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.
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:
Surgical pathology (4
Blood Bank (2
Surgical Pathology (4
Clinical Chemistry (2
Surgical Pathology (4
Renal / Neuropathology (2
Molecular Pathology / HLA (1
Clinical Pathology Electives (6 months)
General Electives (AP or CP) (3 months)
Surgical Pathology (1
Laboratory Management (1
Anatomic Pathology (26
Clinical Pathology (19
General Electives (AP or CP) (3
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.
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.