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Application Information

All applications to UCSF Pathology training program are accepted only through the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).


Information about rotations in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology.

Affiliated Hospitals

Information about our affiliated hospitals.

Salary & Benefits

Base salaries for residents and fellows are set by the University of California according to Post-Graduate Year (PGY) level. Visit this page for information about this and other resident benefits.

UCSF Pathology & Lab Medicine Physician-Scientist Pathway

Our joint residency program invites highly accomplished entering residents who are committed to a career in basic biomedical research to apply in the Physician-Scientist Pathway (PSP).

Other Research Opportunities

Residents typically have opportunities to participate in clinical and translational research projects during training, often based on or including clinical cases encountered in their rotations.

Current Residents

Listing of current residents, their programs and contact information.

Pathology Residents' Saunders Courtyard

Training is offered in anatomic pathology (AP), clinical pathology (CP), combined AP/CP, and combined AP/NP (anatomic pathology and neuropathology).

Training is provided through a combination of clinical activities, didactic lectures, and teaching conferences.

Residents in the combined training program receive two years of training in anatomic pathology and two years of training in clinical pathology. Our program traditionally provides training in blocks of one year, allowing for varied training tracks. Our goal is to provide basic training in the practice of pathology with opportunities for subspecialty training and in-depth research for those who intend to pursue an academic career as well as for those with a goal of entering community practice. Elective rotation time in each year can be used for training in either anatomic or clinical pathology.

Please consult the listings below for additional specific information.

Department of Pathology

The Department of Pathology provides the UCSF-affiliated hospitals with diagnostic services in general surgical pathology and autopsy pathology, as well as in a variety of subspecialty areas, including cytopathology, hematopathology, dermatopathology, neuropathology, cardiac pathology, transplant pathology, gastrointestinal and liver pathology, renal pathology, and obstetric-gynecologic pathology. The diverse backgrounds and research interests of the faculty have led to many extramural awards, including funded projects in cancer biology, liver disease, immunology, molecular-cell biology, hematopathology, microbiology, biochemistry, parasitology and tropical medicine. It is this eclectic mix that forms the basis of the expert patient-care and research training offered by the Department of Pathology.

Residents in Anatomic Pathology rotate through the five university-affiliated hospitals: Moffitt-Long Hospitals, Mission Bay Hospital, The Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, The Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Mt. Zion Medical Center. In the first year, residents typically spend a majority of the year in basic surgical pathology and autopsy pathology rotations. Currently, our AP trainees have one month of elective time per year, which can be used to gain additional focused experience in subspecialties such as cytology, dermatopathology, neuropathology, electron microscopy and renal pathology. Second-year residents have a variety of surgical pathology, cytology, dermatopathology, and molecular pathology rotations. Additionally, they serve as chief residents at ZSFG and SFVAMC, . A structured didactic lecture series for residents is held three times a week to complement the exposure to clinical material gained from weekly slide conferences and clinical rotations. Residents also have numerous opportunities to engage in clinical research projects during residency and present their findings at regional and national meetings.

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Department of Laboratory Medicine

In the Department of Laboratory Medicine, residents also rotate through the clinical laboratories of UCSF, The Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, and The Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These hospitals have diverse patient populations and provide a remarkably varied clinical experience for our training program. Rotations are available in microbiology, hematology/hematopathology, transfusion medicine, cellular therapy, clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics /cytogenetics, laboratory management, and immunology. Five months out of the two years is devoted to elective time and includes opportunites and forelectives at institutions other than UCSF. Residents also receive structured didactic training in clinical epidemiology, transfusion medicine, hematology, informatics, immunology, clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, microbiology and laboratory management.

Clinical responsibilities of residents include an “on call” system for clinical consultation on test indications, interfering factors and test interpretation, familiarization with analytical methodology and quality control, and teaching of medical students and technologists.

Teaching opportunities are also available to residents during their training. Housestaff assist the instructors in the laboratories in medical-student pathology courses, medical student small groups, and on-going laboratory technician continuing education courses. Residents also present interesting autopsy and surgical pathology cases at a variety of intra- and inter-departmental conferences. All residents present cases and recent research findings on subjects of their choice once a year at the Department of Pathology Grand Rounds Conference.

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