University of Rochester Medical Center

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The University of Rochester Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine trains exceptional residents for practice in the rapidly evolving field of Pathology.

Residents are integral physician-members of our team which is dedicated to serving a diverse patient population throughout western New York in an expanding regional healthcare model.

Residents are provided great breadth and depth of exposure to all fields in Pathology. With an Anatomic Pathology subspecialty model, strong Clinical Pathology training and diverse elective opportunities, residents can personalize their educational experience to prepare them for any future subspecialty or practice setting.

Residents participate in active research programs and projects to improve standards of practice, with the goal of developing pathologists who will drive the future of innovation in pathology.

The motto of the University is “Meliora”, meaning “ever better.” The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine trains residents to become the pathologists of the future that will continuously aim to be ever better.

What Makes Our Residency Unique

  • $1500 yearly educational allowance.
  • Twenty days of vacation per year.
  • Five sick days per year.
  • Department-supported laptop computer provided upon starting residency.
  • Many of Our faculty  are recognized internationally for their expertise in areas including myelodysplastic syndrome, hematopathology, neuropathology, cytopathology, molecular diagnostics and surgical pathology.
  • Flexible rotation scheduling aimed at training you in a subspecialized pathology practice.
  • The majority of the residents continue their pathology
    education with fellowship training at URMC or at  highly-ranked outside institutions.
  • Research support and guidance, including department funding for travel to one conference per year where presenting your research findings.
  • Salary support and research stipend are available through the Research Year-Out program, allowing our residents to obtain a Physician-Scientist Research Pathway Certification by the American Board of Pathology.
  • Nearly all required rotations are at Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH), a 850+-bed regional hospital with a free-standing Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital. Residents rotate at Highland Hospital (5 minute drive from SMH)  for Gynecologic Pathology and at the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office (10 minute drive from SMH) for Forensic Pathology.
  • A commitment at all levels of the department to the education and training of stellar residents.
  • A total of five administrative days are available for PGY-3 and PGY-4 trainees which are specifically used for travel to fellowship or job interviews, or if needed for relocation purposes.