The University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Pathology offers a four-year, ACGME-accredited training program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Three-year programs in Anatomic or Clinical Pathology are also available for select individuals. Several fellowships are offered, including Surgical Pathology, Hematopathology, Cytopathology, Informatics and Blood Banking / Transfusion Medicine.
The Department of Pathology is unusual, and possibly unique, in designating a separate Division of Pathology Education, in addition to more traditional divisions, such as Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology. The Department has formally partnered with the Department of Medical Education (DME) to develop and provide advanced programs in medical education to faculty and trainees. As part of that initiative, a senior member of the DME maintains an active joint faculty position in the Department of Pathology, spending a minimum of several hours weekly on programs within the department, which have included ad hoc committees to establish departmental education priorities and a Best Practices for Pathology Education series (workshop-style seminars which focus on faculty members and their development as educators).
Residents learn how to teach in programs offered by the Departments of Pathology and Medical Education, and they participate in medical student education and the training of other health professionals (such as Pathology Assistants). All residents participate in the many conferences that the Departments of Pathology in the affiliated hospitals conduct for medical and surgical subspecialites. All residents deliver presentations at the citywide Illinois Registry of Pathology meetings and are encouraged to submit abstracts and make presentations at national pathology meetings. Travel stipends are provided for residents to travel to meetings to present their faculty-guided research, translational and basic.
The curriculum offers the possibility of flexibility in the timing and choice of rotations and can be tailored to the interests and abilities of the resident. Training pathways for those who are interested in becoming clinician-scientists are available.