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.
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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).
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.
Listing of current residents, their programs and contact information.
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. Although the minimum current requirement for AP/CP Board certification is eighteen months of general anatomic pathology and clinical pathology (plus one additional year), our program traditionally provides training in blocks of one year, with the opportunity, usually, to switch between anatomic pathology and clinical pathology at the end of each academic year. 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. 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 offers training in anatomic pathology and the necessary training for residents in the combined AP/CP program.
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 four university-affiliated hospitals: Moffitt-Long Hospitals, The San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, The Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Mt. Zion Medical Center. In the first year, residents typically spend a total of 10 months in basic surgical pathology and autopsy pathology rotations (four months in a combined Moffitt-Long/Mt. Zion rotation and three months each at San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center and the VA Medical Center). The remaining two months are elective time, which can be used to gain additional focused experience in subspecialties such as cytology, dermatopathology, neuropathology, electron microscopy and renal pathology. Second-year residents serve as chief residents at San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center and the VA, and also rotate through the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office for Forensic Pathology, in addition to surgical and autopsy pathology rotations at Moffitt-Long and elective rotations. Elective rotations outside the department are available with the approval of the Residency Director. A structured didactic lecture series for residents is held three mornings a week to complement the exposure to clinical material gained from weekly slide conferences and clinical rotations. Residents are also encouraged to engage in clinical research projects during residency and present their findings at regional and national meetings.
Department of Laboratory Medicine
The Department of Laboratory Medicine offers a three-year training program in clinical pathology (CP) and provides CP training for the combined AP/CP program.
Residents rotate through the clinical laboratories of the UCSF-affiliated hospitals. These hospitals have diverse patient populations and provide a remarkably varied clinical experience for our training program. Each resident in either the Clinical Pathology program or the combined AP/CP program undergoes 24 months of structured rotations. Rotations are available in microbiology, hematology, transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics/molecular pathology/cytogenetics, bone marrow, and immunology. Four months out of the two years is devoted to elective time, and includes opportunites for electives at institutions other than UCSF. Residents also receive structured didactic training in clinical epidemiology, transfusion medicine, hematology, medical 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 insturctors in the laboratories in medical-student pathology courses, on-going laboratory technician continuing education courses, as well as in the pathology course offered in the School of Dentistry. 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 twice a year at the joint Pathology/Laboratory Medicine Mechanisms of Disease (MOD) Conference. A twice-monthly Grand Rounds conference features speakers from UCSF and around the world lecturing on topics of current interest in clinical interest in clinical pathology and basic research.