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All trainees will successfully satisfy both the ACGME and American Board of Pathology requirements for training in pathology.  Trainees are required to participate in clinical and/or basic pathology related research, which may include presentations at national meetings.  Department-sponsored funds are available to cover the cost of resident projects and up to $1500 annually for travel to present research at a national meeting.


Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Our four year program includes training in Autopsy Pathology, Pediatric Pathology, Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Dermatopathology, Forensic Pathology, Neuropathology, Renal Pathology, Cytogenetics, Chemical pathology, Hematopathology, Microbiology, Molecular Pathology, and Transfusion Medicine.

Sample AP/CP Curriculum



Electives may be taken at any point after the first year and generally will not exceed a total of four months.  However, up to six months of dedicated elective time for research is possible with the prior approval of a written research plan. 

Elective training is intended to provide the opportunity to develop special expertise in pathology prior to graduation and, with prior approval, may include up to four weeks spent in training sites outside of Downstate and its primary affiliates.


Anatomic or Clinical Pathology Only

Three year training is offered to select candidates which includes completion of the corresponding anatomic or clinical pathology core requirements as well as advanced rotations. Up to six months of protected time for approved pathology research is also possible.