University of Pennsylvania Pathology Residency Program

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University of Pennsylvania Pathology Residency Program
Specialty Pathology
Academic affiliation
University of Pennsylvania
Director Kathleen Montone, MD
Director email
Warren Pear, MD, PhD
Christopher Watt, MD, PhD
Lauren Ende Schwartz, MD
Pamela Mammarelli
Administrator email
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Website Pathology Residency Program
Telephone 215-662-4829

Program Description

The Residency Training Program in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is among the preeminent programs nationwide, standing out as a leading fully integrated program with balanced strengths in all main arenas of modern academic pathology – Anatomic Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology, and Experimental Pathology.

The University of Pennsylvania Pathology Residency Program is academically rigorous and is considered one of the top training programs in the nation, particularly for those interested in an academic career focused in Transfusion Medicine, Neuropathology, Cytopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Forensic Pathology, or Hematopathology. The Department itself is currently ranked No. 1 in NIH research funding.

These strengths – along with a newly created Center for Personalized Diagnostics focusing on molecular and genomic pathology in support of precision medicine, the expansion of clinical services and research in Apheresis and Cellular Therapeutics, the Penn-developed personalized cancer immunotherapy, and a recently developed innovative Leadership Program – provide residents an academic environment with state-of-the-art clinical, scientific and translational research activities.

Over the past twenty years, approximately 65% of resident and fellow graduates have gone on to careers as faculty in academic institutions, 30% are in private practice and 5% have other types of careers, such as medical examiners, Director of the American Red Cross, and various positions in industry.

For those graduates going into academia, many of the program residents eventually stay on as faculty members within the University of Pennsylvania Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine or at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), while others have accepted faculty positions at various prestigious departments across the country.

Program Information

Program Tracks

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania offers four Residency Training Programs:

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

Of these training tracks, AP (only), CP (only), and AP/CP can be combined with a Research Track. To support this mission, there are numerous opportunities for research and excellent mentoring for those wishing to pursue a research career.

Residency Application Scheduling

All of the Pathology programs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are categorical programs and thus all PGY1 positions must go through the match. This applies to US and foreign medical graduates. The match process does not apply for categorical positions at the PGY2 level and above.

The application deadline is November the 15th of each year.

Approximately eight (8) first-year positions are offered annually. Upper level positions are only occasionally available. Contact the Residency Program Director for further information.

Each completed application is reviewed by the Residency Selection Committee and a decision is made as to whether to offer an interview. Interview invitations are extended via email and a mutually convenient date is arranged, generally in the period from October 1 to December 20.