Opportunities for Teaching and Research

  • Resident Teaching Program: During specified rotations, pathology residents assist in instructing second-year medical students for pathology laboratory training in general and systemic pathology. Concurrently, residents will attend lectures given in the medical school course pertinent to the laboratories they will supervise. Multimedia resources include interactive software.
  • Resident Instruction of Junior Pathology Residents and Residents from Other Services: Senior residents are expected to participate in training junior residents and residents from other services by example (e.g., gross dissection), instruction (e.g., at the microscope) and the provision of teaching conferences. This is intrinsic to the role of the pathologist as an educator, which is important to the resident’s career development for private practice or academics.
  • Resident Research Opportunities: By its nature, pathology is both a basic and clinical science, and it  contributes many technical and diagnostic advances to medicine through the application of basic science to clinical problems. Residents may elect to use some or all of their elective time in pursuit of research, which may cover a wide range of fundamental and clinical studies relating to the etiology, pathogenesis, prevention, treatment and cure of disease. All residents are strongly encouraged to participate in this activity and urged to submit their research findings for presentation at national meetings.
The Department has major research programs in:
  • Autoimmune diabetes;
  • Genetics of autoimmune diseases (type I diabetes and SLE);
  • Liver;
  • Stem-cell biology;
  • Transplantation;
  • Basic immunology;
  • Leukemia and lymphoma flow cytometry;
  • Solid tumor flow cytometry and DNA ploidy;
  • Image analysis; and
  • Urolithiasis.
Graduate degrees are offered by the Department at the doctorate level. As part of the state-supported Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, the Department operates the institutional Monoclonal Antibody Core Laboratory and Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory.

Funding of Research Projects

Funds for resident research may come from:

  1. Faculty research grants,
  2. Extramural sources that support resident research; and
  3. The Department’s Research Program.

The Director of the Residency Training Program and the resident’s faculty research sponsor will assist residents in finding funding from one of these sources.

  • Department of Pathology Research Fund: The Department provides research starter funds available to faculty and residents. These mini-grants can total as much as $2,000 per project, per year. These funds can be used by residents to develop anatomic or clinical pathology research studies.

Annual Resident Research Symposium

The Department offers an annual Resident Research Day, where a visiting professor is invited to present unusual, interesting and instructive cases to the residents preceding the research presentations. Additionally, the visiting professor presents a seminar to the faculty and residents as part of the Program. The Symposium culminates with a dinner, attended by faculty members, residents and alumni, celebrating the achievements of our residents and fellow from the previous year.