Stanford University Pathology

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The Pathology Residency Program at Stanford University has a rich history of training physician-scientists. The formal Physician Scholars Program, as well as membership in the Stanford Society of Physician Scholars, are ideal for the trainee seeking to dedicate the majority of their career to independent scientific research.

Stanford University Pathology Residency Program
Specialty Pathology
Hospital affiliation(s)
Stanford University School of Medicine
Academic affiliation
Stanford University
Ms. Rachael Buenafe-Jacinto
Administrator email
Location Stanford, California, United States of America
Telephone (650) 723-5252

Program Description

The Department of Pathology of Stanford University seeks to train outstanding academically-oriented candidates for leadership positions in pathology.

We offer residency training in Anatomic Pathology (AP) only, Clinical Pathology (CP) only, combined AP and CP↵(AP/CP) and combined AP and Neuropathology (AP/NP). The overall goal of our↵program is to provide in-depth, flexible training in all aspects of pathology, leading to board certification in AP, CP, AP/CP, or AP/NP.

The Department of Pathology has a rich history of supporting physician-scientists in pathology.  Trainees interested in a career as a pathologist-scientist should consider the formal Physician Scholars Program.  This track prepares trainees for a career↵devoted primarily (typically 70% or higher) to basic, translational, or clinical research.

Applicants will be selected for admission to the Physician Scholars Program upon admission to the residency program.  Applicants typically elect to train in AP only, CP only, or the AP/Neuropathology track.  Interested trainees may, with the permission of the Chair, pursue combined AP/CP training.  Many of our trainees choose to complete a subspecialty fellowship following their clinical residency training and prior to beginning a formal postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pathology.  Research is an important part of residency training at Stanford.  Pathology residents have won many awards at the annual USCAP meeting, and the Stanford program is typically among the most highly represented in terms of the number of residents presenting research. 

Following clinical training, trainees in the Physician Scholars Program enter a formal postdoctoral fellowship in the↵Department of Pathology or any of the world-renowned academic departments of Stanford University, including those outside the School of Medicine.  The department will provide salary and research support for the first three years of the fellowship.  The program requires that trainees, with the assistance of her or his mentor, apply for outside funding (such as an NIH K08), with a goal of obtaining such support prior to the final year of departmental support. 

Stanford Society of Physician Scholars

Residents selected for the Physician Scholars Program will be nominated for membership in the Stanford Society of Physician Scholars (SSPS). Initiated in 2010, the society promotes↵physician-scientist training across the clinical departments of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Members of SSPS aspire to careers where the majority of their professional efforts are devoted to research. Society membership includes residents and fellows from over 15 clinical departments.

SSPS offers a formal career development program to resident and fellow members. SSPS members are mentored by successful physician-scientists and non-physician researchers from throughout the university. Society members have the opportunity to build their own skills through mentorship of a Stanford medical student with similar research interests, a program for which the society may provide research funding. The formal society seminar series brings trainees together with leaders in academia and beyond to learn about leadership, funding strategies, and general career development. 

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Overall Size: 60 residents and clinical fellows (all tracks)
  • Research Track Size:
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: Yes/No?
  • Research Opportunities: Institution-wide, including schools, departments, and institutes outside the School of Medicine
  • Benefits: Salary and research support for three years of postdoctoral fellowship. Membership in the Stanford Physician Scholars Program, which includes formal mentorship and career development experiences. As part of the overall residency program, a departmental taxable $10,000 housing allowance is guaranteed for the first four years of training. Additionally, the hospital provides taxable $ 6,000 housing allowance during the clinical years of training.  A $1,000, one-time payment is provided to new/first-time residents in July to cover gas and mileage expenses. Health and dental insurance is provided, including for children. Disability and malpractice insurance are provided. A $2000 educational allowance is provided by the hospital. Stanford will pay all fees related to initial state licensure and Step III. Three weeks of paid time off are provided per year. 20 days of sick leave are provided annually.
  • Career Development Opportunities: Types of mentorship, grant writing/funding opportunities, Additional funds for conferences requiring travel, etc

Program Tracks

  • Anatomic Pathology (AP) only
  • Clinical Pathology (CP) only
  • Combined AP and CP (AP/CP)
  • Combined AP and Neuropathology (AP/NP)

Accredited Fellowships

  • Breast Pathology
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Cytopathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Gynecologic Pathology
  • Hematopathology
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology
  • Neuropathology
  • Surgical Pathology
  • Transfusion Medicine

Contact Information

  • Program Director:Neeraja Kambham
  • Program Administrator: Ms. Rachael Buenafe-Jacinto,
  • Program Website: Stanford Pathology
  • Telephone: (650) 723-5252 
  • Address: 300 Pasteur Drive, Lane 235, Stanford, CA 94305-5324