Frequently Asked Questions

What are surgical pathology rotations like at NYU?

Our surgical pathology training takes place at both Bellevue Hospital (PGY-1) and NYU Langone Tisch Hospital (PGY-1 to PGY-4), providing residents with the opportunity to experience two distinct practice environments.

Bellevue Hospital is the oldest public hospital in the United States and provides healthcare for a diverse and traditionally underserved patient population. Surgical Pathology is divided between a general service (approximately 10,000 cases annually) and gynecologic pathology service (approximately 3,000 cases annually). Residents work closely with a small group of attendings and see a wide range of cases, from common conditions to advanced disease. Both services are resident-run, with three residents rotating at Bellevue at all times.

NYU Langone Tisch Hospital is a private tertiary care hospital with 725 inpatient beds and over 60 operating rooms. The busy surgical pathology service is completely subspecialized, and handles more than 85,000 cases annually, with 40+ attending pathologists divided across more than ten different subspecialties. The high volume and case diversity at our large academic center ensures exposure to rare and complex pathologies. Residents rotate at Tisch through the various surgical subspecialties in 4-week blocks. Each service designates an attending who tracks the number and type of specimens that you gross and provides ongoing feedback throughout the rotation.

Does NYU have Pathologist Assistants?

Yes, NYU Langone Tisch currently employs 11 full-time pathologist assistants and 5 biopsy technicians. Our PAs 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 Hospital has one PA who grosses biopsies and can help gross other specimens as needed.

What are the didactics like at NYU?

The anatomic and clinical pathology didactic sessions occur weekday mornings from 8am to 9am and consist of a complementary mix of traditional lectures, microscope/unknown slide sessions and resident-led seminars. The curriculum is tailored to build the 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 department Grand Rounds, and a variety of resident-run sessions, which include journal clubs, resident grand rounds, and research (work-in-progress) presentations and wellness sessions

Do the first year residents have a bootcamp when they start?

PGY-1 residents begin residency with a 4-week AP Bootcamp, which allows them to become familiar with pathology fundamentals and hospital workflow in a directly supervised, low-stress environment. The boot camp includes 2 weeks on the general surgical pathology service, 1 week on the GYN pathology service and 1 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.

What is a typical workday like?

A typical day starts off with a morning didactic (either lecture-based or at the microscope), followed by your clinical duties. As a first year resident at Bellevue, this usually consists of surgical pathology sign-out, followed by either grossing or previewing cases. When you are at NYU Langone Tisch on subspecialty surgical pathology rotations, you have a three- to four-day cycle depending on the subspecialty, in which you gross one of those days. On CP rotations, the morning is generally spent in the laboratory, working alongside technicians and developing an understanding of the various methodologies used in modern laboratory medicine. Afternoons are usually spent with the laboratory director, who provides one-on-one lectures on various topics and reviews interesting cases.

For more information about resident rotations and scheduling, please visit our page on Residency Curriculum.

How does call work for residents?

Overnight and weekend calls are divided into AP Junior call, AP Senior call, and CP call. Residents are on call roughly once a month for three or four days at a time (covering Sunday-Wednesday or Thursday-Saturday). Generally, the 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.

What training sites do residents rotate through?

The vast majority of rotations take place at NYU Langone Tisch Hospital and Bellevue Hospital. Dermatopathology, hematopathology, and molecular pathology are based at the NYU Ambulatory Care Center, and cytology is partly based at the Perlmutter Cancer Center. All of these sites are located within a ten minute walk from our main site, NYU Langone Tisch Hospital, and residents can easily attend all morning and afternoon conferences with minimal disruption to their clinical duties. The only rotation that requires more extensive transportation is a 4-week lab management rotation at NYU Langone Brooklyn taken during PGY-4 year, which is readily accessible via a free 30-minute ferry ride from Tisch hospital.

How is the molecular pathology training at NYU?

NYU Langone has a robust molecular pathology program with 5 molecular pathologists. All residents complete a dedicated 4-week molecular pathology rotation, in which they learn about the technical aspects and diagnostic interpretation of a wide variety of hematologic and solid tumor molecular assays, hybrid capture and amplicon based next generation sequencing (NGS) testing, genotyping and methylation microarrays, and fluorescence in-situ hybridization tests. Residents present cases at the weekly molecular consensus conference and discuss results at the interdisciplinary molecular tumor board. In addition to the formal rotation, many residents expand their knowledge of molecular pathology through research projects, making use of the extensive molecular resources we have available. We expect the department to continue to grow in the near future, as we recruit additional faculty and bring online additional advanced molecular assays including a customized 607 gene DNA NGS panel, 86 genes RNA sequencing gene fusion panel and ctDNA liquid biopsy testing.

What research opportunities are available for residents at NYU?

There are ample research opportunities for residents at NYU and participation is highly encouraged. Virtually all of our residents find themselves becoming involved in one or more research projects over the course of their training. The department provides dedicated funding for resident projects via the Translational Research Program, enabling residents to pursue their own research endeavors with the guidance of faculty research mentors. The rate of project approval is high, so interested residents with strong proposals are likely to be funded. NYU also strongly encourages collaboration between clinical and basic researchers throughout the department, with regular work-in-progress talks, bi-weekly experimental pathology seminars, and our department’s annual Pathology Retreat. Finally, our department offers a Physician Scientist Pathway in which residents interested in pursuing an academic clinical research career receive six months of dedicated research time during residency and, upon completion, can be offered acceptance into a two or three year postdoctoral training program.

Thanks to this significant support, our residents are highly productive academically, with a large proportion presenting at USCAP, CAP, and ASCP, as well as many other national and international meetings. At USCAP 2019, for example, 14 of our residents presented one or more posters, and two had platform presentations.

For more information about resident projects and research opportunities, please visit our page on Resident Research.

For more information about the Physician Scientist Pathway, please visit our page on Training Tracks.

For more information about ongoing research within the NYU Department of Pathology overall, please visit our department’s page on Research.

What teaching/presenting opportunities are available for residents?

There are numerous opportunities for residents to hone their teaching and presenting skills. Trainees educate their peers through autopsy conferences, journal clubs, grand rounds, CP conferences, and board review sessions. Additionally, senior residents are involved in interdepartmental education in the form of multidisciplinary tumor boards and clinicopathologic correlation conferences. Finally, residents are also involved in medical student education through participation in gross pathology labs, microbiology labs, and FNA/cytology simulations, as well as through instruction of rotating medical students. As they progress in their training, residents also teach PGY1 residents during boot camp, and during their junior attending rotation.

Is there formal mentorship for career development and personal growth?

Each incoming PGY-1 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 you already have an interest in a specific specialty, we can pair you up with an attending in that field. However, mentors can be changed at any time as your interests develop.

If I’m interested in a specific subspecialty, could I gain exposure to that field early on in my training?

Yes, our chief residents and program director are very accommodating and will do their best to secure a rotation of your interest during your first year.

What board preparation resources are available?

Numerous learning resources are available through the program as well as the NYU Health Science 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.

What type of book/travel funds are available 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 $1300 per academic year from the program, 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 $1500 from the institution during residency, which can be used to attend conferences, even if they are not presenting.

Does your residency program provide affordable housing for incoming residents?

NYU Langone has a number of subsidized apartments nearby. Apartments are offered based on a lottery system, with highest priority given to incoming PGY-1s coming from outside the NYC metro area. As housing is not guaranteed, NYU Langone also provides assistance in obtaining off-campus housing through a lease guaranty program and discounts on select brokers.

For more information about housing, please visit the NYU Langone Housing website.

What do your residents do for fun?

New York City is a culturally diverse city with many opportunities that our residents take advantage of during training. Happy hours, Broadway shows, museum trips, music concerts, cultural festivals and city parks (including our city's 840 acre Central Park) are some of the many things we enjoy. With the medical center being a short distance from midtown Manhattan, public transportation to most of the city is easily accessible.

Additionally, there is a strong sense of camaraderie in our program and department. Our residents enjoy hanging out at work as well as organizing activities outside of the hospital. In addition to department-sponsored events and parties, our program has a Resident Wellness Committee with its own allocated funds to use for various wellness events. Past events have included ping pong, dim sum, escape rooms, ice-skating, and group museum trips.

What fellowships does NYU have?

Currently, we have fellowship programs in Cardio-Pulmonary Pathology, Cytopathology, Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology, Hematopathology, Neuropathology, Uropathology, and Women's Pathology (combined gynecologic and breast pathology).

For more information about our fellowship programs, please visit our page on Clinical Fellowships.

Where do your residents go after graduation?

Our residents go on to a wide variety of fellowships after graduation, both at NYU and at other institutions. Following training, our graduates have secured positions at various types of practices, including major academic centers, community practice, medical examiners offices, and private laboratories.

For more information, please visit our department page on Former Residents.

How do I apply?

Applications should be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) by December 31 of the year preceding appointment.

Who do I contact for further info?

For further information please contact our program coordinators:

Adrienne Dolginko, C-TAGME, Program Manager, Education Division
Adrienne.Dolginko@nyulangone.org
Phone: (212) 263 5376

Jennifer Molde, Residency & Fellowship Program Coordinator
Jennifer.Molde@nyulangone.org
Phone: (646) 501 9926