General Program Features

Our curriculum is designed to provide complete training in all major areas of anatomic and clinical pathology, while remaining flexible enough to accommodate diverse career goals in private practice, academic or other settings.

  • Integrated AP/CP program that provides a balanced and mixed AP & CP experience in each year of residency training.
  • Comprehensive didactic lectures, that includes an 8:00-9:00 AM lecture slot during which residents take no calls or perform service obligations.
  • Balanced call schedule between junior and senior residents.
  • Opportunities for research with departmental support to present data at national meetings as well as an annual cash award presented to the resident with the most substantial publication.
  • Teaching experience including lectures to pharmacy and physician assistant students, and laboratory and small group formats for medical students.
  • Monthly departmental journal club with lunch in addition to monthly hematopathology, cytology and research journal clubs.
  • UNMC's Eppley Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center of which a number of our clinicians and researchers are actively involved.
  • Hematopathology, surgical pathology and microbiology fellowships.

 

Anatomic Pathology

  • General (rather than sub-specialty) sign-out during surgical pathology rotations so residents see a variety of cases from all organ systems continuously while on service.
  • Three or four day cycle in surgical pathology that ensures residents are able to preview, dictate, order special stains and molecular tests, and see the outcome for almost every case.
  • Gross room technical staff includes two certified pathology assistants that are incorporated into the workflow to ensure a balance between education and clinical duties for the residents.
  • Unknown slide conferences, organized study sets and review of the interesting cases for all residents help maintain surgical pathology skills, even when the resident is not on the surgical pathology service.
  • Strong mix of neoplastic and non-neoplastic cases, with all organ systems well represented.
  • Preparation of pathologic material for presentation at interdisciplinary conferences (tumor boards) with radiologists, surgeons, and oncologists.
  • Specialized procedures:
    • Bone marrow biopsy training
    • Fine needle aspiration training
  • Average of 40 hospital-based and 40 forensic autopsies during the four year training period.

 

Clinical Pathology

  • Molecular pathology
    • Full menu of in house molecular tests that encompasses genetic, neoplastic and infectious cases.
  • Microbiology
    • Wide variety of microbiology material including onsite Mycobacteriology and Mycology laboratories.
    • Twice weekly plate rounds and clinical rounds with the clinical infectious disease team.
    • Monthly city-wide infectious disease conference.
    • Emphasis on molecular diagnostics.
  • Blood bank/transfusion medicine
    • Didactic sessions covering all board-relevant topics.
    • Blood utilization.
    • Molecular immunohematology.
    • Therapeutic apheresis including evaluation and management of patients undergoing plasma exchange, photopheresis, LDLapheresis, red blood cell exchange, and cytapheresis.
    • Rotation  at the American Red Cross with exposure to blood collection and manufacture, blood donor issues and reference laboratory techniques.
    • Workup of transfusion reactions.
    • Hands on laboratory experience.
  • Monthly coagulation case conference.
  • Chemistry
    • Daily protein electrophoresis signout.
    • Weekly hemoglobin electrophoresis signout.
    • Workup of all clinical consultations.
    • Involvement in laboratory management topics, including quality assurance.
  • Hematopathology
    • Onsite flow cytometry laboratory.
    • Onsite molecular, cytogenetic and FISH laboratories.
    • Large volume of in-house and consult material.
    • Separate rotations on wet hematology, bone marrows, lymph nodes and flow cytometry.

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