University of Utah Medical Center

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The University of Utah Pathology Department offers ACGME accredited training programs in both anatomic and clinical pathology leading to board certification. The residency mission is to train exceptional pathologists through flexible programs individually tailored to prepare residents for careers ranging from combined AP/CP community pathology practice to specialized research at an academic medical center. Particular strengths of the residency program include: Strong, well-balanced, and integrated training in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in a large, diverse department with generous elective time enabling residents to tailor their training toward their career interests Rotations in an academic medical center (University Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute and Huntsman Cancer Hospital), a national reference laboratory (ARUP), a pediatric hospital (Primary Children’s Hospital), community practice (Intermountain Medical Center), and Utah State Medical Examiner’s office A national reference laboratory owned by the University of Utah (ARUP Laboratories) enables the program to provide extensive hands-on training in Laboratory Medicine, including areas such as Molecular and Genetic Pathology and Laboratory Management in addition to resident exposure to cutting edge technologies Abundant fellowship opportunities in the department (there are currently 14 fellowships encompassing Anatomic and Clinical Pathology subspecialties) Opportunities to serve as an Assistant Medical Director at ARUP in an area of interest that provides valuable laboratory administration experience Extensive research opportunities and generous department funding for research support and research-related travel to national meetings An active mentorship program including mentorship for residents training in the physician-scientist research pathway An active resident wellness program in the department and strong institutional focus on resident and faculty wellness A complete program description can be found at:

The program is ACGME accredited for 20 positions. We offer four to five AP/CP first year positions each year. Physician Scientist CP, CP-only, Physician Scientist AP, AP-only and AP/NP positions vary year to year. Also available are subspecialty fellowships in clinical chemistry, hematopathology, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetic pathology, cytogenetics, pediatric pathology, surgical pathology, cytopathology, GI pathology, neuropathology, and forensic pathology.

Clinical facilities of the University of Utah Department of Pathology are comprised of the University Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Intermountain Medical Center, Primary Children’s Hospital, State Medical Examiner’s Office, and ARUP Laboaratories (a national clinical reference laboratory).

The University Hospital and affiliated hospitals and laboratories (core training sites) generate approximately 200 autopsies, 35,000 surgicals, 40,000 cytologies, 1,900 bone marrows and 25 million clinical laboratory tests each year. Since the University Hospital is the only academic hospital in the geographically vast Intermountain area, a wide variety of sophisticated medical problems is available for study and the department provides pathology consultative services to many hospitals in the area and nationally. The Huntsman Cancer Institute is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Intermountain West. The Institute is a nonprofit research and treatment center that combines research, education and patient care programs and facilities, including the Huntsman Cancer Hospital.

ARUP Laboratories was created in 1984 to support the academic mission of the University of Utah and is located in the Research Park adjacent to campus. ARUP is a wholly owned private enterprise of the University of Utah, managed by the Department of Pathology, and is recognized for excellence as a leading national reference laboratory. ARUP has over 100 Medical Directors for more than 65 individual laboratory areas, over 4,000 employees and has one of the largest laboratory test menus in the United States offering more than 3,200 tests and test combinations. ARUP has clients in all 50 states, and more than 85% of the 55,000 daily patient specimens come from outside the University Hospital. Pathology Residents rotate through ARUP for major portions of their clinical training and are thus exposed to the full spectrum of routine and esoteric laboratory testing as well as new test development, sales and marketing, and laboratory management. Laboratory Medical Directors are fulltime academic faculty of the University of Utah. Residents also have the opportunity to perform research with various faculty members at ARUP as well as through the ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology. Research collaborations also occur with faculty in multiple departments and organizations from within and beyond the University. Websites:;;

Salt Lake City, bounded on the west by the million-acre Great Salt Lake and on the east by the sharply rising Wasatch Mountains, is one of North America’s most beautiful cities. Midway between Denver and San Francisco, it is the gateway to the Intermountain West. With a metropolitan area population approaching one and one-half million, greater Salt Lake blends the virtues of a small town with the advantages of a large city. The Utah Symphony Orchestra, Ballet West, Repertory Dance Theatre, Utah Opera Company, Tabernacle Choir, and a growing number of theatre groups and art galleries are assets unusual in a city its size. Major sporting events are provided by several colleges and professional basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey teams. In spite of recent growth, Salt Lake City remains a livable, compact city. The downtown area and the University are surrounded by attractive, well-maintained residential neighborhoods. University of Utah pathology residents have full access to the University facilities for such activities as swimming, tennis, golf, and racquetball as well as health and wellness facilities and services at ARUP Laboratories. Salt Lake City is in a valley surrounded by mountains which offer diverse and world-class outdoor sports such as skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and mountain climbing. The skiing is the most consistent in North America. At an elevation of some 4,300 feet, Salt Lake City enjoys a mild climate with four distinct seasons. Rainfall is limited in the valley but ample snowfall in the neighboring mountains provides some of the finest skiing in the world. In fact, Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Application Instructions

Medical School graduates seeking their first year of postgraduate training are selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP Match).

We only accept applications through ERAS and for applicants registered for the NRMP Match. We look for candidates with excellent academic performance and who are passionate about a future career in pathology. Candidates for the pathology residency are selected on the basis of their academic credentials, research, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. Your application is complete when we receive the following from ERAS: ERAS common application form (CAF) Personal statement Medical school transcript(s) Medical student performance evaluation (dean’s letter) Three letters of recommendation USMLE scores (for medical school students only) COMLEX scores (for osteopathic medicine students only) ECFMG certificate with clinical skills assessment certification (for international medical graduates only) CV Photograph


Stipends vary between $61,061 and $68,627 for 2020/2021, depending on level of training. Residents on the physician-Scientist track receive one year of research support in addition to the time spent in clinical training. All residents are covered by professional liability insurance. Other benefits for the residents include three weeks paid vacation and a generous book/travel fund. The house staff have a choice of health insurance plans that cover both the house staff and their family with premium costs shared between the University Hospital and the house staff. As a University employee, the house officer and family are eligible for reduced tuition, use of university recreation facilities on campus, reduced admission to entertainment, sports and cultural activities, bookstore discounts, and library and credit union privileges.