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RESIDENCY OVERVIEW


 

Our fully accredited program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology based at Downstate Medical Center, the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, offers an outstanding training experience. Trainees are exposed to an exciting mix of case material in our three teaching affiliates: University Hospital of Brooklyn, Kings County Hospital Center, and the New York Harbor Healthcare System (mainly at the Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Medical Center). Fully accredited fellowship training also is available in Neuropathology and Dermatopathology.

The main objective of our program is to train physicians to be competent practitioners of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in a variety of settings, e.g., academic medical centers, community hospitals, and referral laboratories. Residents are expected to develop knowledge, skills, and aptitudes consistent with the six ACGME General Competencies.

Our faculty has broad-based and nationally recognized expertise in all major areas of pathology. They oversee a comprehensive didactic program that includes case and special topic presentations, lectures, textbook review, unknown slide conferences, and journal clubs. Anatomic Pathology rotations include training in autopsy pathology, surgical pathology, renal pathology, dermatopathology, forensic pathology, neuropathology, cytopathology (including Fine Needle Aspiration), pediatric pathology, and electron microscopy. Clinical pathology includes training in transfusion medicine, molecular pathology, clinical chemistry, hematopathology, immunology, microbiology and laboratory management. Elective rotations offering opportunity for more in-depth training and/or clinical or basic research are available.

Trainees are encouraged to conduct clinical or basic science research, present their work at national and regional meetings, and contribute to the scientific literature. The diverse array of clinical material is ideal for clinical research. In addition, residents may work in basic science laboratories; investigators within the department have active research programs in infrared spectroscopic imaging and diffuse optical tomography; memory, learning and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease; cancer-related peptides and therapeutics, and immunologic aspects of asthma and HIV infection.

Types and Numbers of Appointments
The program has positions for 23 pathology residents and fellows. Residents may choose a combined 4-year AP/CP, 3-year AP only or 3-year CP only program. Information about the AP/NP residency training and Neuropathology fellowships also are available at the neuropathology fellowship page.

Facilities
Our facilities include approximately 1,403 beds at the three hospitals. The laboratories are staffed by faculty members of the Department of Pathology of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The clinical material reflects the diversity of our hospital communities. Both forensic and medical autopsies are performed at the modern facility of the Brooklyn Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City on our campus. Investigators in the department maintain research laboratories in the Basic Sciences Building of the College of Medicine as well as at the New York Harbor Healthcare System (mainly at the Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Medical Center). The Medical Research Library of Brooklyn is one of the largest medical libraries in the United States and features extensive computer facilities.

Stipends and Benefits
In 2012-2013, PGY-1 residents receive a stipend of approximately $55,677 - $55,858. Residents are provided with professional liability, medical care and hospitalization insurance, dental insurance, and four weeks of vacation.