Core Curriculum / Rotations

The core curriculum involves 22 months of required AP rotations, 19 months of required CP rotations, and 7 months of elective time. Elective time may be spent performing additional months of core rotations, free-standing elective rotations, or research (up to 6 months).

The 4-year rotation schedule entails 9 months of required AP and 3 months of required CP in PGY-1, 3 months of required AP and 9 months of required CP in PGY-2, and a more flexible and balanced mixture in PGY-3 and PGY-4.

Chemistry, microbiology, and hematopathology are organized as 3-month blocks during the PGY2 year, in order to provide an opportunity for intensive, longitudinal exposure to core CP areas, with one additional advanced rotation month in each area as a senior resident.

Surgical pathology rotations are similarly organized as 3-month blocks to the extent possible.

Required Anatomic Pathology Rotations (21 months)

3 months
3 months
Surgical Pathology
12 months
Pediatric Pathology
2 months
Forensic Pathology
1 month

Required Clinical Pathology Rotations (20 months)

4 months
4 months
4 months
Transfusion Medicine
3 months
1 month
1 month
Molecular Diagnostics
3 months

Elective Time (7 months)

In addition to extra months in core rotations, available electives include: flow cytometry, frozen sections, and research.

Rotation Specific Goals and Objectives

Each rotation has a set of rotation-specific goals and objectives organized around the core competencies, including training level-specific competencies.

All residents will receive the entire complement of rotation documents at the beginning of each academic year.

Additionally, at the beginning of each rotation, the rotation director will provide the goals and objectives to the resident and discuss them face-to-face in order to clearly establish expectations for the rotation.

A sign-off process ensures that this process occurs consistently.