Oregon Health & Science University

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The Oregon Health & Science University Department of Pathology offers fully accredited training programs in both clinical and anatomic pathology. The anatomic pathology program includes autopsy pathology, surgical pathology, and cytopathology, with subspecialty exposure to pediatric pathology, forensic pathology, immunohistochemistry, neuropathology, including nerve and muscle biopsies, hematopathology, renal pathology and electron microscopy. The clinical pathology program includes laboratory experience in blood banking, chemistry, toxicology, hematology, immunology, microbiology, cytogenetics, and molecular genetic pathology. Inservice lectures in AP and CP each consist of more than 100 instructional hours covering the breadth of each specialty. These courses are given over two years, so residents experience two cycles prior to board examinations. Residents participate in many conferences in addition to assisting in teaching medical students and medical technology students. Most residents pursue a combined AP/CP track, but straight AP, straight CP and AP/NP options are possible. The standard AP/CP track consists of 18 months of AP, 18 months of CP, and 12 months of electives. We encourage trainees to pursue training that meets their individual needs and, within limits, scheduling is flexible. For additional information, refer to our website: www.ohsu.edu/pathology.

Three first-year positions are generally available for the four-year AP/CP training program.

Training is provided by the Department of Pathology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Kaiser Permanente NW, and the Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office. These medical centers have a combined capacity of 1,068 beds. The anatomic laboratories process approximately 30,000 surgicals, 14,000 cytologies and 150 autopsies a year. The medical examiner performs about 1,000 examinations and 560 autopsies per year and has complete facilities and support personnel for all routine and special procedures, including forensic toxicology.

The 116-acre campus of the Oregon Health & Science University overlooks the City of Portland and is 1.5 miles from the central business district. The Portland VA Medical Center is connected by a pedestrian footbridge and is closely affiliated with the University. The Portland metropolitan area has a population of more than two million and is one of the business and cultural centers of the Pacific Northwest. Portland borders the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. On the horizon to the east is the Cascade Mountain Range, and to the west, the Coast Range. Opportunities for winter sports, hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, skiing, and beachcombing are all within a short distance.

Application Instructions

Residency candidates from the USA or Canada must be graduates of LCME-accredited medical schools. Applicants must have an MD or DO degree from a school of medicine in the United States or Canada, or, if graduated from a foreign medical school, must be physicians with a valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This includes passing USMLE Steps 1 and 2 as well as an English proficiency test and clinical skills assessment test. Candidates must be able to work legally in the US or be eligible to obtain work authorization, must participate in the National Residency Matching Program, and must be able to meet licensure requirements of the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners. Applications will only be accepted through ERAS. Applications should be submitted by October 15 for appointments to begin July 1 of the following year.


The salary for Training Level 1 residents is $58,600 for 2020-2021, with an increment of $2,700 for the subsequent training level. Other benefits include professional liability insurance, medical insurance, $1,200 per year for books/travel, and use of a personal laptop computer. Residents receive four weeks of paid vacation annually. Academic leave may be available for attending professional meetings and financial support is provided for attending those meetings in which the house officer presents peer-reviewed research.