Pathology Residency Program

ResidencyProgram_01The four-year anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP) training program at the University of Virginia provides residents with an exceptional opportunity to build a solid foundation in the dynamic field of pathology. Residents interact one-on-one with world-renowned faculty who author and edit several of the most widely utilized pathology reference books and journals. The residency program is designed to create pathologists who are prepared to enter clinical practice upon graduation; residents assume primary responsibility for their cases from beginning to end. From grossing specimens to dictating the final diagnosis, residents are involved in nearly every educational aspect of their cases. As residents become more confident in their abilities, they are encouraged to order stains and pre-dictate the final diagnosis. Residents in their final year sign-out frozen section specimens and assist with challenging consult cases from across the country. The majority of our graduates pursue fellowship training, with most eventually entering private practice. Pathology fellowships offered at the University of Virginia include cytopathology, dermatopathology, gynecological pathology, hematopathology, neuropathology, transfusion medicine, and clinical chemistry. For an up-to-date listing on where our previous residents have trained and practiced, please refer to graduate placements.

The Department of Pathology also offers three-year AP-only and CP-only tracks. The combined four-year anatomic and neuropathology (AP/NP) program is an excellent option for residents who plan to pursue a career in neuropathology or forensics. For candidates interested in academic medicine, a combined clinical-research program is available. Approximately one-quarter of our graduates pursue a career in academic medicine.

On average, five applicants are accepted into the residency program each year. Currently the department is comprised of 21 residents, 13 fellows, 29 graduate students and 6 postdoctoral fellows. Interested candidates should refer to the website for application information and an overview of the program. Please direct additional questions to the medical education coordinator (Tonya Test) or the program director (Dr. Kristen Atkins).