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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 hope to provide you with a brief glimpse into our program. I invite you to further 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 the fields of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology while providing the highest quality of care for all patients. For decades, we have sought to recruit the most talented trainees and cultivate their development 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 and ensure that we are providing the most up-to-date training in contemporary disciplines such as advanced molecular diagnostics, computational pathology and informatics. Our Department provides exceptional clinical and scientific opportunities and mentorship to prepare our graduates for a broad range of career paths.

As a Department, we are also committed to fostering a more inclusive, diverse and equitable environment for all who work here. Within the residency program, this priority begins at recruitment and continues throughout the program, manifested as dedication to providing a welcoming, supportive and transparent work environment as well as opportunities for community involvement and outreach. Our program also works closely with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and several residents serve on our departmental Diversity Task Force. Indeed, ensuring that the voices of our trainees are heard has greatly aided us in this mission. The advancement of our discipline, and the care of our patients, will depend upon a community of practitioners 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 residents what they wanted you to know about the Department, and here is a snapshot of their responses. In reviewing all of their comments, the word that came up most frequently was supportive. We believe this attribute reflects our commitment not only to the career development of our trainees, but also to their wellbeing. During this era of social distancing, although we are not able to engage in all of the activities we have enjoyed together in the past (like our first-year hiking trip or in-person TGIFs), we have been finding novel and creative ways to foster our sense of community and maintain our focus on wellness.

Of course, another challenge with virtual recruitment is that you are unable to explore our facilities and our city in person. Therefore, we also invite you to review videos put together by our GME office to learn more about our hospital and the Boston area. We hope that these videos will give you a sense of what it will be like to work and live here with us.

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!

You have undoubtedly experienced several of the challenges that the COVID-19 crisis has presented to the medical community and our society. During these unprecedented times, we have seen our co-residents, faculty, staff, and institution at their very best, working to support and guide one another with a singular focus. Now, as we progress toward achieving our "new normal," we continue to experience that compassion and our program's commitment to our development as leaders in the field of Pathology.

While the physical means by which we engage in training, clinical consultation, and care delivery have been temporarily modified to allow for social distancing, rest assured that our Residency Program and Department remain deeply committed to providing a premier education for all trainees. At the height of the pandemic, we rapidly adapted both our clinical services as well as our curriculum to minimize the number of personnel on site while limiting the impact on our training. At the same time, COVID-19 has presented unique opportunities for our Department to strongly contribute to our understanding of the disease pathogenesis, as well as develop our own diagnostic tools to test for coronavirus infection. BWH Pathology has truly risen to the occasion, and residents and fellows have been instrumental to the success of these endeavors.

COVID-19 has substantively transformed the ways that we engage with medical education and healthcare, however we would be remiss to ignore the glaring instances of racial and social injustice that continue to take place throughout our country. In the wake of these events, we have had several frank and open discussions in our Department: 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.

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

Your AY20-21 Chief Residents,
Esther Baranov (AP)
Allison Cleary (AP/CP)
James DiCarlo (CP)
Daniel DiToro (CP)
Tony Isidro-Vega (AP)
Fabienne Lucas (CP)
Tony Sheets (AP)

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