Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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Diversified and flexible educational programs are available in anatomic and clinical pathology. In anatomic pathology residents gain a broad background in human disease by rotating in surgical pathology, cytopathology, autopsy, dermatopathology and forensic pathology. The surgical pathology service is fully subspecialized based on organ system. The clinical pathology program includes a core curriculum of rotations in clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematopathology, transfusion medicine, immunology, molecular pathology and cytogenetics. Forensic pathology training is provided at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. Residents are encouraged to pursue professional interests in depth and opportunities to participate in scholarly activities are abundant. Research areas include immunology and immunopathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, flow cytometry, transfusion medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, oncology, infectious disease, biomaterials and neuropathology. Residents and fellows participate in inter- and intradepartmental conferences, journal clubs, laboratory inspections, quality assurance activities and in the teaching of pathology to medical, dental and graduate students as well as observers. A physician-scientist research track which typically includes 3 years of AP or CP training in addition to 1-2 years of research is an option for uniquely qualified candidates.

There are a total of 24 resident positions in addition to fellowships in cytopathology, hematopathology, blood banking/transfusion medicine, and surgical pathology.

The Department of Pathology is primarily located on the main campus of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC), the flagship hospital of University Hospitals Health System (UHHS) and is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU-SOM). UHCMC, with over 1000 beds, provides primary, specialty and subspecialty medical and surgical care and has affiliations with Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital offering comprehensive neonatal and pediatric care, MacDonald Hospital for Women (Ohio’s only hospital for women) and the Seidman Cancer Center. The UH Seidman Cancer Center is the only free-standing hospital in Northeast Ohio dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and hematologic disorders. University Hospitals is one of the nation’s leading health care systems with the region’s largest network of hospitals. UHCMC has over 36,500 inpatient admissions and 210,000 outpatient visits per year. The Department of Pathology handles 1.4 million laboratory examinations yearly in highly automated and computerized facilities. The Division of Genomic and Molecular Pathology is a subspecialized academic department that provides molecular diagnostic services for the UHHS. Anatomic specimens reflect the full spectrum of adult and pediatric disease and include over 200 autopsies, 75,000 surgical specimens, and 50,000 cytology specimens. Experienced autopsy assistants, licensed pathology assistants, pathology grossing technicians and laboratory technicians are important members of the interprofessional team. UHCMC, CWRU and the OhioLink library system provide online access to a multitude of journals and books. A modern health and fitness club is available at moderate cost within one block of the hospital.

UHCMC and CWRU, on their interwoven campuses, are the largest of 33 institutional members of University Circle, an extensive and unique concentration of educational, scientific, artistic and cultural organizations with open green spaces. Close neighbors of the hospital are Severance Hall, home of the internationally renowned Cleveland Orchestra; the Cleveland Museum of Art, housing the country’s third largest art collection; the Cleveland Institute of Art; the Cleveland Institute of Music; the Western Reserve Historical Society; the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Cleveland is a major science, industry, technology, sports, music, theatre and health center, circumscribed by a metropolitan park and recreational system. Downtown Cleveland has seen a renaissance with the addition of new baseball, basketball and football stadiums, a science center, the Horseshoe Casino, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center. Access to downtown Cleveland, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and many suburbs is available from a surface rail transit station a few blocks from the hospital. Public and private schools in adjoining suburbs are excellent and affordable housing is readily obtainable close to the hospital.

Application Instructions

The Department of Pathology Residency Program accepts applications through AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Typically interviews are scheduled with faculty and residents before January 30th to facilitate selection of residents. Applications are considered in their entirety. The program sponsors the J1 visa. Tobacco users need not apply.


Residents (post-graduate year one) begin at $61,955 (2021). Malpractice, group life and disability insurance, 4-week vacation, book allowance, travel funds, sick leave, business cards and scrubs/uniform laundry are provided. Additionally, residents have access to board review materials and laboratory management curriculum provided by the program.