of these endeavors.

Now, as we actively transition to our "new normal", we again reflect on how excited and appreciative we are to be physically present together again and to be able to share the inspiration and passion that so define our department. We look forward to the continued growth of our program with the move to sub-specialization in anatomic pathology, the development and integration of digital pathology in our clinical and educational spaces, and continual innovation in clinical pathology. Perhaps most of all, we look forward to welcoming you, the applicants, during this 2021-22 recruitment season and sharing with you all the reasons we are proud to call this program our home.

We hope that you take the opportunity to learn more about the BWH Pathology Residency Program and are happy to answer any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Your Academic Year 2021-2022 Chief Residents,

Mischa Covington (CP)
Kara Gawelek (AP/CP)
Jun Liu (CP)
Paige Parrack (AP/CP)
Natalie Rizzo (AP/CP)
Sarah Wu (AP)


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