Residency

Pathology ResidencyThe Department of Pathology at the University of Utah offers postgraduate training in anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP), in clinical pathology only (CP-only), or in anatomic pathology only (AP-only). The residency training program is approved by the Residency Review Committee of Pathology and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). All resident applicants for first year positions MUST apply through the ERAS system. 



We only accept applications through ERAS and for applicants registered for the NRMP Match. We look for candidates with excellent academic performance and who are passionate about a future career in pathology. Candidates for the pathology residency are selected on the basis of their academic credentials, research, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

We typically receive approximately 300 applications and interview 50 candidates for five positions each year (four AP/CP and one CP-only or AP-only). Interviews are usually conducted from October through the end of December. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2013.

Applicant Checklist

Your application is complete when we receive the following from ERAS:

  • ERAS common application form (CAF)
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript(s)
  • Medical student performance evaluation (dean’s letter)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE scores (for medical school students only)
  • COMLEX scores (for osteopathic medicine students only)
  • ECFMG certificate with clinical skills assessment certification (for international medical graduates only)
  • CV
  • Photograph

Criteria

All applicants are subject to the same criteria

  • USMLE/COMLEX scores above 80 (200) on the first attempt (Candidates successful only after repeated attempts are less likely to be considered.)
  • Graduation from medical school within the last four years
  • Have a minimum of six months of clinical or research experience in the United States in an academic affiliated hospital within the last two years, as evidenced by at least one letter of recommendation from a physician with whom they have worked (for international medical graduates only)
  • Visa, please refer to the University of Utah GME Office

The University of Utah School of Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran's status.

The curriculum is structured in such a way to give residents in all tracks maximum scheduling flexibility. In the AP/CP track, 10 months of the PGY-1 year and nine months of the PGY-2 year are predetermined. Residents are allowed to schedule their remaining months with required and elective rotations and research time. In the CP-only track, the PGY-1 year consists of core training in transfusion medicine, microbiology and infectious disease, clinical chemistry, and hematopathology, and CP-only residents are allowed to schedule their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years as they see fit to best integrate clinical and research elective months.

AP/CP Program Core/Required Rotations

Rotation Months
Anatomic Pathology (24 months)
Autopsy 5 months
Surgical Pathology 9 months
Cytopathology 3 months
Forensic Pathology 1 month
Pediatric Surgical Pathology 1 month
GI Pathology 3 months
Dermatopathology 1 month
Neuropathology 1 month
Clinical Pathology (17* months)
Coagulation/Transfusion Medicine 3 months
Chemistry 3 months
Hematopathology 3 months
Cytogenetics 1/2 month
Community Clinical Pathology 1/2 month
Flow Cytometry 1 month
Immunology 1 month
Infectious Diseases 2 months
Molecular Oncology 1 month
Molecular Pathology 1 month
Pediatric and University
Hospital Clinical Chemistry
1 month
*At least 1 month of elective time must be spent on a Clinical Pathology rotation (not research) to meet ABP board eligibility requirements for Clinical Pathology training

CP-Only Program Core/Required Rotations

Rotation Months
Clinical Pathology (24 months)
Coagulation/Transfusion Medicine 3 months
Hematopathology 3 months
Clinical Chemistry 4 months
Infectious Diseases 3 months
Community Clinical Pathology 2 months
Molecular Genetics 2 months
Molecular Oncology 1 month
Molecular Pathology 1 month
Flow Cytometry 1 month
Cytogenetics 1 month
H&I Lab 1 month
Pediatric Clinical Chemistry 1 month
Immunology 1 month

AP-Only Program Core/Required Rotations

Rotation Months
Anatomic Pathology (24 months)
Autopsy 5 months
Cytopathology 3 months
Dermatopathology 1 month
Forensic Pathology 1 month
GI Pathology 2 months
Hematopathology 2 months
Neuropathology 1 month
Pediatric Surgical Pathology 1 month
Renal Pathology 1 month
Surgical Pathology 7 months

Electives

Anatomic Pathology Clinical Pathology
Community Practice Clinical Chemistry
Cytopathology Clinical Informatics
Dermatopathology Coagulation
Forensic Pathology Community Practice
Frozen Section Pathology Cytogenetics
GI Pathology Flow Cytometry
Head and Neck Pathology H&I
Neuropathology Immunology
Pediatric Surgical Pathology Infectious Diseases
Renal Pathology Molecular Genetics
Research Molecular Oncology
Sarcoma Pathology Research
Surgical Pathology Toxicology/Pharmacogenomics
Lymph Node Pathology Transfusion

University of Utah Paid Benefits

The following stipend schedule has been approved for the house staff year 2014–2015:

Level of Training  Stipend  

 PGY-1    $52,055 

 PGY-2    $53,914 

 PGY-3    $55,990 

 PGY-4    $58,663 

 PGY-5    $60,608 

 PGY-6    $62,794 

 PGY-7    $64,417 

Additional benefits include the following:

  • Three weeks (15 working days) of vacation; pathology residents may carry over up to five days to the following year.
  • Choice of health insurance plans, including hospitalization coverage; premium costs are shared between the hospital and the house officer for health coverage for the house officer and family.
  • Group dental insurance for house officer and family at a nominal charge per month
  • Group term life insurance up to the salary amount but not to exceed $25,000 at no charge ; additional life insurance may be purchased by the house officer.
  • Disability insurance for specialty-specific occupation with benefit equal to approximately 66.6 percent of monthly earnings up to $3,000/month (less benefits from other sources) and built-in cost-of-living rider; basic policy paid by the hospital. Additional individual coverage may be purchased by the house officer.
  • Malpractice insurance is provided by the hospital for professional activities that are an approved part of the training program.
  • Other benefits, such as reduced tuition, a generous book and travel fund, bookstore discount, and others as offered to all university employees.

A listing of all of the facilities that pathology residents are required to rotate through.
Department offices, facilities and full-time faculty are located in the University Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Mark’s Hospital, Intermountain Medical Center, Primary Children’s Hospital, State Medical Examiner’s Office, and ARUP Laboratories, Inc. With a combined bed capacity of 1,380, these institutions generate approximately 200 autopsies, 94,700 surgicals, and 15 million clinical laboratory procedures each year.
Click here for a map showing the training sites on the University of Utah campus.

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER / HUNTSMAN CANCER HOSPITAL/HUNTSMAN CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE


Situated in the foothills above Salt Lake City, the University Hospital provides tertiary medical services for Utah and the geographically vast Intermountain West, which includes portions of Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. The Huntsman Cancer Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Research Institute provide inpatient and outpatient care for all types of adult cancers, as well as genetics-focused cancer research. The autopsy, transfusion service and clinical laboratory divisions are located at the University Hospital. The surgical pathology division, including a state of the art gross room, is located at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. Also at the University Hospital is the resident’s room with a library, computer terminals, study areas and microscopes.

ARUP LABORATORIES, INC.


ARUP Laboratories is a unique non-profit, laboratory owned and operated by the Department of Pathology. ARUP provides all laboratory and Cytology services for the University Health Sciences Center and functions as a leading full service reference laboratory providing esoteric reference testing for clients in all 50 states. Except for the hospital-based laboratory and blood bank/apheresis unit, the laboratory is located in a 290,000 square foot facility in the University’s Research Park, a short distance from the Health Sciences Center. Residents rotate through ARUP for major portions of their clinical training and are thus exposed to the full spectrum of routine and esoteric laboratory testing, as well as new test development, sales and marketing, and lab management. Laboratory Medical Directors are full-time faculty of the University of Utah.

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER (VAMC)


Located approximately one-half mile from University Health Sciences Center, the Salt Lake VAMC is one of nine regional referral centers for the Veterans Administration health system, drawing patients from five states. The diverse patient population has an extremely high acuity of illness, and provides a wide range of clinical cases for pathology training. The Pathology Department is located in new quarters adjacent to the laboratory operations. Pathology residents rotate through the autopsy service during their first year of training. All Pathology faculty are members of the University of Utah faculty.

INTERMOUNTAIN MEDICAL CENTER


As the flagship hospital of Intermountain Health Care, Intermountain Medical Center is the largest tertiary care hospital in the Salt Lake area, and sees the highest volume of surgical specimens. The experienced and enthusiastic faculty are closely affiliated with the University, providing upper-level residents with excellent elective training in surgical pathology, cardiac transplant pathology, dermatopathology, and electron microscopy.

PRIMARY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL (PCH)


Located on the campus of the University of Utah and connected to University Hospital by a land bridge, PCH is the only children’s hospital between Denver and the West Coast and serves as the clinical base for the Department of Pediatrics and pediatric subspecialists in other departments, as well as the regional referral center for pediatric medical and surgical problems, including perinatal and pediatric pathology. The pathologists based at PCH hold the ABP special qualification in Pediatric Pathology and are full-time faculty of the University of Utah. Residents receive training in pediatric anatomic and clinical pathology at PCH. Residents rotate through the autopsy service during their first year, and through surgical pathology and clinical pathology in subsequent years.

UTAH STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER


Also located on the University Health Science Center campus, the State Medical Examiner’s Office provides training in forensic pathology. Residents rotate at the ME Office for their required forensic pathology rotation where they perform forensic autopsies and are exposed to a large variety of medical/legal cases.

Brief Overview Of Resident Morning Conference

The pathology residents have required morning conference every day from 8:00 to 9:00 am.

Schedule

Monday

The pathology resident on the ARUP Clinical Chemistry rotation, along with the clinical chemistry fellows, present clinical pathology conference on Mondays. Clinical pathology staff from ARUP Laboratories, University Hospital, and Primary Children’s Hospital attend.

Dr. Sterling Bennett from Intermountain Medical Center gives a series of coagulation lectures roughly every sixth Monday.

Tuesday

Faculty in the pediatric pathology division of the pathology department give pediatric pathology conference the first Tuesday of the month.

Faculty in the infectious diseases division of the pathology department give infectious disease conference the second Tuesday of the month every other month, alternating with hematopathology conference.

Faculty in the hematopathology division of the pathology department give hematopathology conference the second Tuesday of the month every other month, alternating with infectious diseases conference.

Dr. Fred Clayton oversees autopsy conference the third Tuesday of the month every other month alternating with gross conference. The pathology residents on the autopsy rotation present.

Dr. Dan Albertson oversees gross pathology conference the third Tuesday of the month every other month, alternating with autopsy conference.

Dr. Rob Blaylock oversees transfusion conference the fourth Tuesday of the month. The pathology resident on the transfusion rotation presents.

Wednesday

Surgical pathology unknown conference is on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  Faculty in anatomic pathology attend.

Dr. Ben Witt gives cytopathology conference the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Thursday

Rosai slide series conference is held most Thursdays. This conference is given by a pathologist who has a corresponding expertise in the topic being covered. This conference follows the Rosai reading schedule, and it takes two years to complete the schedule.

Friday

Resident cases of the week conference is held most Fridays. Residents on AP rotations present interesting cases. Faculty in anatomic pathology attend.

Current Schedules

View the current resident conference calendar.

View tumor board schedule.

Frequently asked questions about the Pathology Residency Program at the University of Utah

Is the residency program accredited by the ACGME?

Yes, we are fully accredited by the ACGME for a total of 20 residents. The program was established in 1960 and has a long stable history of training outstanding residents in both anatomic and clinical pathology. 

How many positions are there in your program?

We accept four in the AP/CP track and one in either an AP-only or CP-only track each year.

Do you have a cut off for USMLE Step 1 and 2 scores?

You must have passed the USMLE 1 and 2 CK examinations with a score of at least 200 (candidates successful only after repeated attempts are less likely to be considered). Candidates who match with the University of Utah residency program must successfully pass Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS before they begin their residencies.

Do you consider year of graduation from medical school?

We require applicants to have graduated from medical school within the last four years.

How many international medical graduates (IMGs) are there in your program?

We currently have four IMGs in the residency program.

Do you sponsor visas?

Questions regarding visas can be answered by the Office of Graduate Medical Education at phone (801) 581-2401 or email

When do you start reviewing applications? When will I be notified if I am selected for an interview?

We only accept applications through ERAS and for applicants registered for the NRMP match. Once an application is complete it is reviewed by the residency program director and a decision is made whether or not to invite the candidate for an interview. The program coordinator then invites the candidate via email. We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified candidates but we are only able to interview a small number.

Can I contact the program office to inquire on the status of my application?

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program coordinator regarding application status, interview scheduling, and any other questions. 

What should I expect on my interview day?

We strive to make your interview day as informative as possible. The program interviews one to two candidates per day from October 1 through December 31. When you are invited to interview you will be asked to give three acceptable interview dates and to work with the program coordinator to finalize a date. The interview day typically starts at 7:30 am and ends around 3:00 pm. Candidates can expect to have one-on-one interviews with representative faculty members from the anatomic pathology and clinical pathology divisions, the department chair, the assistant program director and the program director; breakfast and lunch with several current residents; and tours of the residents' room and training facilities. The program pays for a one night stay at the University Guest House on the University of Utah Campus. The most convenient and economical way to get to and from the airport is Express Shuttle

How many months of electives do residents get?

Residents in the AP/CP combined program have four months of electives, and residents in the CP-only or AP-only programs have 12 months of electives.

What research opportunities do residents have?

Many research opportunities are available covering a wide range of areas from basic science to preclinical to clinical research. Though not required, all residents are encouraged to pursue research projects as part of their training. Trainees with an interest in research will find enthusiastic support from the faculty, including help in identifying research mentors. Residents may also choose to do research elective rotations, allowing them to have an extensive research experience in more diverse areas of research. Current CP-only residents are incorporating intensive research training during extended elective rotations into their curriculum. Find more information on research opportunities.

Are there opportunities to do away rotations?

Yes. Residents may request from the program director to do an away rotation. In the past residents have done rotations at UCSF (dermatopathology), Massachusetts General Hospital (gynecologic pathology) and Stanford University (hematopathology). Residents who wish to do an away rotation may apply to the program director to have their housing expenses paid for by the department. Also, residents who choose to do an away rotation within Utah may apply to have their food and lodging paid for by the Utah Medical Education Council.

Do residents receive money for books or travel?

Yes. Books for incoming residents are paid for by the department (approximately $1000 worth of books). Residents in their PGY-2 year and beyond receive $500 per year towards books. Each year residents receive $500 for travel expenses to be used towards attending educational conferences.  In addition, residents who present research or who are a delegate to a national organization receive funds from the department to cover the costs of airfare, hotel, conference registration, and per diem to attend some conferences. Money for books and travel are in the same fund, and residents may use the money for either books or travel.

How many cases do the residents participate in?

The following totals are from the 2013–2014 academic year and include all training facilities:

Autopsies 200

FNA's 1250

GYN + non-GYN cytology 13,100

Surgicals 94,700

Bone marrows 862

Clinical laboratory tests 15 million


Call

There are two services covered by pathology residents, and there is always one pathology resident on each of these services. Residents are assigned to two or three day blocks of call (Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Friday through Sunday). If a holiday falls on a Monday then this is included in the weekend on-call block (Friday through Monday). Residents are not scheduled on consecutive blocks, and residents do not cover both call services at the same time. 

AP (anatomic pathology) call is from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am Monday through Friday and 24 hours a day on holidays and weekends. AP call primarily includes grossing in specimens on the weekend at Huntsman Cancer Hospital (HCH) and Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH), and performing frozen sections for University Hospital (UH), HCH, and PCH. Residents are required to be at the UH/HCH from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on weekdays and to come in on Saturday at 8:00 am and once on Sunday to check the refrigerators at UH, HCH, and PCH for specimens from the OR. Other than the times stated, the resident on AP call is on at-home call. A resident typically receives three to four calls on a weeknight of AP call. There is always a faculty member on call in each of the following divisions: anatomic pathology, PCH, VAMC, cytopathology, and hematopathology for the resident on AP call to consult. Residents take fewer AP calls as they advance in the program. 

CP (clinical pathology) call is 5:00 pm to 8:00 am Monday through Friday and 24 hours a day on holidays and weekends and primarily includes answering clinical pathology questions for ARUP laboratories’ staff and clients and handling transfusion and blood banking questions for UH, HCH and PCH. Residents on CP call receive an average of three to four calls on weekdays. CP call is at-home call, and residents only rarely have to come into the University Hospital as most calls can be handled over the phone. There is always a faculty member on call in each of the following divisions: clinical pathology, PCH, blood bank, and hematopathology. Residents take fewer CP calls as they advance in the program. 

Residents on the infectious disease rotation take one week of 24/7 call per month of the rotation. This is at-home call.

What is the conference schedule?

Residents have required morning conference from 8:00 to 9:00 am every day. Find more information on the Conferences tab.

Cheryl Ann Palmer, MD
Director of Residency Training
Email: cheryl.palmer [at] path.utah.edu

Amy L. Motta
Residency Program Coordinator
Email: amy.motta {at} aruplab.com

Lisa Peterson
Residency Application Questions
Email: lisa.peterson {{at}} path.utah.edu