Curriculum

The curriculum consists of a basic core of mandatory rotations in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology during the first three and a half years and six months of elective time during the fourth year. The basic core, which alternates rotations in AP and CP, satisfies the minimum of 18 months of formal training in each AP and CP required by the American Board of Pathology.

All rotations are in Medical Center campus and most rotations occur at Upstate Downtown Campus at University Hospital (UH)*. There are also four nearby additional sites within walking or shuttle distance:

  • Upstate Community General Hospital Campus (CGH): surgical and clinical pathology
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA): surgical and clinical pathology
  • Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office (MEO): autopsy and forensics
  • Crouse Memorial Hospital: perinatal and pediatric autopsies

* All rotations are at the University Hospital unless otherwise specified.

First Year

Introduction to Pathology (AP/CP Boot Camp) 1 month
Surgical Pathology 5 months (4 months at UH and 1 month at VA)
Autopsy 2 months at MEO
Hematopathology 2 months (1 month Bone Marrows and 1 month Lymph Nodes)
Integrated Clinical Pathology 1 month at VA
Transfusion Medicine 1 month


Second Year

Surgical Pathology 4 months (3 months at UH, 1 month at VA)
Autopsy 1 month at MEO
Hematopathology 2 months (1 month Bone Marrows and 1 month Lymph Nodes)
Integrated Clinical Pathology 2 months (1 month at UH and 1 month at VA)
Transfusion Medicine 1 month
Cytology 1 month
Microbiology 1 month


Third Year

Surgical Pathology 4 months (3 months at UH and 1 month at VA)
Autopsy 1 month at MEO
Hematopathology 2 months (1 month Bone Marrows and 1 month Lymph Nodes)
Integrated Clinical Pathology 1 month at VA
Microbiology 1 month
Transfusion Medicine 1 month
Cytology 1 month
Laboratory Management & Informatics 1 month


Fourth Year

Surgical Pathology 3 months (2 months at UH and 1 month at VA)
Integrated Clinical Pathology 1 month at VA
Molecular Pathology 1 month
Cytology 1 month
Electives 6 months