University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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The University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a well-balanced, four year fully accredited residency program in combined anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP). Residents complete a minimum of 18 months of anatomic pathology, and 18 months of clinical pathology, with a potential of five months of elective time to be used for clinical training of the resident’s choice or research. In anatomic pathology, residents gain a rich experience in surgical pathology, rotating through all subspecialty services. They also participate in autopsy, cytopathology, dermatopathology, hematopathology, neuropathology, pediatric pathology (at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center), and forensic pathology. In clinical pathology, residents rotate through a multi-year longitudinal rotation (Diagnostic and Laboratory Management) that provides a strong education in chemistry, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, molecular pathology, cytogenetics, toxicology, lab and quality management, and informatics. Separate rotations in blood bank and transfusion medicine are also completed. Residents are highly encouraged to participate in clinical and basic research projects and present results at national/ international meetings. Protected time is provided for morning didactic and additional resident conferences. Broad participation in multidisciplinary conferences is also built into the rotations.

As a resident in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, you become a member of a program which has a long and rich tradition in teaching, research, and service. The goal of the residency training program is to educate residents to become proficient in anatomic and clinical pathology and to prepare them to be successful in an academic, community hospital, or private laboratory setting. We promote excellence through teaching and practice in accordance with the ACGME approved guidelines leading to board eligibility. We teach relevant, meaningful, and up-to-date approaches to patient care using many modern technologies.

The program is approved for 13 residency positions with approximately 3 positions filled each academic year.

Rotations are completed at the UC Medical Center (UCMC) and nearby (walking distance) Hoxworth Blood Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC), and the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office. All laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists. UCMC provides about 700 beds, CCHMC 630 beds, and the VAMC 260 beds. Overall, the Program has access for interpretation of approximately 50,000 surgical pathology cases, 10,000 cytologic specimens, 5,100 referral cases, and the performance of 240 autopsies annually. Within the department are laboratories providing broad support for all clinical and anatomic pathology subspecialties. In addition, specialized departmental labs offer electron microscopy and technical support for research. Residents have full access to the College of Medicine’s excellent library, including online access to a large roster of medical and scientific journals, and the department subscribes to additional online educational programs to add to resident education.

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Application Instructions

Each year the Department of Pathology has openings for PGY1 residents. PGY1 positions are filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and must be received by December 1 for appointments beginning July 1 of the following year. Residency candidates must be graduates of approved medical schools in the United States or Canada and eligible for temporary licensure in Ohio. Graduates of foreign medical schools must have an ECFMG certificate. Satisfactory references and interview in Cincinnati are required.


Stipends for the 2020-21 year are as follows: postgraduate year one $59,312; postgraduate year two $60,746; postgraduate year three $62,239; postgraduate year four $64,567. All trainees are provided with hospitalization insurance, hospital parking, a yearly book fund and travel reimbursement, and other benefits in accordance with UC Health.