The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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The department offers full residency training in all aspects of anatomic and clinical pathology as approved by the ACGME, leading to eligibility for the appropriate examination section of the American Board of Pathology. Post residency fellowships in anatomical and clinical pathology are also offered. Individuals with strong academic interest and performance may be considered for the Master of Science degree in pathology or the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the OSU Biomedical Science Graduate Program. Research fellowships provided by the university and national organization grants are available to residents who desire to become more familiar with research techniques.

There are four residency positions per year. The combined program consists of education in the divisions of autopsy pathology, surgical pathology, and clinical pathology. Residents may elect to train only in anatomic or in clinical pathology. Fellowships are offered in transfusion medicine, hematopathology, cytopathology, renal and transplant pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, and dermatopathology. Pediatric pathology subspecialty training is available at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The department is located on the main campus of the university with immediate access to the resources of all its constituent colleges and departments. Adjacent to the department, the College of Medicine operates within The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with more than 970 beds, including general medicine and surgery, a clinical research center, cardiac intensive care unit and special psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities. In addition, the medical center includes the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, a 300-bed facility, and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital with 150 beds. The college is affiliated with Nationwide Children’s Hospital of Columbus with 450 beds. The Department of Pathology provides service in anatomic and clinical pathology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospitals. The Department of Pathology has over 60 clinical faculty members with subspecialty expertise. An experimental branch with over 20 faculty members is also available for residents with research interest. Clinical services include approximately 200 autopsies annually for Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State and 110 autopsies annually at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Approximately 73,000 surgical specimens are examined by sub-specialty pathology diagnostic teams, including 6,400 intraoperative consultations. The specimens represent the whole spectrum of disease in all organ systems. Particular strengths include oncologic pathology, gastrointestinal and renal pathology. Approximately, forty thousand cytologic specimens are accessioned per year, twenty percent of which are extragenital in origin. Fine needle aspiration cytology is performed (approximately 4100 specimens). The clinical laboratories at OSUWMC perform more than 10.9 million procedures annually and approximately 3 million procedures are performed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Gross Room laboratory has nine grossing stations and is a state of-the-art facility. Approximately 90,000 immunohistochemical stains are prepared annually in the clinical IHC laboratory. The clinical laboratories are computerized and extensively automated in the core areas. Research laboratories for immunology, molecular biology, cytogenetics, coagulation, protein chemistry, tissue culture, flow cytometry, image analysis, photography and immunohistology are in operation in addition to the service laboratories.

Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University is located two and one-half miles north of downtown Columbus, the capital of Ohio with a metropolitan area population of 1.8 million. Columbus has seven colleges and universities including The Ohio State University, 17 general and specialized hospitals, including Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University , as well as many parks, art museums and galleries, and a wide variety of social, cultural and recreational opportunities.

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted through ERAS. Residency candidates must be graduates of approved medical schools in the U.S. or Canada. Candidates of foreign medical schools must have an ECFMG certificate and have passed USMLE Parts I & II. All trainees must successfully complete USMLE Step III prior to completion of the PGY-2 training year. Satisfactory references are required. Applications must be received by November 1st for appointments beginning July 1st of the following year.


Annual stipends of at least $51,000 are allotted for first year trainees increasing in subsequent years. House staff are provided professional liability insurance and medical insurance for themselves and their immediate family. Additionally, they receive reimbursement for a smart phone of their choice and are given $2500 per year to use towards academic materials and travel to meetings. More benefit information may be viewed on the Graduate Medical Education website at