Information for Pathology Residency Applicants
Residents who are interested in applying to the residency hosted by NYU Langone’s Department of Pathology and have questions about our curriculum, resident life, or how to apply are welcome to email Jennifer Molde, senior residency and fellowship program coordinator, at email@example.com.
Below are details pertaining to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Because of health concerns and travel restrictions related to COVID-19, all residency interviews will be conducted remotely as weekday sessions. Invited candidates can choose from a morning or afternoon session (Eastern Standard Time). The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS ®) application process remains the same.
Residency Rotation Sites
All of our rotation sites are located within a 10-minute walk of our main site, located at 550 First Avenue in Manhattan. Residents can easily attend all morning and afternoon conferences with minimal disruption to their clinical duties.
The vast majority of rotations take place at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Dermatopathology, hematopathology, and molecular pathology rotations are based at NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center East 38th Street, and cytology is partly based at Perlmutter Cancer Center.
The only rotation that requires more extensive transportation is a four-week lab management rotation at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn taken during postgraduate year 4 (PGY-4). NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn is accessible by a free 30-minute ferry ride from the East 34th Street ferry terminal, located near Tisch Hospital.
Learn more about residency rotations.
Residency On-Call Schedule
Overnight and weekend calls are divided into anatomic pathology junior call, anatomic pathology senior call, and clinical pathology call. Residents are on call roughly once a month for three or four days at a time (covering Sunday through Wednesday or Thursday through Saturday).
Generally, calls can be taken from home, unless there is a specific reason the resident must come in or if a resident does not live within a reasonable distance from the hospital.
Tisch Hospital currently employs 11 full-time pathologist assistants and 5 biopsy technicians. Our pathologist assistants are fully trained in all surgical pathology subspecialties. This flexibility allows our residents to spend their grossing time on varied, complex, and educational specimens. Bellevue has one pathologist assistant who grosses biopsies and can help gross other specimens as needed.
Anatomic and clinical pathology didactic sessions occur weekday mornings from 8:00AM to 9:00AM and consist of a complementary mix of traditional lectures, microscope and unknown slide sessions, and resident-led seminars. The didactic curriculum is tailored to build a foundation of anatomic and clinical pathology knowledge to enable our residents to succeed on their subspecialty rotations and ultimately pass their specialty boards.
Lecture topics are typically grouped by specialty, with all lectures for a given specialty occurring over the course of two weeks to a month. Afternoon conferences take place weekly and consist of invited speakers for Pathology Grand Rounds, and a variety of resident-run sessions, which include journal clubs, resident grand rounds, and research (Works in Progress) presentations and wellness sessions.
Learn more about our residency curriculum.
PGY-1 Boot Camp
PGY-1 residents begin residency with a four-week anatomic pathology boot camp, which allows them to become familiar with pathology fundamentals and hospital workflow in a directly supervised, low-stress environment. Boot camp includes two weeks on the general surgical pathology service, one week on the gynecologic pathology service, and one week on the autopsy service. During this time, new residents are taught and supervised by attending pathologists and designated PGY-2 “coaches” who help ease the transition into pathology residency.
Teaching and Presenting Opportunities for Residents
Residents have numerous opportunities to hone their teaching and presenting skills. They educate their peers through autopsy conferences, journal clubs, grand rounds, clinical pathology conferences, and board review sessions.
Senior residents are involved in interdepartmental education in the form of multidisciplinary tumor boards and clinicopathologic correlation conferences.
Finally, residents are involved in medical student education through participation in gross pathology labs, microbiology labs, and fine-needle aspiration and cytology simulations, as well as through instruction of rotating medical students. As residents progress in their training, they also teach PGY-1 residents during boot camp, and during their junior attending rotation.
Mentorship for Residents
Each incoming PGY-1 resident is matched with a faculty member who will serve as their designated mentor. Mentors can help new trainees adjust to residency, provide guidance and career advice, and help residents get involved in research endeavors. If a resident already has an interest in a specific specialty, we can pair them up with an attending in that field. However, mentors can be changed at any time as interests develop.
Subspecialty Training for Residents
If residents are interested in starting subspecialty training early in residency, our chief residents and program director are very accommodating and do their best to secure a subspecialty rotation during the first year.
Board Preparation Resources for Residents
Numerous learning resources are available through the residency as well as through NYU Health Sciences Library. All residents have access to ExpertPath through our institutional subscription, and all residents are given an individual subscription to PATHPrimer for board review questions. Additionally, we hold monthly sessions in which residents prepare board-style questions and review commonly tested topics. Finally, in the weeks leading up to the board exam, select faculty provide board review sessions for senior residents.
Book and Travel Funds for Residents
Residents receive a $600 book fund per academic year, which can be used to purchase textbooks, online courses, pay for boards, and more. Residents are also allocated $1,300 per academic year for travel, membership dues, and conference registration if they are the primary author on an abstract accepted for presentation.
In addition, residents are provided a one-time fund of $1,500 to be used to attend conferences, even if they are not presenting.
The Department of Pathology offers post-residency fellowships in cardiopulmonary pathology, cytopathology, gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology, hematopathology, neuropathology, uropathology, and women’s pathology (combined gynecologic and breast pathology).
Our residents go on to a wide variety of fellowships after graduation, both at NYU Langone and at other institutions, in positions at various types of practices including major academic centers, community practice, medical examiners offices, and private laboratories.
Learn more about our recent graduates and where they completed post-residency fellowships.