Residency Program Overview & Educational Goals

Programs

Programs are available for residents in the combined Anatomic Pathology (AP)/Clinical Pathology (CP) Program, as well as for residents in either straight CP or straight AP.

An 18-month core curriculum in CP is offered to all residents to assure familiarity with all aspects of Laboratory Medicine. The core curriculum allows flexibility for subspecialization and tailoring the CP electives program to the individual interests of each resident.

Residents in the straight CP program, however, are required to complete a total of 36 months of training in Laboratory Medicine.

Research and clinical subspecialty opportunities are available to allow completion of the 3rd year of the CP track, as well as for residents in the AP/CP program who wish to pursue additional training in Laboratory Medicine. Research may be pursued not only within the Department, but also with mentors in basic science or clinical departments in the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and Yale University.

While CP residents who are aiming for an academic research career are encouraged to apply for external support for research fellowships (such as K awards), salary is guaranteed for the full training period required for board eligibility in Clinical Pathology.

Educational Goals And Philosophy

Our program is designed to provide residents with a good foundation of knowledge in all aspects of Clinical Pathology and an in-depth experience in one of the subspecialties that particularly interests them.

To accomplish this, residents rotate through each of the sections of the Clinical Laboratories during their first year. During the second and subsequent years they are encouraged to concentrate their activities in one of the subspecialties. Integration of the various subspecialties is achieved through interdisciplinary teaching and clinical conferences in the Department, on-call responsibilities, and the rotation at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. The department includes faculty with strong clinical backgrounds and interests, as well as research faculty with interests in molecular biology and information science and their applications to laboratory medicine (see Faculty Research Interests).

Residents thus have the opportunity for exposure to all aspects of clinical testing from conceptualization in basic research to practical realization in the clinical laboratory and application to patient care.

Emphasis is placed upon understanding the basic science and associated biotechnology of Clinical Pathology, becoming comfortable with modern instrumentation and computers, and understanding interpretation and clinical utilization of laboratory tests. To accomplish this, residents work on research and/or developmental projects in the laboratories and serve as consultants to the hospital physicians on the use and interpretation of laboratory data.

Upon completion of the program, residents should be prepared for careers in either academic or community medicine.