Message from the Chief Residents

Jake Dennis and Bret Evers

2014–2015 Co-Chief Residents

As the 2014–2015 Chief Residents, we would like to welcome you to the UT Southwestern Pathology Residency/Fellowship Program web page! Below, you will be able to review the Program highlights, which make UTSW a great place for pathology training.

Program Highlights

  • Large program size: Up to 8–9 residents per class and more than 20 fellows from around the world. After the match, residents can choose from the AP, CP, AP/CP, or AP/NP tracks.
  • Strong, balanced training in anatomic and clinical pathology: Our residents excel on the Resident In-Service Exam (RISE) and on the AP and CP boards.
  • Abundant and diverse surgical specimens: On average, we receive more than 30,000 surgical specimens and 4,500 non-gynecologic cytology specimens per year. We have pathology assistants and numerous support staff on the Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern surgical pathology services that teach and enhance the learning experience for the residents.
  • Variety of teaching institutions: We rotate through the Parkland Health & Hospital System, UT Southwestern University Hospitals (Zale Lipshy University Hospital and St. Paul University Hospital), Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Children’s Medical Center, and the Dallas County Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences.  These institutions expose residents to disease processes of varying stages and from different populations. 
  • Numerous elective and away rotations: We have academic relationships with several private pathology institutes in Dallas; and away rotations are always supported and encouraged, including out-of-town, out-of-state, and international rotations, all while maintaining your resident salary.
  • Research and publication opportunities: Many of our faculty mentor residents in academic and research activities that culminate in the presentation and publication of scholarly work.
  • More than 100 faculty members: The faculty work closely with residents on cases and mentor residents throughout their training. We also invite several world-renown pathologists every year to visit and provide unknown slide seminars and lectures to our residents.
  • Collegial learning environment that nurtures and enriches the spectrum of individual interests and goals, while providing the general knowledge and skills required to become excellent pathologists.
  • UTSW and UTSW academic-affiliated fellowships: Owing to our talented staff, incredible patient population, and sizeable volume, our Pathology Residency/Fellowship Program sustains a number of fellowships:
    • Breast Pathology
    • Clinical Chemistry
    • Cytogenetics
    • Cytopathology
    • Dermatopathology (Cockerell Dermatopathology Associates)
    • Forensics Pathology (Dallas County Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences)
    • Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology (Miraca Life Sciences and UT Southwestern University Hospitals)
    • Hematopathology
    • Immunopathology
    • Microbiology
    • Neuropathology
    • Pediatric Pathology
    • Transfusion Medicine
    • Genitourinary Pathology (starting in 2015)
    • Gynecologic Pathology (starting in 2015)
    • Molecular Pathology (starting in 2015)
    • Flexible and accommodating rotation and call schedule (average 19 days per resident per year).
    • Family friendly: More than half of the residents are married, many of whom have children. An excellent onsite daycare is available.
    • Competitive salaries and great benefits: Our program has the highest resident salary in Texas. (2014–2015 PGY1– $55,945).  Pathology residents receive an $825 per year book/educational fund that can roll over from year to year and a work laptop with access to EMR away from the Medical Center.
    • Graduates are competitive fellowship candidates: Recent and soon-to-be residency graduates will be continuing their training at the following institutions:
      • Clinical Chemistry (Emory University)
      • Cytopathology (UT Southwestern)
      • Dermatopathology (Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Cockerell Dermatopathology Associates, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, Geisinger Health System)
      • Gastrointestinal Pathology (Cedars Sinai, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Miraca Life Sciences)
      • Genitourinary Pathology (Bostwick Laboratories, Johns Hopkins Hospital)
      • Hematopathology (University of Arizona, University of California San Francisco, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
      • Microbiology (Emory University) 
      • Molecular Pathology (University of Pennsylvania)
      • Oncologic Pathology (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center)
      • Pediatric Pathology (Children’s Medical Center Dallas)
      • Renal Pathology (Cedars-Sinai, Nephropath)
      • Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology (Methodist Hospital in Houston, University of Maryland, University of Texas at San Antonio)
      • Transfusion Medicine (UT Southwestern)

    The Future for UTSW Pathology Residents

    • New Parkland Memorial Hospital is to be completed in 2015. It is the largest hospital project in America (862 beds) and will have state-of-the-art clinical pathology services, surgical pathology grossing rooms, and resident space and facilities.
    • New William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, a 460-bed facility, is scheduled to open in late 2014. 
The Department of Pathology has been intimately involved in the planning of both facilities, and we are very excited to begin the transition to our new homes.  

    The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

    We are very fortunate that our program is located in Dallas, an exciting and growing city that has so much to offer. Our climate is excellent and the cost of living is very affordable. The city and convenient suburbs provide a great home for both single residents and those with families. The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport and Love Field are hubs to American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, respectively, and provide convenient and affordable domestic and international travel. Additionally, social and cultural opportunities include:

    • Five professional sports teams: Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, Dallas Mavericks, FC Dallas, and Texas Rangers
    • World class performing arts facilities: AT&T Performing Arts Center, Meyerson Symphony Center, and Winspear Opera House
    • Excellent museums: Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Kimball Art Museum, Nasher Sculpture Garden, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the Sixth Floor Museum
    • Family venues and events: Dallas Arboretum, Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Zoo, Fair Park, Fort Worth Rodeo, Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth Zoo, Texas State Fair, and numerous state parks/lakes/nature trails
    • Outstanding restaurants and nightlife 

    We urge you to give our Program a closer look by exploring this website. We welcome everyone—medical students and pathology residents—to experience a rotation with us. If you are an applicant, we will look forward to your visit with us. Should you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact either of us at pathchiefs@phhs.org.