University of Kansas Medical Center

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The University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine offers a four-year, combined AP/CP residency training program. Each academic year, residents rotate through both anatomic and clinical pathology services using a block rotation schedule. Residents complete the majority of their training at the University of Kansas Hospital – home to the University of Kansas Cancer Center – the region’s only NCI-designated cancer center.

Pathology residents also rotate to the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Pediatric pathology training is provided at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Advanced training in transfusion medicine is provided by the Community Blood Center. Forensic pathology training occurs at the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The department’s residency training program includes approximately five months of elective rotations in addition to the core rotation schedule. Residents may opt to pursue electives in organ-specific service rotations or dedicated research. External electives are permitted. Following completion of residency, the department offers fellowship training programs in cytopathology, hematopathology and surgical pathology. Department affiliates offer fellowship training in forensic pathology and pediatric pathology.

There are sixteen pathology (PGY1-PGY4) resident positions.

The University of Kansas Medical Center includes the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, the University of Kansas Hospital and Clinics and extensive research facilities. The University of Kansas Hospital has over 900 beds with clinical facilities accommodating close to 500,000 outpatient visits per year. The clinical laboratory performs approximately two million laboratory determinations, 38,000 surgical pathology and 18,500 cytology accessions. Additional hospital affiliations include the 157-bed Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center that performs approximately two million clinical laboratory determinations and processes 10,000 surgical pathology accessions a year.

Located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, Kansas City (Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri) is a metropolitan area comprised of seven Missouri and four Kansas counties. With a population of more than two million people, Kansas City provides the best of big city amenities while retaining many of the desirable attributes of a smaller town. The “City of Fountains” boasts beautiful parks, a vibrant arts scene, world-class sports teams (Go Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC!), colorful neighborhoods, national museums, world-renowned barbecue and famous jazz clubs. Kansas City’s cost of living is below the national average.

Located less than two miles from the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Country Club Plaza offers Spanish-style architecture, beautiful landscaping and a plethora of shops, restaurants, hotels and apartments. Kansas City boasts the nation’s second largest urban park (Swope Park) which is home to the Kansas City Zoo. Downtown’s Power & Light District is a must-see destination, offering a variety of entertainment venues and housing options.

Greater Kansas City is headquarters to one Fortune 500 company (Seaboard) and many Fortune 1000 corporations (Great Plains Energy, AMC Theatres, DST Systems, Garmin International, Cerner and Russell Stover Candies). Privately-owned Hallmark Cards was founded in Kansas City more than 100 years ago.

Application Instructions

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) with recommended USMLE scores above 200. For DO graduates, the recommended COMLEX scores are above 500. For international medical graduates, only J-1 visas are sponsored.


Applicants must be graduates of approved medical schools. International medical school graduates must be ECFMG certified (only J-1 visas are sponsored).


In academic year 2020, resident stipends are expected to be $55,000 to $63,000 per year.

Pathology residents receive 15 vacation days (three weeks) and 10 sick days of leave per academic year. Malpractice, health, dental and disability insurance are provided. Pathology residents also receive free garage parking, lab coats, scrubs, onsite gym membership and pagers. Residents on surgical pathology rotation are given a monthly meal allowance.

There is an annual $1,000 education allowance pathology residents can use for reimbursement of books, educational materials, USMLE Step 3 and educational courses. Travel allowances are available for residents presenting at national meetings and conferences. Chief residents receive a supplemental stipend. Residents have free access to a host of scientific journals, textbooks and digital media through the campus library system.