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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Residency

ACGME number: 300-35-11-253
NRMP number: 1492300C0

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center offers a flexible four-year residency training program leading to board certification in anatomic pathology, laboratory medicine, or combined anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine. There are 22 pathology residency positions. In addition to basic educational core rotations, the curriculum is tailored to each resident's career goals to prepare them for an academic career in pathology, the subspecialty practice of pathology, or the practice of modern general pathology in the community. Furthermore, a training program in anatomic pathology or laboratory medicine and experimental pathology is available for residents who desire a career in scientific investigation and who have significant experience in basic science research prior to residency.

Faculty: Residents train in a collegial environment in a world-renowned academic medical center located on the Upper East Side of New York City. They are exposed to a faculty of extraordinary depth and expertise and a large volume of complex cases. The faculty members are among the best in the country, including several "Best Doctors," authors of numerous leading textbooks used widely in the field, and holders of leadership positions in multiple professional organizations. A mentoring program has been implemented, which provides first-year residents with enhanced one-on-one guidance.

Anatomic Pathology: The core program in anatomic pathology consists of training in pediatric and adult autopsy pathology, pediatric and adult general surgical pathology, cytopathology, dermatopathology, hematopathology, neuropathology, and forensics. Rotations in renal pathology, molecular hematopathology, and informatics are also offered as electives. Other electives specifically geared toward graduated resident responsibilities include AP senior, Junior Attending, and Surgical Subspecialty Selective. Elective time for research is also available and is actively encouraged. Within general surgical pathology, there is subspecialty sign-out in breast pathology, genitourinary pathology, gynecologic/perinatal pathology, cardiopulmonary pathology, and gastrointestinal/liver pathology.

Laboratory Medicine: The core training program in laboratory medicine consists of rotations in biochemistry, coagulation, cytogenetics, hematology, microbiology, serology, transfusion medicine, molecular pathology, and virology.

Anatomic Pathology or Laboratory Medicine/Experimental Pathology: Trainees complete the core training program in anatomic pathology or laboratory medicine in two years and spend the subsequent two years in full-time laboratory research. The research may be performed within the department or with an appropriate preceptor within other departments of Weill Cornell Medical College or nearby Rockefeller University or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. These unrivaled research opportunities, combined with excellent financial support for the trainees, make the experimental pathology training program one of the most attractive in the United States.

Research Opportunities: All residents are encouraged to participate in the research programs of the department and to present the results of their investigations at appropriate national meetings. The residents participate in numerous teaching conferences related to anatomic pathology, laboratory medicine, and clinical and basic science research. In addition, each resident engages in student teaching in the pathology courses of the Weill Cornell Medical College. Residents routinely present their research findings at prestigious national meetings such as at the annual meeting of the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) and the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS).

Residency Training Program Leadership: The pathology residency training program at Weill Cornell is a high priority, as evidenced by a robust infrastructure which allows for regular assessment and change when necessary to maintain continued excellence. The program is directed by Sandra J. Shin, MD, a long-time faculty member and advocate of resident education. She and members of the leadership committee — which consists of two anatomic pathology faculty members, two laboratory medicine faculty members, the chief and assistant chief residents, and the program coordinator — meet regularly to oversee the day-to-day workings of the program. In addition, one dedicated faculty member from anatomic pathology and another from laboratory medicine oversee and develop the resident didactic lecture series each academic year, and meet with the residency leadership on an ad hoc basis.

Facilities: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is the major clinical affiliate and teaching hospital of Weill Cornell Medical College. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, an 824-bed facility, is centrally located in a collaborative medical community that includes the Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and The Rockefeller University.

Community: Weill Cornell is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood along the East River in Manhattan, within walking distance of Central Park and the midtown entertainment and shopping areas. Attractions include major museums, concert halls, theaters, and an opera house, all of which are easily accessible. There are numerous social events for residents, such as an annual holiday party at a private club.

Stipends, Housing and Benefits: In 2013-2014, first-year residents received $57,104 per year; second-year residents, $60,084. Housing is available for single and married house staff in apartments adjacent to the medical center maintained by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. All residents are covered under the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital benefits program, which includes professional liability insurance, hospitalization, and uniforms.

Applications: Candidates must apply to the program via the AAMC (Association of American Colleges) ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System) website. Candidates must be graduates of approved medical schools in the United States or Canada; foreign medical graduates must possess a valid ECFMG (Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate and valid visa. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital sponsors only J1 visas.

July 1 is the start date for residency training. U.S. graduates should contact their Deans' Offices to apply via ERAS. International medical graduates should contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Office to utilize ERAS.

Required ERAS Documents:

  • ERAS application with photograph
  • Curriculum vitae and personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Medical school diploma (for those already graduated)
  • Transcript copy
  • Dean's letter
  • USMLE Transcripts (Two-digit minimum score of 85)
  • ECFMG Status Report (if applicable)
  • Copy of J1 visa or work authorization (if applicable)


The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Residency Leadership Committee will extend invitations to selected candidates for interviews during the months of November, December, and January.


Please address any inquires to:

Donna M. Galvin
Residency Coordinator
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 E. 68th Street, Room C302
New York, NY 10065
Tel+ 212-746-7365
E-mail: dmgalvin@med.cornell.edu

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