The University of Florida Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine offers a residency program that provides instruction in all facets of anatomic and clinical pathology, with opportunities for research.
Seventeen residency positions are funded by UF Health Shands Hospital and the Malcom Randall Veterans Affars Medical Center. The program spans across four years of training to meet all requirements for anatomic and clinical pathology AP/CP board certification. In anatomic and clinical pathology, diverse and interesting case material is received from Shands and the MRVMC, where all medical specialties are represented. The majority of residents pursue training in both anatomic and clinical pathology, which permits them to take both the AP and CP certifying exams, orchestrated by the American Board of Pathology.
As residents advance, they are expected to take more responsibility for clinical services. This is achieved by placing residents in supervisory roles over more junior residents and giving them:
- The responsibility to review primary laboratory data and decisions on the workup of abnormal test results;
- Preliminary evaluations of frozen sections and surgical pathology specimens; and
- On-call decisions regarding various aspects of pathology (graduated responsibility).
While contemporary pathology disciplines are taught, we recognize that tomorrow’s pathologists will continually renew their knowledge through organized self-educational experiences. This process begins during residency training and continues throughout a pathologist’s career. Because of this, next-generation pathologists must be physician-scientists, capable of assimilating new information and translating that knowledge into improved clinical skills and research acumen.
Prior to sign-out, after their initial rotation(s) of observation and instruction, all residents are expected to study:
- Histologic slides;
- Gross specimens;
- Autopsy specimens; and/or
- Laboratory data for interpretation, analysis and diagnosis.
At sign-out, data is reviewed with the attending pathologist for final diagnosis or further workup as needed.
Advanced residents experience graduated responsibility by independently reviewing histologic slides and rendering their own diagnoses; the cases are then co-reviewed by the attending faculty member. These techniques effectively teach residents critical skills at the surgical bench; in the autopsy suite; at the microscope; and in the clinical laboratory, as an aggregated interactive, interpersonal pathology tutorial, providing a vigorous and rigorous educational experience.