Residency Training Overview

The main objective of the OHSU Department of Pathology residency program is to develop outstanding anatomic and clinical pathologists who are personable, well balanced, broadly competent and prepared to pursue careers in either private practice or academics. Training in both anatomic (AP) and clinical pathology (CP) is provided in the Pathology Departments at OHSU, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Kaiser Regional Laboratory, and the Medical Examiner’s Office.

During the residency, the trainee spends a total of 192 weeks in AP and CP. The AP/CP curriculum consists of core rotations designed to provide a fundamental base of knowledge and technical skills and to provide the foundation for the pursuit of advanced fellowship training. Conducting research with emphasis on clinicopathologic correlation and the role of the pathologist as consultant physician is also part of our program. Residents have first call responsibilities for both anatomic and clinical pathology. On average, residents take call one night out of nine. Faculty members are available for backup and for relief on the rare occasion when on-call responsibilities create duty hours issues.

Curriculum, Didactics, and Conferences

The anatomic pathology programs include autopsy, surgical pathology and cytopathology, including fine needle aspiration biopsy and diagnosis. Subspecialty areas include cytopathology, dermatopathology, electron microscopy, forensic pathology, immunohistochemistry, neuropathology, including nerve and muscle biopsies, hematopathology and renal pathology. The clinical pathology training includes laboratory experience in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, toxicology, microbiology, cytogenetics, molecular diagnostics and immunology. An AP & LM didactic curriculum of more than 100 instructional hours covers the breadth of the specialty. This course is given over two years, so that residents experience two cycles prior to board examinations. OHSU Pathology offers a robust conference schedule, with multiple interdisciplinary conferences held daily. Residents are encouraged to attend conferences appropriate to each rotation, and often present.


Faculty Mentor

Each resident meets regularly with a faculty mentor. The mentor fosters a personal relationship with the trainee and is available to help with professional development and to help clarify career goals and expectations. The mentor also serves as a resource for wellness, ethical and professional issues, and helps the trainee develop his or her annual grand rounds presentation.

Research and Scholarly Activity All residents are encouraged to participate in either basic or clinical research projects during their training. We have an annual all-department research event to foster faculty and trainee collaboration and share interests. Elective time may be used to pursue specific research goals.

Read about current research in the Pathology Department at OHSU 

All trainees are required to pursue individual scholarly activity and present annually at Pathology Grand Rounds. Trainees are encouraged to submit their work for regional and national conference, and additional financial support is available for trainees who present.

Elective Rotations

Electives comprise seven rotations out of the four-year residency training program. Electives include advanced training in virtually all service and research laboratories as well as laboratory management and informatics. In addition to the core rotations, elective rotations intended to: augment diagnostic skills in a subspecialty area or extend one's expertise in a core area; gain or extend technical or procedural skills; conduct research; and gain particular laboratory management, test development and technological expertise in one or more areas. The curriculum is flexibly structured to allow as much latitude as possible for the trainee to design a program customized to meet his or her individual needs.

Application requirements and deadlines