Dr. Sarode Teaching

Training Tracks

The Department of Pathology Residency Program offers multiple, flexible training tracks.

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 
Anatomic Pathology (AP3) Program 
Clinical Pathology (CP3) Program 
Research Track 

Training Features

  • A large, diverse faculty, all specialists representing each of the major pathology disciplines
  • Almost all diagnostic activities at UT Southwestern are under the control of our Department, which allows us to offer comprehensive, in-depth training in all of the various pathology disciplines as well as a complete array of subspecialty fellowship programs
  • We offer a strong academic environment with access to state-of-the-art and newly emerging diagnostic technologies, which is essential to the preparation of any pathologist for professional life in the 21st century
  • Basic training in our Residency Program is enhanced by extensive exposure to modern molecular diagnostics, advanced flow cytometric analysis, and molecular cytogenetics

Residents as Teachers

Trainees Teaching

Regardless of career track, the pathologist will always be a teacher. Our Residency Training Program provides teaching experience through several mechanisms. Residents beyond the first year serve as laboratory instructors in the pathology course at UT Southwestern Medical School. The residents lead the students in small group case discussions, functioning as junior faculty. The residents also gain teaching experience through the many conferences in which they actively participate.

Residents participate in informal teaching of other residents and medical students on a continuing basis. The core rotations in Autopsy, Surgical Pathology, Transfusion Medicine, and Hematopathology mix novice residents with more experienced residents who can provide instruction and support to their junior colleagues. Medical students on second-, third- and fourth-year electives in Pathology are also paired with residents for instruction in daily activities.

On multiple occasions during the academic year, each resident presents a brief case presentation and literature review for the Anatomic or Clinical Case Presentation Conference Series. At least once, each resident makes a major formal presentation of a topic of his/her choice to fellow residents and members of the faculty. This Update in Pathophysiology conference provides the opportunity for the resident to learn and share new important information with colleagues and to gain valuable experience in conference preparation and presentation. The topic is usually based upon a case encountered by the resident during the course of their daily work with emphasis on the underlying pathophysiology/molecular biology of the disease, although research-track residents can use this forum to present their research.

Each subspecialty clinical service provides a variety of teaching conferences and clinicopathologic correlation conferences as part of the rotation through that particular service. Journal clubs complement the teaching on many services. In addition to these smaller conferences, there are major University and Department-sponsored conferences that all residents are encouraged to attend.

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