Sample Resident Curriculum
Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology rotations are scheduled in each residency year, reflecting the actual practice of many pathologists and the increasing relationships and intersections between these two broad areas of pathology.
All residents rotate at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and the community hospitals, but not every rotation is offered at each participating hospitals. Rotations must have adequate patient material and sufficient resources to offer an excellent educational experience.
The curriculum in place for the current academic year is shown below. Adjustments may be made to accommodate particular resident needs. The Education Committee continually reviews and modifies the curriculum as necessary to maintain the UIC educational experience at the highest level possible.
- Introduction to Anatomic Pathology (AP): (Surgical Pathology, Neuropathology, Pediatric Pathology, Autopsy)
Five month rotation
All first year residents begin in AP with gradual responsibilities and with supervision done by faculty, pathology assistants, fellows and senior residents.
- Introduction to Clinical Pathology:
Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Hematopathology and Microbiology
Four uninterrupted months
Surgical Pathology, UI Hospital or JBVAMC
Two month rotations
Autopsy Pathology, covers UI Hospital, JBVAMC and John H. Stroger Hospital
Approximately eleven months
Forensic Pathology *
Hematology/Hematopathology, UI Hospital/ALGH
Advanced Chemistry and Immunoserology
Blood Banking / Transfusion Medicine
Cytogenetics / Molecular Pathology
Renal Pathology/Electron Miroscopy / EM, ALGH †
Laboratory Management combined with Informatics
Electives in Pathology‡
Three to Four months
* Office of the Medical Examiner of Cook County, PGY IV
† PGY II or PGY III
‡ Electives in Pathology: May be taken as blocks or as single months, depending on availability of rotations, resident interest and needs; they may be taken earlier in the curriculum (with approval of Program Director and Education Committee).
Extra months of BB/TM and cytopathology are advisable for a resident interested in a general diagnostic community practice.