Medical School

The Department is actively engaged in training the next generation of physicians and educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education. The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States and consistently ranks among the top five in US News and World Report’s rankings of research-oriented medical schools.

Among the medical school’s electives supervised and taught by Department faculty members and house staff are: 

Surgical Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Autopsy Pathology, Immunohematology (Transfusion Medicine), Neuropathology, Cytopathology, Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathology, Pediatric Pathology (at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), and Effective Use of Clinical Laboratory Testing.

The Department's Visiting Clerkship for Underrepresented Minority Students is designed to welcome a diverse group of medical students to Penn Pathology and provide an opportunity to experience the exceptional training offered. Visiting students will spend four weeks in either anatomic pathology or clinical pathology. Students will be active members of the pathology team and be directly involved in case evaluation; or spend time rotating through two laboratory areas based on their interest and selection with the course director.

The Department also arranges clinical/bench research experience through a post-sophomore Student Pathology Fellowship and the option of a research elective or scholarly project involvement with individual faculty members.

The Nowell Pathology Interest Group (NPIG) was formed for medical students to gain exposure to the diverse subspecialties and practices within pathology, as well as to provide mentorship and support to those applying to pathology residency programs. The group hosts career panels, seminars, and special events throughout the year featuring residents, fellows, and faculty from the Department.