Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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The Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers accredited training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (APCP4), with flexible training in straight Anatomic Pathology (AP3), straight Clinical Pathology (CP3) or combined Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology (APNP4) also available for candidates with exceptional achievements and focused career goals. The Department further offers unique opportunities for career development for research careers through its Physician Scientist Track, which allows the trainee to develop as a funded investigator by performing research anywhere in the Medical Center with departmental financial support and institutional mentoring, either in time inserted into the residency, or following training. Accredited fellowships in cytopathology, neuropathology, hematopathology, renal pathology, pediatric pathology, transfusion medicine and molecular genetic pathology are available, as well as non-accredited fellowships in surgical pathology and gastrointestinal pathology. Residents may begin fellowships after the second year of training with satisfactory performance during residency.

The Pathology Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center capitalizes on departmental strengths in both Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology, with residents being trained in Vanderbilt’s innovative Diagnostic Management Teams, where pathologists provide consultative support for complex laboratory testing. Diagnostic Management Teams are a nationally recognized transformative practice model that allows complex laboratory testing to be done more efficiently, more effectively and at lower cost than has been possible, with measured improvements in patient outcomes and shortened hospital stays.

A total of twenty-five residency positions are available in years 1-4. Applicants are considered for APCP4, AP3, CP3 and APNP4 programs and the Physician Scientist Track based on stated interest and accomplishments.

Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Vanderbilt Clinic, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and the adjacent Nashville VA Medical Center comprise a complex with total of over 1,200 beds. Residents also complete one month at the Office of the Tennessee Medical Examiner for hands-on experience in a modern forensic pathology practice. The Vanderbilt campus complex generates approximately 42,000 surgical pathology accessions, 32,000 cytopathology accessions and 150 autopsies per year. The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Vanderbilt University Hospital and Vanderbilt Clinic consistently rank among the premier health care facilities in the United States. Constructed in 2004, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is a leading provider of pediatric care and ranked as one of the 10 best children’s hospitals in the country and among the top 10 in the nation for pediatric cancer by Child magazine.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a part of the 330-acre Vanderbilt University campus in a sophisticated diverse residential community about 1.5 miles from downtown Nashville, with numerous shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Nashville is the capital and the largest population center of Tennessee. Nashville is located in the Cumberland River basin surrounded by rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. It is the site of numerous colleges and universities, two medical schools, and several large teaching hospitals. The city has an extensive parks system, a symphony orchestra, opera, ballet, a performing arts center, several museums, and the Grand Ole Opry. The city offers a wide variety of cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities, including professional football and hockey teams and the world’s only full-size replica of the Parthenon of Athens, as it stood intact. The Nashville Metropolitan area is home to about 1.6 million inhabitants.

Application Instructions

All application materials and supporting documents must be received by December 1 for July appointments. Foreign graduates must have a valid ECFMG certificate before the application will be considered. Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center participates in the National Residency Matching Program. All PGY1 applications are received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), sponsored by the AAMC. No other forms of application are accepted. Each ERAS application must include a personal statement, at least three letters of recommendation, a transcript of medical school grades, a Dean’s Letter/Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), USMLE/COMLEX transcripts, and where applicable, a current, valid ECFMG certificate. Nonresident aliens must be eligible for work authorization. Vanderbilt University Medical Center sponsors nonresident aliens for J-1 visa status. Transfer applicants from ACGME-accredited programs must additionally supply a competency-based assessment of performance on all foregoing rotations documented by previous program director(s). Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology are committed to a diverse workplace, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or disability. Selected candidates with appropriate academic and professional credentials are invited to Nashville for interviews and a tour of the facilities. Final selection is based on academic and professional performance, career goals, and communication skills as demonstrated during the interview process and in written application materials.


Residents in PGY1 receive $58,736.00 per year (2020-2021). Residents are provided with professional liability and health insurance, alphanumeric pager, and uniforms. Additional funds are provided for books and travel to national meetings.