Educational Goals

The ultimate goal of the Residency Training Program in Pathology is to prepare graduate physicians from U.S. or Canadian medical or osteopathic schools accredited by the Association of American Medical Colleges, or other medical graduates certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for independent careers as pathologists certified by the American Board of Pathology, or for subsequent specialized training in one of the subdisciplines of Pathology.

In training for careers in Pathology, Residents develop knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with the six Core Competencies as set forward in the Outcome Project of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Specifically, residents completing training are expected to demonstrate:


Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health

Medical Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care

Interpersonal and Communication Skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals

Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population

Systems-Based Practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value

In order to attain these Core Competencies, the Program has published this Program Statement for applicants, residents and faculty. The Program Statement sets forth Goals and Objectives in each rotation that address each of the Core Competencies, and describes the process by which progress of residents is to be evaluated.


The philosophy of the Program is to develop the skills of the Resident as a junior colleague through a series of graded responsibilities culminating in independent decision making.

Within the scope of the Program is the potential to train the Resident for a career in the community, in academic service, in government or in basic research.

Valuable learning is acknowledged to take place not only in interactions between the Staff and the Resident, but also in interactions among Residents.

Although it is acknowledged that the new Resident may not always have a clear career plan at the outset of training, frequent interviews with the Director will attempt to elicit a career plan so that educational resources can be reserved for the Resident as soon as possible.