Teaching and Research
Residents and faculty are actively involved in medical education. Since the recent curriculum reform from lecture-based to problem-based learning, our department relies more than ever on residents to lead small group sessions. The sessions focus on case studies designed to highlight organ system pathology. Participation is voluntary and residents receive full support from faculty and staff. On service, third and fourth year medical students rotate through the department and the residents oversee their educational experience. The vast majority of residents are enthusiastic to share their knowledge and find it helpful to have an extra set of hands.
The department provides additional stipends for up to two residents to serve as Resident Director of Medical Student Education.
The Department of Pathology offers a diverse selection of established clinical and basic science research activities. Residents are encouraged to participate under the guidance of appropriate faculty members. Most residents are able to participate in projects that reflect their professional goals. The Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility (BTRF) provides personnel support for more involved projects. All research experiences are planned in advance and designed so that they can be applied towards pathology board eligibility. Residents frequently attend national meetings to present their research. Those who present an abstract receive $500 and department coverage of registration fees. Those who publish their research receive $500 applied to their educational allowance, which is $1,200 per year.