The Department of Pathology offers ACGME-accredited residency training in Anatomic, Clinical, or combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. In addition, fellowship training is offered in Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Neuropathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Hematopathology, and Forensic Pathology (at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner).
The AP-CP programs provide residents with the training needed to prepare for a career in the academic or private practice of pathology. The program emphasizes the role of the pathologist as clinical consultant as well as diagnostician, educator, and manager. Core rotations include Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Autopsy Pathology and Neuropathology, Forensic Pathology, Transfusion Medicine, Hematopathology, Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology, Medical Microbiology, including Immunology/Virology, Molecular Diagnostics and Cytogenetics. Training is offered in Informatics and Laboratory Management. Residents are trained in fine-needle aspiration biopsies and therapeutic apheresis.
One-on-one training experience in laboratory rotations is supplemented by a full schedule of didactic conferences, "unknown" conferences, seminars, and journal club. Residents are actively involved in teaching medical students and technologists. Research opportunities are readily available and the Department offers financial support for residents presenting research projects at national meetings.
Program Goals and Philosophy
The fundamental goals of the pathology residency program are to provide an opportunity for knowledge acquisition, skills training and practice, and to provide guidance in accomplishing exemplary patient care. Residents develop expertise in laboratory service and management, and data investigation and interpretation.
Our faculty recognize the resident as a mature physician seeking special competence in pathology. Our staff pathologists and other personnel willingly give of their time, knowledge, and guidance to the resident seeking it. Our training programs emphasize interpretative, investigative, and management skills, and are structured to avoid overemphasis in the technical aspects of pathology. The pathology laboratory is the resident's classroom, so we make every effort to utilize the laboratory's potential for instructional purposes.
The pathology faculty expect that residents will be open to learning, will strive for the perfection of their skills, freely share their expertise, and willingly assume leadership roles in the education of other residents, physicians, and allied health professionals.
All residents must have passed Step I and Step II (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), prior to their first day of employment.
All applicants must:
For more information about selection criteria, please visit our FAQ page.
For Residency we are only accepting the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) application starting with the 2001-2002 term.
Documentation Requirements for International Medical Graduates
Send notarized copies of the following documents to the Residency Coordinator:
Ask three faculty members at your medical school to send letters of recommendation to the Residency Coordinator. If you have completed any graduate work, an internship, or other training in the United States, the letters of recommendation should come from faculty members or attendings who had a chance to observe your work in this country.
If you are a naturalized citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, send a photocopy of your citizenship papers or a photocopy of both sides or your permanent resident card.
If you are accepted into our program and are not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States you will be required to obtain a J-1 Clinical visa.
For more information about application process, please visit our FAQ page.
The American Board of Pathology (ABP) web site offers detailed information on certification and accreditation of pathology training programs. The ABP offers three primary certifying examinations to establish general competence in pathology and a number of examinations to assess expertise in subspecialty areas.
Other useful resources include:
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®)
Electronic Residency Application Service
Program Administration and Leadership
Christine E. Fuller, MD
Vice Chairman, Pathology Graduate Medical Education
|Margaret M. Grimes, MD
Professor, Pathology and Vice Chair, Pathology Undergraduate Medical Education
|Susan D. Roseff, MD
Professor and Chair, Division of Clinical Pathology
Medical Director, Apheresis
Associate Director, Resident Training Program
|Charles V. Clevenger, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology
Carolyn Wingate Hyde Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Michelle Smith is the Coordinator of the Resident Training Program. For information regarding admission to the program and specific questions about the program, please feel free to contact her.
Michelle Smith, Resident Training Program Coordinator
Office: (804) 827-0561; FAX (804) 827-1078
The mailing address is:
VCU/MCV Department of Pathology
PO Box 980662
Richmond, VA 23298-0662
Steven Ellsworth, DO
Tracy L. Shipe, DO