Henry Ford Hospital

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A fully accredited program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology is offered with tracks in combined AP/CP, straight AP, or straight CP. A typical 4 years of training in the combined AP/CP track includes rotations in Autopsy, Surgical Pathology, Neuropathology, Molecular Pathology, Cytopathology, Forensic Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Serology, Immunopathology, Hematology, Transfusion Medicine, Urinalysis and Cytogenetics. The basics of Pathology are learned during core rotations in the various disciplines of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in the first two years. These concepts are expanded upon during the latter years of the program during which time the trainee also has the opportunity for elective rotations in areas of particular interest. Research opportunities are available in a variety of disciplines including Surgical Pathology, Hematology, Transfusion Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Immunopathology, Molecular Pathology, Cytogenetics, and Pathology Informatics. An additional educational forte is the sub specialization of the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Senior Staff Pathologists.

4-5 positions per year with a total of Sixteen offered in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

Henry Ford Hospital and Laboratory Network is made up of an 803 bed Main Hospital, 4 Community Hospitals and a Satellite Clinic system of 30 Regional Medical Centers. There is a 7-story Education and Research Building devoted primarily to basic research. It also houses Clinical Laboratories, Classrooms, and various support services. A 190-unit Apartment building is available for House Staff Officers and Families also Medical Students. The Department of Pathology at Henry Ford Hospital is founded upon a mission of service to Patients, Medical Staff, and the Community. The Department is composed of 46 Senior Staff Pathologists and Clinical PhD scientists and 800 plus Technical Staff. Currently, it is the 12th largest hospital-based laboratory in the United States. The Department in 2018 accessioned 116 Autopsies, 164,150 Surgical specimens, 3,800 Frozen Section Consultations, 68,556 Cytology specimens (11,032 Non-Gyn and 3,585 Fine Needle Biopsies), 16,000 Molecular and Genetic Samples, and 5,200 Hematopathology Specimens, including Bone Marrows, Peripheral Smears, Lymph Nodes and Soft Tissue. Over 12.6 million tests were performed in various laboratories. The Hospital Library contains over 20,000 volumes and subscribes to over 3,000 Medical journals, 1,300 Electronic books in addition to the excellent Inter-Library Loan Department and access to Internet Resources. The Laboratories are world famous for Quality and Lean management efficiency. The System is a 2011 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality award winner. In September 2013, the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of HFHS was accredited to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Quality Management Standard ISO 15189. HFHS is one of only 30 laboratories in the United States to meet these rigorous standards and is distinguished as the first ISO 15189 Accredited Integrated Laboratory System in the US and the only one in Michigan.

Henry Ford Hospital is located near the center of the City of Detroit and 10 minutes from its famed Detroit Renaissance Center and the Canadian border. The city has a robust athletic heritage offering 4 professional sports teams: Detroit Red Wings-Hockey, Detroit Tigers-Baseball, Detroit Lions-Football, Detroit Pistons-Basketball-2004 NBA Champions. Detroit hosted the 2012 World Series, 2005 MLB All Star Game at Comerica Park, the 2006 Super Bowl at Ford Field. The Metropolitan Detroit area, with a population of more than 3 million, lies near the heart of the Great Lakes megalopolis. The city has an excellent Museum of Fine Arts, a noted Symphony Orchestra and 10 other Museums of Art, Science and History. Nearby Scenic Parks, Lakes, Rivers, Beaches, and a Zoo provide numerous outdoor recreational opportunities. The University of Detroit and Wayne State University are within the city, the University of Michigan is located in nearby Ann Arbor, and Michigan State University is little more than an hour away in East Lansing. There are excellent Drama departments at Wayne State and at nearby Oakland University and numerous Amateur and Semi-Professional Dramatic and Musical groups.


All eligible Residency applications will be considered for training in the Pathology Department at Henry Ford Hospital. Applications accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and must be received by November 10. A minimum of 3 Letters of Recommendation must be submitted. In order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must have one of the following qualifications: Be Graduates of Medical schools in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Be Graduates of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Be Graduates of Medical schools outside the United States and Canada who have received a currently valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates or have a Full and Unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction. Be graduates of Medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited Medical school. The Pathology Department selects Trainees on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and fit. A personal interview is required. All Trainee applications are reviewed by the Residency Recruitment Committee which oversees the application selection, interview and decision process.


First-year Residents receive $56,413 Second-year Residents $58,541, Third-year Residents $60,615, Fourth-year Residents $62,716, Fifth-year Residents (Fellowship candidates), $64,817 Insurance coverage includes Hospitalization, Dental, Optical, Disability, Life, Travel, Malpractice and Worker’s Compensation. There are Vacation and Tax Shelter benefits. Third-year Residents and above are eligible for Professional meeting time. Relicensure fee and uniform laundry are provided. Apartments are available on the Hospital campus at competitive market rates.