University of Colorado School of Medicine

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The Department of Pathology offers a comprehensive 4-year residency training program in anatomic and clinical pathology. The training curriculum and rotation experiences are based on the ACGME and RRC requirements. We seek to produce professional, educated residents who meet or exceed the competency requirements in pathology, have a broad knowledge of human and experimental pathogenesis and are curious, motivated, lifetime learners. Residents rotate through a variety of clinical settings staffed by Department of Pathology faculty. We encourage residents to explore areas of clinical sub-specialization through electives and fellowships to meet the increasing demands and complexity of modern pathology. Residents are required to develop an academic (research) and a quality improvement projects and will be supported to present that work at a national scientific meeting of their choice if accepted for presentation. The Department of Pathology is both a clinical and basic science (bridge) department. Our research faculty (not listed) have expertise in molecular pathology, cancer biology and pathogenesis, environmental carcinogenesis, comparative pathology/animal models of cancer, cytogenetics, and genomics (not listed by name below, see website: Resident training will occur primarily at the University of Colorado Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center, each located at the Anschutz Medical Campus, and the Denver Health Medical Center, in Denver. The four sites are connected for conferences through e-conferencing and web-based systems.

A total of 25 ACGME-approved positions are available, with up to six first-year positions. Residents are expected to complete both AP and CP training, rather than subspecialize in one or the other. Applicants with an MD, MD/PhD, or DO degree are welcome to apply. A year of funded laboratory research as part of the residency program may be negotiated for exceptional candidates with prior experience in research seeking a future in academic pathology. The department also has approved fellowships in Blood banking/transfusion medicine, Surgical pathology, Cytopathology, Molecular pathology, Forensic pathology, Hematopathology, GI and Liver pathology, Pediatric pathology, and Transplant pathology.

The Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) occupies over 350 acres immediately east of downtown Denver, in the city of Aurora. AMC includes all of the health related undergraduate and graduate programs of the University of Colorado. It also provides ready access to downtown Denver, the Denver International Airport (DIA), the Rocky Mountains (for winter and summer activities), and convenient housing in family-oriented communities. Housing is available on the AMC, as well as adjoining neighborhoods.

Metropolitan Denver (including Aurora) has a population over 2.9 million people. It is widely known for its restaurants, the arts and a youth-oriented culture. Metro Denver weather is generally mild and sunny. Our proximity to the mountains provides year-round access to a wide range of climates and activities.

Application Instructions

Candidates must be graduates of American Allopathic or Osteopathic Medical Schools or have passed the ECFMG examinations. Completed applications should be submitted through ERAS and be received by November 1 for appointments beginning July 1 of the following year.


Stipends start at $58,027.00 per year for interns with increments of approximately $2,300 annually. Residents receive medical insurance coverage for themselves and their families, as well as life insurance, professional liability insurance and disability insurance. Residents also receive some support for academic expenses, including travel to meetings if they are presenting research findings. Intradepartmental support for mentored research projects is also available.