Residency Program

Programs Offered

A four year training program is offered in combined anatomic and clinical pathology, and three year programs in straight anatomic pathology (AP) or straight clinical pathology (CP). AP or CP may be combined with selected subspecialty fellowship areas to allow training adequate for Board certification in both areas in a 4 year training program. In depth training in anatomic pathology covers autopsy pathology, cytopathology and general plus subspecialty surgical pathology to include bone and soft tissue pathology, dermatopathology, forensic pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, genitourinary pathology, gynecologic and perinatal pathology, head and neck pathology, hematopathology, neuropathology, ophthalmic pathology, pediatric pathology, pulmonary pathology, renal pathology and electron microscopy, and transplant pathology. In depth training in clinical pathology covers blood banking, general and special chemistry, hemostasis, hematopathology and laboratory hematology, clinical immunology and tissue typing, clinical microbiology and virology, and transfusion medicine. All residents receive broad-based training in molecular diagnostics and cytogenetics, pathology informatics, and principles of laboratory management. A wide range of elective experiences are available including applied and basic research along with in-depth experiences in selected areas of general and subspecialty pathology. Additional supported research time in conjunction with residency training is arranged for interested residents. The Department offers formal fellowship training in at least a dozen subspecialty areas of pathology.

Types and Numbers of Appointments

Thirty-three accredited positions are available from the first to the fourth year. The vast majority of residents enter at the PGY-1 level; higher level resident positions are occasionally available.


The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC Health System), located adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, is the major medical center system serving central and western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. An outstanding volume and breadth of experience is obtained through training in 5 general and subspecialty hospitals with a total bed capacity of 2,046. UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, home of the largest solid organ transplant program in the world, is the major academic hospital and houses many subspecialty areas and research programs in the Department. UPMC Shadyside Hospital, adjacent to the NCI-funded comprehensive Hillman Cancer Center offers excellent exposure to the diversity of material and demands associated with a hospital combining academic medicine and premier community practice as well as outstanding subspecialty training in several areas. Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC offers an unparalleled experience in cytopathology, gynecologic and perinatal pathology. The Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh provide excellent exposure to geriatric and pediatric pathology. Over 100 faculty at these sites are members of the Department. UPMC has been judged among the 'best of the best' hospitals in American in U.S. News and World Report. The University and Medical Center as well as the Department rank among the top 10 sites for NIH-funded research with active programs in basic and transplant immunology, cardiovascular biology, neurosciences, cancer biology and genetics, gene therapy, and many other fields. Approximately 80,000 surgical specimens, 160,000 cytology specimens, 410 autopsies, and 7,000,000 clinical tests were evaluated in primary residency training sites during 2001.


Hailed repeatedly in surveys as one of America's most livable cities, Pittsburgh no longer produces steel but has transitioned into a center with a diverse service economy featuring a large number of major corporate headquarters. Western Pennsylvanians are gracious and friendly, even when cheering professional sports franchises in baseball, football and hockey or college teams. Among the most beautiful cities in the United States, Pittsburgh offers an interesting blend of rivers, bridges, skyscrapers, hills, tunnels, distinctive public buildings, and affordable and safe neighborhoods. Recreational opportunities lie close by including excellent skiing, hiking, fishing, camping, boating, kayaking, and white-water rafting; very few areas can boast as interesting or challenging a diversity of private and public golf courses. A rich array of cultural opportunities includes the Carnegie Museums and Library, vigorous theater programs, and the world-class Pittsburgh Symphony and Pops Orchestras.

Stipends and Benefits


See the List of Department faculty individually, or by Division affiliation.


Positions are offered to graduates of medical or osteopathic schools in the United States or Canada or international medical graduates with an ECFMG certificate holding permanent resident status or eligible for a J-1 visa in the USA. General application materials for the academic year 2010-2011 should be submitted through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications should be received by October 30th annually. Early application is strongly recommended. Interviews are by invitation in the fall or early winter and are mandatory.

Address inquiries to:

    Trish Zrimsek
    Academic Manager
    A711 Scaife Hall
    3550 Terrace Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15261

    Telephone: 412-802-6013
    Fax: 412-802-6079