Curriculum

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine offers a combined, four year Anatomic Pathology (AP)/ Clinical Pathology (CP) program. Our program allows flexibility of scheduling in order to focus on specific interests of each trainee.

AP/CP Program (4 years)

Anatomic Pathology Rotations

  • Autopsy, 4-6 months (at least one month per year of training)
    • Medical Examiner: 1 month required
  • Surgical Pathology, 15-18 months
    • Year 1: 4-5 months
    • Year 2: 4-6 months
    • Year 3: 3-4 months
    • Year 4: 2-4 months
  • Surgical Pathology Sign Out (PGY4 only), 1 month
  • Cytology, 4 months (one month each year)
  • Pediatric Pathology at CNMC, 1 month during PGY1-2
  • Transplant/EM, 1 month optional
  • Electives in AP, 2 months in PGY3-4

Clinical Pathology Rotations

  • Blood Bank, 4 months (one month each year)
  • Microbiology, 4 months
  • Hematopathology, 4 months
  • Chemistry, 2-3 months
  • Laboratory Management, 1 month during PGY3-4
  • Coagulation, 1 month
  • HLA, 2 weeks
  • Pediatric Clinical Pathology (CNMC): 1 month during PGY3
  • Cytogenetics/Hemoglobinopathies (Quest Diagnostics), 2 weeks each
  • Electives in CP, 2 months in PGY3-4

Anatomic or Clinical Rotations

  • Research, 1 month during PGY2

Rotation Schedule

The Program Director, Coordinator and Chief Residents work with each trainee to generate a schedule that meets the criteria for the program and allows individuals to pursue any special interests. Away rotations are encouraged.

Residents are expected to be available between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm or until work for the day is satisfactorily completed. Residents at all levels above PGY-1 will take call. Call is scheduled weekly, with the heaviest load falling during PGY2.

Conferences

Residents in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine are expected to participate in daily conferences. Protected learning time is from 8-9 am every day, with optional conferences offered throughout the remainder of the day.

Affiliated Sites

All residents in the Department of Pathology & Labortatory Medicine will rotate to outside facilities to supplement their experience at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The following affiliates provide a required rotation for residents:

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Quest Diagnostics 

Residents are encouraged to secure outside elective rotations according to their own interests and career goals. Our residents have visited, among others, the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, NIH, UCLA, Stanford, and the University of Virginia.