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 at University Hospital (UH)*. There are also four additional sites:

  • Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA): mostly surgical pathology, also general CP
  • Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office (MEO): autopsy and forensics
  • Crouse Memorial Hospital: perinatal and pediatric autopsies with Dr. Rachel Elder
  • ClearPath Diagnostics Laboratory: OB-GYN Elective with Dr. Michael Mazur

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

First Year

Surgical Pathology 4 months (3 months at UH, 1 month at VA)
Autopsy 2 months (MEO)
Hematopathology 2 months (bone marrow and special hematology)
Transfusion Medicine 1 month
Immunology 1 month
Chemistry 1 month
Molecular Diagnostics 1 month


Second Year

Surgical Pathology 4 months (3 months at UH, 1 months at VA)
Autopsy 1 month (MEO)
Cytopathology 1 month
Cytogenetics 1 month
Hematopathology 2 months (lymph node/ flow cytometry and bone marrow)
Transfusion Medicine 1 month
Combined Chemistry/Special Hematology 1 month
Laboratory Management & Informatics 1 month


Third Year

Surgical Pathology 4 months (3 months at UH, 1 month at VA)
Autopsy 1 month
Cytopathology 1 month
Hematopathology 2 months (lymph node/ flow cytometry and bone marrow)
Microbiology 2 months
Combined Chemistry/Special Hematology 1 month
Advanced CP 1 month


Fourth Year

Surgical Pathology 5 months (3 months at UH, 2 month at VA)
Autopsy 1 month (MEO)
Electives 6 months

Electives: Residents may choose electives in pulmonary pathology, dermatopathology, OB-GYN pathology, or any AP/CP rotation.

In the Advanced CP rotation, residents will choose one area of CP in which they will spend most of the time. The objective is to provide an opportunity to concentrate on specific areas of laboratory medicine.