Pathology Residency Tracks
Residents in NYU Langone’s Department of Pathology prepare for professional careers by focusing their expertise in one of the following tracks:
- anatomic pathology and clinical pathology
- anatomic pathology
- anatomic pathology and research (also known as the physician–scientist pathway)
- anatomic pathology and neuropathology
Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology Track
Pathology residents with diverse pathology-related career goals train in the combined anatomic pathology and clinical pathology track, which can be modified to meet individual objectives. The flexibility of this four-year program makes it equally suitable for those interested in academic or community hospital pathology practice.
Pathology residents on the anatomic pathology and clinical pathology track become skilled in the specialty areas of anatomic pathology and gain experience in the major subspecialty areas. In addition, residents gain experience in the major areas of clinical pathology, including blood banking and transfusion medicine, hematology, microbiology, and clinical chemistry.
Anatomic Pathology Track
Residents on the three-year anatomic pathology track experience all of the specialty areas of anatomic pathology, including surgical subspecialties and autopsy pathology.
Pathology residents in the anatomic pathology track spend 30 rotation blocks in core rotations and 6 months in elective rotations. The core rotations include all required autopsy rotations (2 blocks hospital autopsy, 1 block at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner) and surgical pathology general and subspecialty rotations (27 blocks total), which include several advanced rotations such as frozen section and junior attending.
Anatomic Pathology and Research Track
Also known as the physician–scientist pathway, the anatomic pathology and research track combines the anatomic pathology residency with a two- or three-year postdoctoral training program. The anatomic pathology and research training track is open to graduates of MD or MD/PhD programs who have a strong interest in an academic clinical research career in pathology.
This combination of clinical training and basic research enables residents to obtain board certification and develop clinical expertise in a selected area of organ pathology. Postdoctoral training prepares residents for an academic career in pathology.
Physician–scientist pathway residents receive intensive mentorship from both clinical and research faculty members. Our goal is to train physician–scientists who have solid clinical expertise in pathology as well as original, independent research.
Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology Track
Residents on the anatomic pathology and neuropathology track spend their first two years training in all anatomic pathology specialties including subspecialty surgical pathology sections, cytopathology, and autopsy. In the third and fourth years, residents learn to diagnose a large number and wide variety of central nervous system tumors as part of focused neuropathology training. A number of faculty in the Department of Pathology perform research related to neuropathology and provide mentorship to residents who wish to focus their training in this area.
Residents training in the anatomic pathology and neuropathology track become eligible for combined board certification in anatomic pathology and neuropathology.
We also offer advanced post-residency training in neuropathology through our Neuropathology Fellowship.