Training Options

The Department of Pathology Residency Program offers several training options:

Most of the residents who enter our program undertake four years of combined training in both anatomic pathology and clinical pathology (AP/CP4). Those individuals who wish to pursue a career in academic pathology without a primary emphasis on basic research may choose a three-year AP (AP3) or CP (CP3) curriculum. Individuals with a strong commitment to a laboratory science may choose the research track, which combines the AP3 or CP3 curriculum with one or more years of research.

Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP4) Program

The first two years of the Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP4) Program consist of a core curriculum which serves as the foundation for more advanced or specialized rotations of the third and fourth years of training. Progression through the curriculum is accompanied by a graduated increase in resident responsibility.

First-Year Rotations

  • Autopsy Pathology (adult, pediatric, and perinatal) – 3 months
  • Surgical Pathology  2 months
  • Transfusion Medicine  2 months
  • Hematopathology  2 months
  • Chemical Pathology  2 months
  • Molecular Pathology  1 month

Second-Year Rotations

  • Surgical Pathology  4 months
  • Liver, Kidney, Eye Pathology  1 month
  • Cytology/Fine Needle Aspiration  2 months
  • Immunopathology  1 month
  • Flow Cytometry - 1 month
  • Microbiology  2 months
  • Cytogenetics  1 month

Third- and Fourth-Year Rotations

  • Electives  6 months
  • Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Surgical pathology/Cytopathology/Autopsy)  4 months
  • Coagulation/Transfusion Medicine  2 months
  • Laboratory Management and Informatics  2 months
  • Dermatopathology  2 months
  • Surgical Pathology, Zale Lipshy University Hospital  2 months
  • Pediatric Surgical Pathology, Children’s Medical Center  2 months
  • Hematopathology  2 months
  • Forensic Pathology  1 month
  • Autopsy  1 month
  • Neuropathology  1 month
  • Cytology  1 month

Anatomic Pathology (AP3) Program

During the first two years of the Anatomic Pathology (AP3) Training Program, the residents take the same required AP rotations as the AP/CP4 residents. This is followed by a flexible year of research and/or subspecialty elective training. Modifications of this Training Program may be arranged to meet the specific needs of individuals planning specialized academic and/or research careers.

Clinical Pathology (CP3) Program

During the first 18 months of Clinical Pathology (CP3) Training Program the residents take the same core as the AP/CP4 residents. The remaining 18 months comprise additional rotations through one or more of the core laboratories, followed by concentrated training in one of the subspecialty areas of clinical pathology and/or research.

Research Track

Residents who choose to follow the Research Track of the Pathology Residency Program can do so as candidates for either AP or CP board certification (AP3 or CP3). Such individuals are usually physicians with a proven research record who also hold a Ph.D. After 24 months of rotations through either anatomic or clinical pathology, the Research Track resident spends two years working in the research laboratory of a faculty member in the Laboratory for Molecular Pathology.

The Pathology Department will fund these two years of research. Opportunities also exist for spending this time in the laboratory of an investigator who is not a member of the Pathology Department. In such case, the laboratory in which the resident has chosen to work must assume some portion of the funding.

The research track also applies to a resident who has received a grant from the Physician Scientist Training Program, in which case there is guaranteed funding for three years of research in any laboratory on campus.