Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

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The Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital offers a combined training program in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology. The 48-month program is designed around a 36-month core of rotations that provides training and experience in all the major areas of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. The core program for Anatomic Pathology includes extensive experience in surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, neuropathology, cytopathology, and electron microscopy. The core program for Clinical Pathology includes hematology/hematopathology, microbiology, chemistry/toxicology, blood banking/transfusion medicine/immunohematology, molecular pathology, cytogenetics, informatics, and laboratory management. The fourth year is designed on an individual basis to assist each resident in selecting from numerous clinical and research opportunities with the goal of increasing expertise in their chosen subspecialty areas of pathology. The pathology training program is a competency-based program designed to train successful pathologists in academic medicine, community practice, or for those planning to pursue further training in one of the subspecialty areas of pathology. Special pathology department resources include a comprehensive molecular diagnostics laboratory with next generation sequencing, a robust digital virtual microscopy system, flow cytometry, quantitative image analysis, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and bioinformatics. A rotation at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office is part of the anatomic pathology experience. The Department is associated with the Alfred I. DuPont Children’s Hospital/Institute in Wilmington, Delaware where residents train in pediatric pathology. The Department conducts a number of regularly scheduled intradepartmental conferences in all of the subspecialty areas of Anatomic Pathology and all areas of Clinical Pathology. Residents routinely participate in interdepartmental clinical conferences including but not limited to gynecologic oncology, liver, GI, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck, pulmonary and neurosurgery-neuroradiology conferences. Residents can participate in undergraduate medical education. Further experience in clinical medicine, research, or in-depth training in selected areas of pathology is available through elective rotations. A number of opportunities for specialized postgraduate training are available including ACGME- accredited fellowships in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine, Cytopathology and Hematopathology. All of these Department of Pathology fellowships lead to sub-specialty Board eligibility.

The current staff consists of 18 residents in the AP/CP program and fellows in Cytopathology, Hematopathology, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine and Dermatopathology. In addition to pathology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital offers residency and fellowship positions in 85 specialties and subspecialties (64 ACGME accredited and 21 ACGME unaccredited).

Thomas Jefferson University is situated on six square blocks in Center City Philadelphia. The Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals system has a total of 927 beds with 40,049 admissions in the most recent year. In addition to The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, The Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences, located on the Jefferson campus, is dedicated to the treatment of diseases of the central and peripheral nervous systems and the Methodist Hospital Division is a full service general hospital serving the population of South Philadelphia. Other hospitals in the Jefferson Health System involved Abington Hospital, Aria-Jefferson Health Hospitals, Kennedy-Jefferson Health Hospitals and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. On our main campus, facilities exist for patient care, biomedical research, and teaching. The Department’s clinical facilities, including Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology laboratories, occupy 70,000 square feet in the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Each Pathology resident is provided with a dedicated workspace equipped with a personal laptop computer with wireless internet access. The Pathology department utilizes a voice recognition dictation system that is interfaced with the electronic medical record. Laboratories for the Department’s basic research faculty are located in Jefferson Alumni Hall which is located 200 yards from the main hospital. Active centers of basic and translational research at Jefferson also include The National Cancer Institute designated and funded Thomas Jefferson University Kimmel Cancer Center and the Thomas Jefferson University Farber Institute of Neuroscience. Thomas Jefferson is also affiliated with a number of hospitals in the Delaware Valley which together constitute the Jefferson Health System. Last year, the number of surgical specimens at The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital were 46,615, cytology cases were 11,704 and autopsies performed were 112. Additionally, there were over 2.5 million clinical laboratory tests. The Scott Memorial Library of Thomas Jefferson University collection includes 54,609 bound volumes and 6,698 journal subscriptions. An additional over 100,000 e-books and journal titles are available in full-text electronic format for remote access via JEFFLINE. The current Medical School enrollment is 1140.

The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is located at the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Philadelphia and the surrounding area is home to a number of noted cultural institutions and historic sites, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Independence Hall, The National Constitution Center, Olde City Philadelphia and Valley Forge. The city is well known for its many excellent restaurants, and the Italian Market, Chinatown, and the Reading Terminal Market are within ten minutes walking distance from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Philadelphia is home to numerous Universities and has many activities for young professionals. New York City and Washington D.C. are within 90 minutes via train. The New Jersey Shore resorts are 60 miles east of the city and excellent ski mountains are located 70 miles north of Philadelphia in the Pocono Mountains.

Application Instructions

Residency candidates should be graduates of approved medical schools in the U.S. or Canada. Graduates of foreign medical school must have an ECFMG certificate. Satisfactory references are required. December 31st is the deadline for the submission of applications. The Department of Pathology participates in the National Resident Matching Program.


First-year residents currently receive $60,785 per year with an increase for each subsequent year of training. Health insurance through Blue Cross/Blue Shield and AETNA is provided to house officers, spouses and dependent children. As a full-time House Staff member, benefit credits towards insurance based on age, salary and dependent status will be provided. Alternatively, an HMO may be selected. Dental and Vision plans are also available. Life insurance, travel insurance, and accident insurance are provided at an additional cost (benefit credits will apply). Laundry service is provided for laboratory coats. On-campus housing is available in the 20-story Orlowitz Hall as well as the Barringer Residence. All available housing provides efficiency one, two, or three-bedroom apartments. The Housing Information Service maintains information on non-university housing in the Philadelphia area.