Message from the Chief Residents

Petra Rahaman and Daniel Dang

2015–2016 Co-Chief Residents

As the 2015-2016 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 program for pathology training.

Program Highlights

  • Large program size: Up to 7-8 residents per class and 18-20 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 from Parkland, 15,000 specimens from Zale Lipshy University Hospital and William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and 7,000 surgical specimens from Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center, and 4000 non-gynecologic cytology specimens per year. We have pathology assistants and numerous support staff on the Parkland and UTSW 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 and William P. Clements Jr. University Hospitals), Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Children’s Health℠ 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: 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 our program to 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 sizable volume, our 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
    • Genitourinary Pathology
    • Gynecologic Pathology
    • Hematopathology
    • Immunopathology
    • Molecular Pathology
    • Microbiology
    • Neuropathology
    • Pediatric Pathology
    • Thoracic/Transplant Pathology (starting in 2016)
    • Transfusion Medicine 
  • Flexible and accommodating rotation and call schedule (average 40 days per resident per year).
  • Family friendly: Several of the program residents are married, many have children. An excellent on-site daycare is available.
  • Competitive salaries and great benefits: Our program has the highest resident salary in Texas. (2015-2016 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 hospital.
  • 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, UT Southwestern Medical Center)
    • Cytopathology (UT Southwestern Medical Center)
    • Dermatopathology (Cockerell Dermatopathology Associates, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Geisinger Medical Center)
    • Forensic Pathology (UT Southwestern Medical Center)
    • Gastrointestinal Pathology (Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Miraca Life Sciences, UT Southwestern Medical Center)
    • Genitourinary Pathology (Johns Hopkins Hospital, UT Southwestern Medical Center)
    • Hematopathology (University of Arizona, University of California San Francisco, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Methodist Hospital in Houston, Medical College of Wisconsin, UT Southwestern Medical Center)
    • Microbiology (Emory University, Mayo Clinic Rochester)
    • Molecular Pathology (University of Pennsylvania)
    • Pediatric Pathology (Emory University, UTSW/Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center Dallas)
    • Renal Pathology (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Nephropath)
    • Surgical Pathology (MD Anderson in Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio, UT Southwestern Medical Center)
    • Transfusion Medicine (UT Southwestern Medical Center)

The future for UTSW pathology residents

New Parkland Hospital is now completed and opened in August 2015. It is the largest hospital project in America (862 beds) and has state-of-the-art clinical pathology services, surgical pathology grossing rooms, conference/microscope rooms, and resident/fellow space. William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, a 460-bed facility, with state-of-the-art pathology laboratories and facilities, opened in December 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, 2011 World Champion 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 to our residency or fellowship programs, 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.