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Resident Life

Trainee Work Hours

The Department of Pathology complies with the ACGME rules both in spirit and to the letter. Trainee work hours are monitored by the hospital and residents complete a work hours survey from the Brigham GME Office quarterly.

  • Residents and clinical fellows must not work more than 80 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period.
  • One day in seven must be free of all patient care responsibilities, averaged over a four-week period.
  • Work periods of PGY-1 residents must not exceed 16 hours at one time.
  • Residents should have 10 hours, and must have 8 hours, free between scheduled work periods.
  • When residents take call from home and are called into the hospital, the time spent in the hospital must be counted toward the weekly work hour limit but does not count against the time off between shifts by initiating a new off period.
  • Time spent in patient care activities external to the educational program (“moonlighting”) should be counted toward the weekly work hour limit.
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital has policies and procedures to monitor and support the physical and emotional well-being of residents.

Evening and Weekend Call

Evening and weekend call at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for AP is taken by second-year residents as well as residents in the 2nd half of their 1st year. The AP residents cover frozen sections at night and on weekends along with a supervising attending pathologist. Autopsies are not routinely performed after hours or on weekends and holidays. A departmental contingency plan covers special circumstances.

CP call during nights and weekends is divided between the Hematology/Chemistry/Microbiology residents, who rotate responsibility for consultations involving those clinical laboratories, and the Blood Bank residents and fellows, and faculty, who share coverage for the Blood Bank calls. Supervision and back-up for all residents on call is provided by both fellows and senior staff.


Residents and clinical fellows receive four weeks of vacation per year. Please also see the Graduate Medical Education website for more details.

Resident Educational Allowance

Each resident entering year 1 of the AP or CP core will have a total of $2,000 available to spend during their 3-4 year training program. Each resident/clinical fellow entering the program following year 1 will have available $500 per full academic year in the program.

Unused allowance may be accrued from year to year, but may not be transferred or removed as cash upon leaving the program. Allowable expenses/reimbursements include travel to an approved medical/scientific meeting/course of choice, books, journal subscriptions, computer-related purchases, and/or other educational expenses. This allowance will supplement any existing special stipends (e.g., residents/clinical fellows presenting at a meeting and Chief Residents’ meeting allowance).

Travel to Scientific Meetings/Courses

Residents/fellows who have first-authored abstracts accepted for presentation (platform or poster) at scientific meetings may have reasonable travel expenses reimbursed up to $2,000 in a given academic year.

Resident Wellness

Resident wellness is a significant focus of the Department, the Mass General Brigham Graduate Medical Education (GME) office and BWH. Departmental, GME and BWH programs have been put in place to:

  • Build camaraderie and community
  • Champion professional development
  • Enhance resident and fellow resiliency
  • Decrease physician burnout

Wellness initiatives in the Department include educational/career development (book fund, reimbursement for conference fees); technology (access to ExpertPath, PATHprimer, other software programs); AP residents' room (for PGY1 and 2 residents with assigned desk/computer/microscope/lockable cubby and drawers) and CP residents' room (with assigned desk/computer/lockable drawers); social activities and daily sustenance (monthly TGIF; breakfast and lunch provided at conferences; night-call meal tickets); scheduled Professionalism conference series including wellness topics; and peer and faculty mentorship support. The residents have also created and maintain a Wellness Committee in order to promote resident/fellow well-being, including physical, emotional, social, and intellectual wellness; maintain a peer support and advocacy network; and provide wellness education and opportunities.

The Mass General Brigham GME office and the hospital offer a number of important resources related to wellness and wellbeing, including assistance in getting a primary care doctor, a BWH faculty/trainee mental health program, an episodic care clinic on hospital grounds, an employee assistant program, a lease guaranty program, taxi vouchers, and discounted membership to Bodyscapes Fitness. In addition, the Department has a representative on the Resident/Fellow Well-being Task Force.

Resident Teaching Opportunities

The resources of the Department of Pathology support a full range of educational programs at Harvard Medical School (HMS), the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and active participation in teaching is strongly encouraged for faculty and trainees in the Department. Faculty, fellows, and trainees of the Department of Pathology serve as instructors; faculty typically participate in these courses as course directors or lead instructors, while trainees participate as laboratory instructors and discussion group leaders. To encourage and recognize teaching, residents in the Department of Pathology are appointed as Clinical Fellows at HMS. Please visit our Medical and Graduate School Education page for more information.

BWH and Harvard Medical School Resources

Boston and Massachusetts Information

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is located in Boston, Massachusetts, affording our residents access to the many amenities of Boston and New England.

Boston is a cosmopolitan city of contrasts: neat rows of red brick town houses and some of the nation's most revered landmark buildings stand side by side with high-tech towers.

More than 70 universities and colleges make their home office and their influence is felt throughout the area. These institutions have extensive libraries, museums and special events. The Boston Pops and the Boston Ballet are mainstays of the performing arts.

Bostonians have four major-league sports teams: the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins and the Patriots. Fenway Park, one of America's oldest baseball parks, is located in the heart of the city and is only a mile from Brigham and Women's Hospital.

On Newbury Street, elegant boutiques, art galleries and coffee houses are located in 19th century town houses. Nearby, Copley Place and The Shops at the Prudential Center offers more than 200 enclosed shops and restaurants. The city has many other attractions, such as Faneuil Hall, the Arnold Arboretum, The New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science and its four-story Omnimax Theater. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum are less than a half mile from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Cape Cod, only 60 miles from Boston, offers 27,000 acres of beaches. There are warm-water beaches, an abundance of seafood, summer theater and challenging golf courses. The Cape Cod National Seashore offers miles of bicycle and nature trails, long stretches of sandy beaches and desert-like sand dunes.

The nearby islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard offer their own brand of sandy beaches, pine forests, rolling hills and moors and delightful towns. Each can be reached by air and by passenger and car ferries. Martha's Vineyard is a picturesque turn-of-the-century community and a year-round ferry port. Nantucket, where whaling ships made their home, is 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. It has elegant restaurants and antiques, crafts and specialty stores in addition to its relaxing beaches.

A quick drive West or North provides access to the Berkshires and the White Mountains. Abundant natural beauty provides an inviting setting for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. To many, Massachusetts is one of the most exciting places to live in America. Having come from around the globe for the academic and clinical opportunities, many stay and come to call Boston “home.”


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