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Education & Training
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center offers educational programs for individuals at all levels of training — from medical students to residents, fellows, and practicing professionals. Our programs combine the resources of an Ivy League medical school — Weill Cornell Medical College — and one of the world's leading medical centers, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. We are centrally located within a collaborative scientific and medical community that includes the Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and The Rockefeller University.
Educational programs are available for:
Medical students: Students learn about the pathophysiology of disease during the second year of medical school through didactic lectures from faculty as well as small group tutorials which use a case-based approach to facilitate discussion and learning. During years three and four, medical students may choose a two- or four-week elective rotation to experience the day-to-day activities of pathologists firsthand. Students rotate through the department shadowing residents, fellows, and faculty and participating in sign outs and conferences. Students may also choose to observe an autopsy.
Residents: A flexible four-year residency training program prepares residents for Board certification in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, or combined anatomic and clinical pathology. Learning is both didactic and applied, and the curriculum is tailored to each resident's career goals. From breast pathology to transfusion medicine, residents learn not only the diagnostic criteria for diseases and subtle nuances of an individual case, but also the clinical implications of each diagnosis. In addition to their clinical responsibilities, residents have the opportunity to conduct and present research at national meetings, and they may also participate in the teaching of medical students during their final years of residency.
Fellows: Thirteen highly competitive fellowships provide subspecialty training as well as opportunities to conduct and present research. Fellows also participate in the teaching of residents, learn from attendance and presentation at multidisciplinary tumor board conferences, and interact daily with attending physicians on both routine in-house cases as well as challenging cases referred to our institution for expert opinion.
Practicing professionals: The department hosts Grand Rounds and conferences throughout the academic year, as well as several postgraduate continuing medical education courses for practicing healthcare professionals.
Students and trainees benefit from exposure to a diverse patient population and a wide range of cases, from the most common to the most complex. From anatomic and clinical pathology to subspecialty training, trainees leave our institution well-prepared to begin a career in pathology, whether it be in academia, industry, or private practice.