Core Curriculum / Rotations

The curriculum is organized as 13 4-week periods per year.  The core curriculum involves 23 periods of required AP rotations, 22 periods of required CP rotations, and 7 periods of elective time. Elective time may be spent performing additional months of core rotations, free-standing elective rotations, or research (up to 6 periods).

The 4-year rotation schedule (see attachment) entails 9 periods of required AP and 4 periods of required CP in PGY-1, 4 periods of required AP and 9 periods 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-period blocks during the PGY2 year, in order to provide an opportunity for intensive, longitudinal exposure to core CP areas, with one additional advanced rotation period in each area as a senior resident.

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

Required Anatomic Pathology Rotations (22 months)

Autopsy
3 periods
Cytopathology
3 periods
Surgical Pathology(FMLH)
14 periods
Pediatric Pathology
2 periods
Forensic Pathology
1 period

Required Clinical Pathology Rotations (19 months)

CP Boot Camp
1 period
Chemistry
4 periods
Hematopathology
4 periods
Microbiology
4 periods
Transfusion Medicine
3 periods
Coagulation
1 period
Cytogenetics
1 period
Molecular Diagnostics
3 periods
Quality/Informatics
1 period

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.