Medical Student Opportunities

Pathology as a Career

This prize-winning YouTube video produced by UPMC Pathology Faculty describes the clinical, research and educational roles of the pathologist.



Autopsy Discovery Program

The Autopsy Discovery Program, spearheaded by current UPMC Pathology Resident Jennifer Yoest, allows medical students of all levels to participate in a mock medical autopsy with the UPMC Autopsy Director and UPMC Pathology residents. The goal of the program is for medical students to be able to experience pathology in practice and gain a better understanding of the process of the medical autopsy. Students will learn hands-on gross examination techniques used in medical autopsies with donor cadavers from the Humanity Gifts Registry. Samples taken by students during the procedure will then be reviewed on H&E stained slides with the Autopsy Director and the findings, along with gross and microscopic photographs and background information, will be presented in the form of a poster session in the spring. Posters will be judged by residents and fellows in the UPMC Department of Pathology and the winners will receive awards. Please view photos and contact Dr. Jeff Nine with questions.

Klionsky Summer Research Fellowship in Pathology

This fellowship is a competitive 8-week summer fellowship to perform basic, translational or diagnostic pathology research. An application is required. The student will receive a $3000 stipend. This fellowship is intended primarily for the summer between MS1/MS2 years but other students will be considered. Please view the fellowship flier application and contact Dr. Wendy M. Mars with questions.

Dean's Summer Research Program

Scholarly Project



Post-Sophomore Fellowship in Pathology

This is a competitive 1-year fellowship to perform basic, translational or diagnostic pathology research. An application is required. The student will receive a stipend and a book fund.


Pathology Electives in the Medical School Course Catalog


  • Anatomic Pathology - MSPTH 5420
  • Introduction to Autopsy Pathology - MSPTH 5425
  • Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology - MSPTH 5430
  • Hematopathology - MSPTH 5471
  • Independent Study in Pathology - MSPTH 5869
  • Laboratory Medicine - MSPTH 5485
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology - MSPTH 5487
  • Neuropathology - MSPTH 5460
  • Surgical and Perinatal Pathology - MSPTH 5441
  • The Nodular Thyroid - MSPTH 5427
  • Tumor Immunology - MSPTH 5863

The Robert E. Lee, M.D., Award for Excellence in Anatomic Pathology

This award is a competitive cash prize for the best performance by a medical student in an anatomic pathology elective. This award is presented on Senior Awards Day each May. Please contact Dr. Jeffrey S. Nine for details.