Tufts Medical Center

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This comprehensive program offers fully accredited training in an integrated four year anatomic pathology/clinical pathology program with the opportunity to work at Tufts Medical Center in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the principal clinical affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). The anatomic pathology component of the program provides training in surgical and autopsy pathology, diagnostic cytology, fine needle aspiration biopsy, neuropathology, hematopathology and dermatopathology. Subspecialty exposure is provided in a wide range of fields, including pediatric pathology, renal, obstetrical/gynecological, gastrointestinal, breast, pulmonary, urological, and ophthalmologic pathology. A one-month rotation in forensic pathology is taken at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A wide range of research programs may be conducted jointly with members of the department. In addition to departmental surgical and autopsy conferences, trainees participate in weekly or biweekly clinical subspecialty conferences. A well-structured clinical pathology program provides training in blood banking, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. Subspecialty electives are available in all fields of pathology. Residents participate in the teaching of medical students and hold a clinical associate appointment at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Ten residency training positions are available in combined anatomic pathology/clinical pathology. Two to three first-year positions are available per year.

The Tufts Medical Center, the principal teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, is a specialized diagnostic and referral center which provides full-service inpatient and outpatient care. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Boston, the Medical Center is within walking distance of the Boston Common, the Seaport district, and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The Tufts Medical Center subway stop on the Orange Line is located directly across from the hospital’s main entrance. The Floating Hospital for Infants and Children is the pediatric hospital of the Medical Center. The Medical Center has approximately 442 adult medical/surgical, pediatric, and obstetric beds together with extensive outpatient facilities. The proximity to other area hospitals and universities facilitates trainee attendance at numerous interhospital conferences, lectures, and symposia.

Application Instructions

Candidates must be a graduate of an approved medical school in the United States or Canada or a graduate of a foreign medical school with an ECFMG certificate. The passing of either USMLE Step I and II and the Clinical Skills Assessment or the COMLEX Level 1, Level 2 CE, and Level 2 PE are required for admittance to this program. Applicants must be eligible for a Massachusetts limited or full license under the provisions of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. Three (3) satisfactory letters of reference are required. Application accepted through ERAS only and should be submitted by October 15th for appointment beginning July 1st of the following year. An interview is mandatory.


A variety of health insurance plans are available in addition to professional liability insurance, three weeks paid vacation, and uniform/laundry service. A full list of benefits can be found on the Tufts Medical Center Graduate Medical Education page.