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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 Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System  - Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses. Fully accredited fellowship training also is available in 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 and the corresponding Pathology Milestones.

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/parasitology, microbiology, cytogenetics, laboratory management and interpretive analysis of laboratory test results. Elective rotations offering opportunity for more in-depth training and/or clinical or basic research are available.

Trainees are required to conduct clinical or basic science research and contribute to the scientific literature. Resident participation in regional and national pathology meetings is financially supported for the presentation of original scholarship. The diverse array of clinical material is ideal for case studies and 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 24 pathology residents and fellows. Residents may choose a combined 4-year AP/CP, 3-year AP only or 3-year CP only program.

Our facilities include approximately 2,000 beds at the four 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 Brooklyn Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City. Investigators in the department maintain research laboratories in the Basic Sciences Building of the College of Medicine as well as at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System. The on-campus 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 2017-2018, PGY-1 residents will receive a stipend of approximately $60,000.  Residents are provided with professional liability, medical care and hospitalization insurance, dental insurance, meals, books, funding to present original scholarship at regional and national meetings and four weeks each of vacation annually.