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We provide in-depth, protected anatomic and clinical pathology subspecialty training to prepare candidates for academic, community, and independently funded research careers. We recruit across all ACGME accredited tracks including single track anatomic or clinical pathology or combined track anatomic and clinical pathology.

Single track is encouraged for candidates who know they want to pursue a tertiary care, academic or independently funded research career. Residency in-depth subspecialty training is provided through distinct anatomic and clinical pathology core rotations.

On all anatomical pathology rotations residents are supported by and work closely with a team of well trained and experienced pathology assistants and clinical fellows. The subspecialty resident training is enhanced by integration with our numerous subspecialty fellowships to which many of our residents are recruited.

The department offers fellowships (24 total positions) in Surgical Pathology:

  • Cytopathology (2)
  • Neuropathology (2)
  • Hematopathology (2)
  • Pediatric Pathology (1)
  • Gynecologic and Breast Pathology (3)
  • Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology (1)
  • Thoracic Pathology (1)
  • Transplant Pathology (1)
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology (2)
  • Genitourinary Pathology (1)
  • Transfusion Medicine (1)
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology (2)
  • Head and Neck Pathology (1)
  • Pathology Informatics (1)
  • Dermatopathology (2)

Residents also train in renal/electron microscopy, autopsy pathology, and forensic pathology.

Clinical pathology core training includes:

    • Chemistry
    • Toxicology
    • Hematology
    • Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking
    • Immunopathology
    • Tissue Typing
    • Microbiology and Virology
    • Informatics

Molecular Pathology training includes:

    • Molecular Genetics
    • Molecular Hematopathology
    • Molecular Anatomic Pathology
    • Molecular Microbiology
    • Cytogenetics.

On all clinical pathology rotations, residents work closely with a team of laboratory medicine technologists and supervisors – many with specific assignments to teach residents. The core training in CP also includes four weeks of adult laboratory management training as a Junior Laboratory Director. Across all areas of training residents are exposed to state-of-the-art technology innovation, digital imaging, molecular diagnostics, genomics, quality improvement and patient safety, informatics, and research opportunities.

We are an early adopter of the PIER (Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents) program. A robust electives program enables residents to “tailor” their overall training experience to focus on subspecialty training, research pursuits, preparation for community practice or commercial laboratory practice.

The research opportunities are enhanced by close cooperation between researchers within the department engaging in basic and clinical research. Our residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research and submit abstracts and publications of their work to national meetings and journals. Resident training is enriched by a multi-academic hospital experience, including adult, pediatric, and women’s health specialty hospitals, driven by the location of clinical programs as part of the UPMC Center of Excellence patient care model.

Candidates interested in an independently funded research career are considered for our research track through our PIRRT (Pathologist Investigator Residency/Research Training) program where at least one additional year of funded training is provided. The research track is particularly well suited to MD PhD candidates.

UPMC has received national recognition as one of America’s Best Hospitals.

The UPMC Pathology residency program has an excellent track record for the American Board of Pathology first time takers board pass rate – 98% AP and 100% CP for the last seven years.

Full information on the Department of Pathology at UPMC can be found on the Department’s website at

Learn more about this Residency Program here.

Application Instructions

Positions are offered to graduates of medical or osteopathic schools in the United States or Canada or international medical graduates with an ECFMG certificate holding permanent resident status or eligible for a J-1 visa in the USA. H1B visa sponsorship is considered for highly competitive candidates with a strong academic record. General application materials for the program year beginning in 2021 should be submitted through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). These are reviewed beginning in October. We prefer to receive applications through ERAS for upper level positions. Applications to start training in July of 2021 should be received by October 31, 2020; earlier application is strongly recommended. Interviews are by invitation in the Fall and are mandatory. Orientation for new trainees begins in July.


The 2020-2021 schedule of remuneration for graduate medical trainees at UPMC is anticipated to be: PGY1-$59,727, PGY2-$61,823, PGY3-$63,672, PGY4-$65,900. Health, life, disability, and professional liability insurance are provided along with parking, surgical scrub outfits, and lab coats. All residents receive a laptop computer, which they take with them upon graduation. A $1,000 fund is provided annually to each resident for books, dues, conference travel, and other purposes. Attendance at national meetings is also supported for residents presenting investigative results. Trainees are reimbursed for application fees and expenses to take the American Board of Pathology Certification examinations following the final year. Maternity leave is covered under short-term disability.