The Department’s Residency Training Program in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is among the preeminent programs nationwide, standing out as a leading fully integrated program with balanced strengths in all main arenas of modern academic pathology – Anatomic Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology, and Experimental Pathology.

The University of Pennsylvania Pathology Residency Program is academically rigorous and is considered one of the top training programs in the nation, particularly for those interested in an academic career focused in Transfusion Medicine, Neuropathology, Cytopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Forensic Pathology, or Hematopathology.

These strengths – along with our newly created Center for Personalized Diagnostics focusing on molecular and genomic pathology, the expansion of our clinical services and research in Apheresis and Cellular Therapeutics, the Penn-developed personalized cancer immunotherapy and our recently developed innovative Leadership Program – provide our residents and academic environment with state-of-the-art clinical, scientific and translational research activities.

Add to all of this the accessibility of a top-ranked University with a well-established history of collaborative interactions among Penn Departments and Schools, a wealth of educational programs (including Masters Degrees in Translational Research, Clinical Epidemiology and others), and the opportunity for an exciting, unique, and individualized educational experience that rivals any offered by the top-tiered Pathology residency training programs in the country.

Over the past twenty years, approximately 65% of resident and fellow graduates have gone on to careers as faculty in academic institutions, 30% are in private practice and 5% have other types of careers, such as medical examiners, Director of the American Red Cross and various positions in industry.

For those graduates going into academia, many of the program residents eventually stay on as faculty members within the University of Pennsylvania Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine or at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), while others have accepted faculty positions at various prestigious departments across the country.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania offers four Residency Training Programs:

Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP)
Anatomic Pathology (AP only) 
Clinical Pathology (CP only)
Combined Anatomic Pathology/Neuropathology (AP/NP)

In addition there are numerous opportunities for research and excellent mentoring for those wishing to pursue a research career. To support this mission, a research track for residency training is available.