Extremely important changes are occurring in the discipline of pathology as the result of blossoming molecular technology, which has provided exquisitely sensitive tools for the investigation of human disease. Our Department has a strong commitment to basic research in molecular and experimental pathology with a major focus on immunopathology and cancer biology.
A group of investigators, who collectively constitute the Molecular Pathology Core, provide the setting for residents who seek a career in academic pathology with a dedicated commitment to laboratory research. For those who choose this path, a program can be designed to meet research goals without compromising basic pathology training. This is usually accomplished through the AP3 or CP3 curriculum by adding one or two years of research training under the direction of a faculty mentor (research track).
Research is not limited to the wet bench laboratory. Most faculty members in the Department of Pathology are engaged in scholarly pursuits within the context of their clinical responsibilities. Although residents are not required to conduct research, we encourage residents to become involved in collaborative research projects that arise out of material from their own daily clinical experience. This exercise teaches the application of sound scientific thought and principles to the practice of diagnostic pathology.
Many of our residents present their research at regional, national, and even international meetings. These presentations are reprised for our Department at four resident and fellow research seminars each year. The Arthur G. Weinberg Resident Research Award is given annually to the resident submitting the most outstanding scholarly manuscript for publication.