Yale-New Haven Medical Center

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Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital provide training for residents seeking Board certification in Anatomic Pathology (AP), Clinical Pathology (CP), and both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP). The Residency Program’s mission is to provide comprehensive post-graduate training in anatomical and clinical pathology, and to prepare physicians for leadership in clinical practice, research, and academia. We produce world-class physicians and physician-scientists capable of fulfilling the role of the pathologist as a diagnostic consultant and of advancing the field of pathology. The physician-scientist training and research are supported by NIH-funded departmental training grants. Training in Pathology is provided by both the Department of Pathology and the Department of Laboratory Medicine, coordinated into a single Residency Program. Working together, the two departments assure strong training in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. The Smilow Cancer hospital at Yale-New Haven, Southern New England’s only national cancer institute designated comprehensive cancer center, further enhances the volume of material available for training. Rotations at the West Haven campus of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System (VA) and at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT, and the Office of the Medical Examiner in Farmington, CT broaden the training experience by exposing residents to different practice environments. Yale-New Haven Hospital is the fourth largest hospital in the U.S. Residents acquire a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the various subspecialties of anatomic and clinical pathology. The core AP training is 24 months. Core CP training is 18 months. Combined training provides several options for the sequence of the core training, which is then supplemented with six months of flexible training opportunities, including transitional fellowship-level training and basic research (experimental pathology). In anatomic pathology, approximately 50,000 surgical specimens, 99,000 cytology specimens, and 243 autopsies are studied yearly. The laboratory medicine program provides training in clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, transfusion medicine, and microbiology/virology and cell therapy. The Laboratory Medicine department is responsible for more than 13,000,000 annual lab tests, including reference testing for many other institutions. Molecular diagnostics experience and informatics exposure, both formal and informal, is integrated into both anatomic and clinical pathology training. Opportunities for in-depth experience with research are available for those interested, and may be pursued not only within the two Departments, but also with mentors in other basic science or clinical departments in the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and Yale University. Pathology residents are responsible for the presentation of cases at interdepartmental conferences and participate in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine course laboratories for second-year medical students. Follow-on fellowship opportunities are available in a wide range of subspecialty areas in both anatomic and clinical pathology.

The program is accredited by the ACGME for 32 positions. Of these, 8 are first-year positions. Residents may arrange a program comprising straight anatomic (AP), straight clinical (CP), or a combination of anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP). Please be sure to specify your track preference when applying. Within each track, residents can pursue one of two career paths: “diagnostic practice” or “physician scientist”.

Application Instructions

Candidates must be graduates of accredited medical schools in the United States or Canada or have passed the USMLE and hold a current ECFMG certificate. U.S. medical student applicants must be enrolled in the National Resident Matching Program. Applications should be completed by October 31 for appointments the following July. Applications will be accepted via ERAS only. Leadership: Diane P. Kowalski, MD, Director of Residency Training Program; Department of Pathology; Natalia Buza, MD, Associate Director of Residency Training Program; Department of Pathology; Henry M. Rinder, MD, Associate Director of Residency Training Program; Department of Laboratory Medicine.

All PGY-1 residency candidates will be accepted through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).


For 2020-2021 the range of resident salaries is $69,209 to $80,118 per annum. Chief residents receive an additional stipend. Benefits include medical, dental, disability, professional liability, life insurance, vacation, sick leave, prescriptions, and an annual professional allowance. To maintain the quality of our staff, Yale-New Haven Medical Center feels it is essential to recruit and employ the people best prepared and committed to serve; therefore, drug testing is a condition of employment.