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Required Rotations | Program Conferences

Our curriculum is designed to provide balanced training in both anatomic and clinical pathology, with integrated rotations through the four-year curriculum to provide continuous exposure to both anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine.

Required Rotations (for AP/CP, 4 years)

Anatomic Pathology (27 months)

Anatomic Pathology encompasses autopsy pathology, cytopathology and surgical pathology and its subspecialties. Sub-specialty rotations include dermatopathology (required) and neuropathology (elective). All first-year residents spend the first month training on the autopsy service to develop their dissection skills and microscopic interpretation of normal and abnormal histology. Further autopsy rotations are interspersed throughout the residency. Our four-person surgical pathology rotations provide focused learning in intraoperative consultations (frozen section), gross examination and dissection of complex specimens, and in-depth case review and collaboration with faculty and staff. 

  • Autopsy - 5 months of assigned service + weekend on-calls
  • Cytopathology - 3 months
  • Dermatopathology - 1 month
  • Forensic Pathology at the Office of the Medical Examiner of Cook County - 1 month
  • Pediatric Pathology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago - 1 month
  • Surgical Pathology - 16 months

Clinical Pathology (18 months)

Residents are integrated into laboratory functions through sign-out of cases, involvement in consults and case reviews, laboratory management, and other exercises. Residents also spend time at the bench learning the technical aspects of test performance in each lab.

  • Biochemistry/Immunology - 4 months
  • Blood Bank - 3 months
  • Cytogenetics - 0.5 months
  • Hematopathology/Flow Cytometry - 4 months
  • Microbiology - 3 months
  • Molecular Diagnostics - 1 month
  • Advanced (Integrative) CP - 3 months

Elective Rotations (3 months)

Elective rotationes in nearly every area of anatomic or clinical pathology are available within our educational system (NorthShore and University of Chicago).  Elective rotations outside of our educational system are also possible with advance approval by the Program Director.

Typical Rotation Schedule

PGY

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

May

June

1

AUTOPSY

SP1

MICRO1

SP2

BBANK1

SP3

DERM

SP4

AUTOPSY

BIOCHEM1

SP5

HEME1

2

SP6

CYTO1

SP7

HEME2

AUTOPSY

BIOCHEM2

SP8

MOLEC

SP9

MICRO2

SP10

BBANK2

3

SP11

HEME3

SP12

CYTO2

SP13

MICRO3

SP14

AUTOPSY

BIOCHEM3

PEDS

BBANK3

SP15

4

BIOCHEM4

SP16

AUTOPSY

RESEARCH   ELECT

ADV CP1

HEME4

ADVCP2

CYTO3

SPSO

ELECT

ME

ADVCP3

An AP only option is also available. 

Program Conferences

Residents are generally provided protected time to attend the daily 8 AM conferences and the Wednesday and Friday 12 PM conferences.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:00am-9:00am

Hematopathology Conference or

Autopsy Conference

 

8:00am-9:00am

AP Conference (lecture series)

8:00am-9:00am

Cytopathology Conference

 

12:00pm-1:00pm

Case of the Week (COW) or
Journal  Club or
Directors’   Management and Quality Assurance Conference

8:00am-8:30am

Dermatopathology Conference or

8:30am-9:30am

Renal Conference

8:00am-9:00am

Surgical Unknowns Conference

 

12:00pm-1:00pm

CP Conference (lecture series)

Residents also participate in the quarterly Perinatal M&M Conferences.