Typical APCP-4 Educational Program

Rotations by Month in Program

All rotations are at WFBMC except 1/2 day every 4th week of  Surgical Pathology

The program consists of 45 months of required rotations in AP and CP and 3 months of general electives.  AP and CP rotations are admixed throughout the four years of the program.

Required AP rotations include:

Surgical Pathology  (13 months)
Autopsy (5 months; 4 months of core rotations and a 1 month supervisory rotation)
Cytopathology  (4 months)
Dermatopathology (2 months)
Neuropathology and Renal Pathology (combined rotation, 2 months)

Required CP rotations include:

Hematopathology  (4 months)
Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine (2 months)
Clinical Microbiology  (2 months)
Clinical Chemistry (2 months)
HLA/Molecular Pathology (1 month)
Cytogenetics (1 month)
Laboratory Management (1 month)
CP Electives (6 months)

Annual Spring Course:
  Every year a required lecture-based course in a different CP discipline is given on a 4-year cycle, including  Blood Bank, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microbiology, Hematopathology, and Molecular Pathology.

Elective rotations are flexible based on the interests and needs of individual residents.  In addition to the time in each of the services mentioned above, elective time can be used for away rotations in ACGME-accredited programs (with approval of the Program Director and House Staff Office), to gain experience in community practice at affiliated hospitals, and for research.

Sequence of Rotations: 

 First Year

 Autopsy  (4 months)

 Surgical pathology  (4 months)

 Blood Bank  (2 months)

 Hematopathology  (1 month)

 Cytopathology  (1 month)

Second Year

 Surgical Pathology  (4 months)

 Hematopathology  (2 months)

 Cytopathology  (2 months)

 Dermatopathology  (2 months)

 Clinical Chemistry  (2 months)

Third Year

 Surgical Pathology  (4 months)

 Renal / Neuropathology  (2 months combined)

 Microbiology  (2 months)

 Cytopathology  (1 month)

 Autopsy  (1 month supervisory)

 Cytogenetics  (1 month)

 Molecular Pathology / HLA  (1 month)

Fourth Year

 Clinical Pathology Electives  (6 months)

 General Electives (AP or CP)  (3 months)

 Surgical Pathology  (1 month)

 Hematopathology  (1 month)

 Laboratory Management  (1 month)

 Anatomic Pathology  (26 Months)

 Clinical Pathology  (19 Months)

 General Electives (AP or CP)  (3 Months)

 Total                            48 Months

The 1-month Laboratory Management course occurs in February of PGY-4.  The remainder of the schedule is flexible within the constraints of residents needing to complete the requirements to be eligible for board certification and service responsibilities.  Longitudinal educational activities include numerous teaching and patient care conferences, and journal club.

Additional Information:

Residents have opportunities to participate in research and are encouraged to write papers and to present their work at national professional society meetings.   Residents can also participate in teaching medical students, other residents, graduate students, medical technology students, and technicians.

Call duties are divided among PGY 2-4 residents. Night call is taken from home.

Quick Reference

Pathology Residency Training Program
Program Director:
Ryan T. Mott, MD

Tel: 336-716-4311
Fax: 336-716-7595

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