The Department of Pathology offers a four-year training program in anatomic and clinical pathology in addition to several fellowships including gastrointestinal/liver pathology, cytopathology, women’s health pathology, forensic pathology, hematopathology, pediatric pathology, and transfusion medicine. All subspecialty areas of pathology are included in the training program, which is designed to provide residents with a broad experience in pathology, balanced between anatomic and clinical pathology. Rotations in anatomic pathology include autopsy, surgical pathology (broken into 5 different subspecialty rotations), pediatric pathology, cytopathology, molecular pathology, and forensic pathology. The department employs a subspecialty sign-out system, and all rotations involve sign-out of cases with dedicated specialists. Clinical pathology rotations include clinical chemistry, microbiology, molecular pathology, hematology/hematopathology, coagulation, cytogenetics, and transfusion medicine. Generous elective time is available for residents to engage in clinical or translational research projects and/or pursue particular areas of interest in greater depth. Available electives include advanced rotations in any of the core curricular areas in addition to outside rotations at other academic or learning institutions. Support is provided for presentation of research at national meetings.
There is a total of sixteen pathology AP/CP residency positions (4/year).
The Medical College of Wisconsin pathology program includes several institutions. The program is centered at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, which is the primary teaching facility of the Medical College. It is a 735-bed facility that includes surgical, medical, neonatal, cardiovascular, and coronary intensive care units, as well as Southeastern Wisconsin’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a 296-bed regional referral hospital for pediatric problems of diverse nature including pediatric oncology, pediatric cardiovascular surgery, metabolic disorders, and pediatric neurology. Other affiliated hospitals include the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Hospital and two community hospital affiliates (Community Memorial Hospital and Saint Joseph’s Hospital). Overall, there are approximately 60,000 surgical pathology cases accessioned through the system per year, 90,000 cytologies, 2,000 bone marrow biopsies, and approximately 8 million clinical laboratory tests annually. The Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are located on the 248-acre campus of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. Several excellent libraries are available including the medical library of the College, several in the individual hospitals, and two department libraries. Rotations in forensic pathology take place at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. Rotations in transfusion medicine are supplemented by experience provided at Versiti/Blood Center of Wisconsin. Some of the outstanding medical complex and community facilities include leukemia research, cytogenetics, major trauma services, multidisciplinary cancer center, neuroscience center and organ transplantation (including heart, liver, bone marrow, pancreas, kidney, and lung). Opportunities for research are available through the Genomic Science and Precision Medicine Center and the various Cancer Center and Clinical and Basic Science Research facilities throughout campus.
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