Education Goals

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.