Medical University of South Carolina Pathology

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Medical University of South Carolina
Specialty Pathology
Hospital affiliation(s)
Medical University of South Carolina
Academic affiliation
Medical University of South Carolina
Director Nicholas Batalis, MD
Director email
Associate director
David Lewin, MD
Associate director email
Trudie Shingledecker
Administrator email
Current trainees
Trainees per year
Location Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America
Website Residency Website
Telephone 843-792-1086
NRMP Number

Program Description

The pathology residency training program at the Medical University of South Carolina is an well rounded, integrated 4 year anatomic and clinical pathology program with a variety of training opportunities for residents. As our institution is the largest academic teaching hospital in the state, and we are the only pathology residency program in South Carolina, we receive a diverse variety of specimens that provide an excellent source of material for education and research.

Our training program is well balanced with abundant exposure to the areas of anatomic and clinical pathology and also allows several months that can be used for elective rotations in research or anatomic and clinical pathology subspecialties. We offer a variety of fellowships and our graduates have been successful in attaining fellowship positions of their choice, whether it be in house or at another institution. Likewise, our graduates have fared very well in finding employment after completing their training. While most of our graduates end up in private practice, a number of graduates have attained academic positions, including several within our department.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Division of Research currently includes 19 full time faculty members with primary responsibilities in biomedical research. The division faculty have diverse research interests that generally fall under three broad categories: cancer biology, auditory neurobiology and stem cell biology. A recent University initiative has been the expansion of the Cancer Genomics and Genetic Sciences program in the Hollings Cancer Center (HCC). As a result, the cancer research core group in the department has grown to fifteen members who together provide outstanding research opportunities in breast, ovarian, lung and neuronal sheath tumor biology and genetics. The neurobiology research group consists of four faculty members with research interests centered around defining the molecular and histopathological alterations associated with noise- and drug-induced and age-related hearing loss. A final area of research that encompasses both the cancer and neuroscience foci is stem cell biology. Research opportunities in this area include exploring the role of stem cells in cancer metastasis and progression and the molecular mechanisms associated with the derivation of various forms of connective tissues from hematopoietic stem cells.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 4 years (Additional 5th year in Physician-Scientist Research Pathway available)
  • Number of protected research months: Up to 6 months during 4 year residency, with additional 12 months if choosing Physician-Scientist Research Pathway
  • Overall Size: Approved for 22 positions, 5-6 residents per year
  • Research Track Size: Up to 1 resident per year
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: No
  • Research Opportunities: Residents can choose to do research in any School of Medicine department, although Department of Pathology laboratories are preferred
  • Benefits: We offer a generous resident support package including an educational allowance, funds to present research projects at meetings, and departmental funds to support research; personal computer and microscope for use during duration of training; health, dental, and life insurance; paid vacation, administrative, and sick leave; ample office space; free membership to wellness center; free covered parking
  • Career Development Opportunities: All residents choose a clinical faculty mentor during their first 6 months of training. Those trainees with a research interest may choose an additional faculty mentor to aid research efforts.


  • Job Placement: Approximately 75% of our graduates enter private practice pathology with the remaining 25% working in university affiliated academic positions or government affiliated positions. Most all of our residents complete 1 fellowship and our trainees have been successful in attaining positions at institutions across the country. For a listing of fellowship and work placements please see our webpage:

Program Tracks

The vast majority of our trainees complete a 4 year combined anatomic and clinical pathology training program. On rare occasions we have had trainees in 3 year anatomic or clinical pathology only tracks. An additional year of research is available through a 5 year Physician-Scientist Research Pathway.

Pertinent Fellowships

Fellowship training programs are available in the fields of clinical chemistry, cytopathology (3 positions), dermatopathology (3 positions), forensic pathology, hematopathology, and surgical pathology (2 positions).

Contact Information