University of Texas Medical Branch

Program Information

The University of Texas Medical Branch offers fully accredited training programs in both anatomic and clinical pathology, and offers advanced fellowship training in surgical pathology, cytopathology, and dermatopathology, leading to subspecialty certification by the American Board of Pathology. Fellowship training is also offered in clinical microbiology and clinical chemistry leading to certification by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, respectively. Residents may elect three years of anatomic pathology or three years of clinical pathology, each leading to certification, or a four-year program in anatomic and clinical pathology leading to certification in both areas. The advanced fellowships described above lead to eligibility for special competence certification if such is available from the Board. All reasonable attempts are made to fit the program to the career objectives of the individual. In the anatomic pathology program, residents assume increasing diagnostic responsibility under staff supervision in surgical pathology, cytopathology, autopsy, dermatopathology, forensic pathology, pediatric pathology, neuropathology, liver pathology, transplantation pathology, and renal immunopathology. Clinical pathology offers a basic background in all disciplines of laboratory medicine, including clinical chemistry, hematopathology, coagulation, microbiology, transfusion medicine, cytogenetics, molecular diagnostics, laboratory administration and informatics. Diagnostic Management Teams (DMT) provide comprehensive diagnostic interpretation of anatomic and clinical pathology data to our clinicians. Information comes from our diagnostic experts as a personalized, expert driven narrative about the differential diagnosis for a patient evaluation. In addition, we have developed personalized interpretations that are disease-specific and have input not only from the pathologist, but also from investigators studying that particular disease. Pathology residents at UTMB are exposed in real-time to active clinical cases and play a meaningful and important role in the DMTs. Residents graduating from our program will be uniquely qualified to serve as real partners with treating physicians as they confidently provide valuable diagnostic information to their clinical peers in other medical disciplines. The department maintains fully equipped laboratories for electron microscopy, molecular biology, immunopathologic, biochemical, cytochemical and tissue culture studies. Outstanding research opportunities for residents are available in the department and the affiliated Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Areas of expertise for research include infectious diseases and biodefense, tropical and emerging infectious diseases, aging, translational research, molecular oncology, toxicology, drug abuse, endocrinology, and neurodegenerative diseases, among others.

Twenty positions are available and 4-6 are offered at the PGY-1 level through the National Residency Matching Program.

The University of Texas Medical Branch campus is located on Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico, two miles from the Texas mainland which is reached by a causeway or ferry. The Medical Branch consists of a complex of 75 major buildings on its main campus (and has numerous community-based sites in Texas), covering 84 acres, and houses the state’s oldest medical school. Also on campus are the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, the Marine Biomedical Institute, the Institute for the Medical Humanities, Center for Molecular Sciences, the Center for Biomedical Engineering and the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases. UTMB is also home to the Galveston National Laboratory (the first national biocontainment laboratory) which provides state of the art research capabilities for infectious agents ranging from biosafety level 2 to 4. Total student enrollment is 3,300. The Medical Branch Hospitals function as a multicategorical referral center for the State of Texas, ensuring a rich variety of clinical material. The hospitals are all physically interconnected, with a total of 680 beds. Two state-of-the art facilities, the Jennie Sealy Hospital and the Clinical Support Building, were completed in 2016. The Victory Lakes Campus currently operates surgical clinics and a day hospital with 100 beds. UTMB also recently opened the Clear Lake Campus for an additional 191 bed community hospital. UTMB offers more than 60 residency and fellowship programs. The Moody Library, one of the largest medical libraries in the Southwest, has more than 250,000 bound volumes. The anatomic pathology division processes ~18,000 surgical accessions/year, ~40,000 cytopathology specimens/year (gynecological: ~38,000; non-gynecological: ~1,000/year; FNA: ~1,000/year) and performs approximately 300 autopsies per year. The clinical laboratory makes approximately 3,000,000 determinations per year. The patient population, geographic location and subtropical climate provide a remarkable diversity and quality of pathology material for breadth and depth of pathology education. A photography division is maintained within the department. There is a wide variety of sophisticated instrumentation in the clinical and research laboratories.

Galveston, a community of ~50,000 and a recreational center for Texas in a county of 340,000 residents, offers the gracious living of suburban America. The climate and unique beaches, bays and open water provide excellent opportunities year-round for recreational activities. Houston, 50 miles to the north, is reached easily by car. One of the largest metropolitan areas in the US, Houston offers a wide spectrum of cultural options including theater, opera, classical and modern music, libraries, museums, educational facilities, and professional and amateur athletics. Several small cities are found between Galveston and Houston, including the Clear Lake area which offers a great variety of suburbia and entertainment including the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (NASA). San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin are also relatively short drives and offer numerous attractions.

Application Instructions

PGY-1 residents receive appointments through the National Residency Matching Program. Intern and resident candidates must be graduates of approved medical schools in the US or Canada or must be graduates of foreign medical schools who have ECFMG certification. Must apply through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).

Stipend

Resident salaries (approximate) start at $56,191, increasing to $58,094 the second year, $59,895 the third year, $61,965 the fourth year, and $64,819 the fifth year. Hospitalization and malpractice insurance are provided along with a yearly allowance for professional development including travel to regional and national meetings.