Duke University Medical Center

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ACGME-accredited programs in anatomic and clinical pathology ensure preparedness to successfully practice pathology but also have flexibility to support individual academic development. Anatomic pathology training is offered in autopsy pathology, general and subspecialty, surgical pathology, forensic pathology, fine needle aspiration and cytopathology, and molecular pathology. Clinical pathology training is offered in medical microbiology, transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry, cytogenetics, immunopathology, coagulation medicine, flow cytometry, hematopathology, molecular diagnostics, informatics, and laboratory management. There are daily teaching conferences for residents and all residents in the department participate in medical student teaching activities with the faculty. Fellowships are available in cytopathology, dermatopathology, hematopathology, medical microbiology, neuropathology, and surgical pathology.

The Duke University Health System (DUHS) is a full-service tertiary and quaternary care system and currently comprises three hospitals (Duke University, Duke Regional and Duke Raleigh) with over 1,300 beds. The Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Medical Pavilion are new state-of-the-art patient care facilities at Duke. An affiliation with the Durham Veterans Affairs Hospital (271 beds) provides additional training opportunities. Duke laboratories perform over 8 million laboratory tests each year to support the care of the many hundreds of thousands of patients who come to Duke each year. There are over 45,000 surgical pathology cases, 30,000 gynecologic cytology cases and 9,000 non-gyn cases a year, approximately 1,800 of which are fine needle aspiration biopsies. The cytology service runs an outpatient FNA clinic offering ultrasound guided biopsies. The annual number of autopsies is approximately 250. The Pathology Department is fully equipped with the most up to date technology for diagnosis and research. The residents have 24-hour access to the Forbus Reading Room, which houses essential textbooks and ample study materials. Within the department, the residents have personal carrels and are provided with laptop computers and microscopes. Our state-of-the-art media room allows for teaching and meetings in many configurations. Equipped with automated room controls, all computer and media functions, live-image microscope, and digital projector, the room is a versatile and comfortable space for departmental use. https://mclibrary.duke.edu

The State of North Carolina is known for its great beauty, moderate climate and four real seasons. Durham is known as the City of Medicine, with healthcare as a major industry. Durham is a city/county of over 525,000 located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina with easy access to both sea and mountains. It is positioned in the Research Triangle, within fifteen miles of North Carolina State University in Raleigh and eight miles from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Research Triangle Park (RTP) is a world-renowned university related research park composed of a large number of governmental and research institutes as well as large companies which provide many employment opportunities outside medicine. Besides the legendary college basketball teams, Durham and the triangle offer a minor league baseball team and professional ice hockey franchise; affordable housing, easy commutes, varied restaurants and a thriving arts scene, making Durham an ideal choice for residency training. Also visit: http://durhamchamber.org/ http://www.dpacnc.com/events & http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/nc/duke-university-medical-center-6360355

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) no later than November 1. Required documentation consists of curriculum vitae, personal statement, and three current letters of recommendation (minimum 1 pathologist), dean’s letter and transcript. Every resident is required to take and pass USMLE Step 3 before the end of the first year of training.


First year residents: $54,660 yearly (2017-2018 stipend), with annual increments. Duke provides each resident with health insurance at no cost, and long-term disability insurance. Dental insurance is offered by the hospital at a reasonable rate. Residents and fellows are provided with professional liability insurance, uniforms and uniform laundry, and parking facilities. An exercise facility is available on-site and at no charge. The Pathology house staff receive an annual $1,500 book/travel allowance from the department and additional travel allowance for presentations at scientific meetings.