The University of Vermont Medical Center, Vermont’s academic medical center, offers a combined training program in anatomic and clinical pathology that is designed to provide an integrated exposure to anatomic pathology and clinical laboratory medicine but is also sufficiently flexible to permit time for the resident to pursue areas of individual interest and research. Residents gain experience in autopsy pathology, surgical pathology, cytology, neuropathology, forensic pathology, cytogenetics, clinical chemistry, hematology, coagulation, blood banking, microbiology, clinical immunology, molecular genetics, medical informatics, and lab management in the setting of a centralized, full-service laboratory. Active research programs are currently in progress in most major areas of experimental pathology. Weekly seminars and conferences systematically cover the theory and practice of laboratory medicine and anatomic pathology. A variety of research opportunities provides for a well-rounded exposure to the field of pathology. The training program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and meets the requirements of the American Board of Pathology for certification in anatomical and clinical pathology.
There are 16 resident positions in pathology. In general, 4 first-year positions are available each year. Fellowship positions in cytopathology, dermatopathology, surgical pathology and hematopathology are available.
The University of Vermont Medical Center has a combined bed capacity of 562, which makes this one of the larger and more comprehensive general hospitals in New England. In partnership with the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and with a growing number of community hospitals throughout Vermont and upstate New York, the medical center has a large patient referral area. The department supports the services provided by the Vermont Cancer Center, Level 1 Trauma team, Neonatal ICU, kidney and pancreas transplant program, and an autologous stem cell transplant program. The laboratory occupies approximately 60,000 square feet on 2 floors of the main hospital building. Approximately 400 autopsies are carried out annually on hospital and forensic cases; approximately 40,000 surgical pathology specimens and over 53,000 cytopathology examinations (32,200 gyn, 4,400 non-gyn, 1,900 fine needle aspirations) are performed each year. In addition, all clinical laboratories in the University of Vermont Medical Center are directed by members of the Pathology Department. Over 2.5 million tests are performed in these laboratories annually. The University of Vermont Medical Center is the teaching hospital for the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. This affords complete access to all university facilities including the general library and the medical library. Space and excellent facilities are available for a variety of clinical or fundamental pathology research projects. The laboratory is fully computerized for the recording, storage, retrieval, and analysis of data. In addition, we have an alliance with Mayo Medical Laboratories. A full range of information services is available through the Department and the Dana Medical Library.
Burlington is Vermont’s largest city, with a population of approximately 150,000 in the metropolitan area. The countryside consists of suburbs, farms, and woodlands, affording beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the New York Adirondack and Vermont Green Mountains, while the city itself has a cosmopolitan, university-oriented population. As the largest city in the State of Vermont, the community attracts outstanding musical and stage performances. In addition, there are chamber arts series, summer concerts and plays, and several active local theater groups. As well as an arts district, an active city waterfront, museums, and farmers markets. Nearby outdoor activities include skiing, snowboarding, bicycling, hiking, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, boating, fishing and hunting. Minor League baseball and the University’s Division 1ice hockey, basketball and lacrosse games are within walking distance of the hospital. Burlington is served by an international airport which provides ready access to other major cities in the country.