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Pathology Curriculum

Overview of Rotations


Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1)

  • Surgical pathology (8 months)
  • Autopsy (1 dedicated month; rotating autopsy coverage throughout residency)
  • Blood bank/Apheresis (2 months)
  • Core labs 1 (1 month)


Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2)

  • Surgical pathology (4 months)
  • Cytopathology (2 months)
  • Hematopathology (3 months)
  • Core labs 2 (1 month) at Med Fusion
  • Microbiology (2 months) at Med Fusion


Post-Graduate Year 3 (PGY-3)


Post-Graduate Year 4 (PGY-4)

  • Surgical pathology junior staff (1 month)
  • Clinical pathology junior staff (1 month) at Med Fusion
  • Immunology/Lab management (1 month)
  • Surgical pathology (2 month)
  • Molecular 2 (1 month) at Med Fusion
  • Pediatrics pathology (1 month) at Children’s Medical Center Dallas
  • Breast pathology (1 month)
  • Dermatopathology (1 month)
  • Selectives (1-2 months)


Total Anatomic Pathology Rotations: 22 months

Total Clinical Pathology Rotations: 20 months


As we generally alternate between taking 3 to 5 residents each year (to maintain 18 residents total), the annual resident schedule will vary depending on the year.


Although selectives are listed in the 4th year above, they can be used at any point during residency with program approval. Our program is very supportive when residents wish to do off-campus rotations, and resident pay by our institution is maintained during off-campus electives.


Weekend Autopsy Coverage*

  • 1st years: 5 weekends each
  • 2nd years: 4 weekends each
  • 3rd years: 3 weekends each
  • 4th year: none


Regular Call Coverage*

  • 2nd years: 5 weeks each
  • 3rd years: 4 weeks each
  • 4th years: 3 weeks each


*Call and Autopsy coverage is subject to change based on class size and schedules.


Residents take regular call a week at a time, starting from Friday 5 p.m. to the following Friday 7:30 a.m. However, the call resident only handles after-hours calls (during work hours, the call resident is not involved). Call is relatively light at our program.


The resident helps handle the following:

  • After-hours frozens (average 1-2, varies from 0 to 5 in a week)
  • Transplant organ donation evaluation (average 1-3, varies from 0 to 7 in a week)
  • Rapid GMS (rare to occur overnight, usually done in the morning next day by cytology service)
  • Autopsy requests – handled over the phone (average 1-2, varies from 0 to 4 in a week)
  • Transfusion reaction – handled over the phone (average 1-2, varies from 0 to 4 in a week)


At Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, pathology residents do not triage transfusion/blood product requests and, therefore, do not have the stress of “negotiating” with clinicians on how many blood units they can have for their patients. Usually the only blood bank calls residents deal with are transfusion reactions.


At all times, an attending is available and on call with the resident.


Selectives available:

  • Community pathology
  • Renal pathology
  • Neuropathology
  • General Surg Path
  • Breast
  • Gyn
  • Transplant pathology
  • Research month
  • Cytopathology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Blood bank
  • Informatics


Other selectives can be set up by the program if requested.

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