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The Department’s Residency Training Program in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is among the preeminent programs nationwide, standing out as a leading fully integrated program with balanced strengths in all main arenas of modern academic pathology – Anatomic Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology, and Experimental Pathology.

The University of Pennsylvania Pathology Residency Program is academically rigorous and is considered one of the top training programs in the nation, particularly for those interested in an academic career.

These strengths – along with our newly created Center for Personalized Diagnostics focusing on molecular and genomic pathology, the expansion of our clinical services and research in Apheresis and Cellular Therapeutics, the Penn-developed personalized cancer immunotherapy and our recently developed innovative Leadership Program – provide our residents an academic environment with state-of-the-art clinical, scientific and translational research activities.

Add to all of this the accessibility of a top-ranked University with a well-established history of collaborative interactions among Penn Departments and Schools, a wealth of educational programs (including Masters Degrees in Translational Research, Clinical Epidemiology, Medical Education and others), and the opportunity for an exciting, unique, and individualized educational experience that rivals any offered by the top-tiered Pathology residency training programs in the country.

Nearly all residents, over the past few years, have pursued subspecialty fellowship or post-doctoral research training at Penn or other prestigious institutions. Over the last ten years, 77% of our trainees have gone into academics; 10% into general private practice; 7% into forensics (medical examiners and the like); 5% into dermatopathology private practice; and 1% into other careers (Director of the American Red Cross, various industry positions, etc.).

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania offers four Residency Training Programs:

Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP)
Anatomic Pathology (AP only)
Clinical Pathology (CP only)
Combined Anatomic Pathology/Neuropathology (AP/NP)

Of these training tracks, AP (only), CP (only), and AP/CP can be combined with a Physician-Scientist Pathway for its trainees, with numerous opportunities for research and excellent mentoring faculty for those wishing to pursue a research career.