Residency training in Pathology is provided by the Department of Pathology and the Department of Laboratory Medicine. Working together under a single Program Director, the two departments assure strong training in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.
The Department of Pathology is comprised of anatomical pathology services, research laboratories, and support services. Some of Pathology's research laboratories are affiliated with programs physically located in the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine. The Division of Anatomical Pathology (the clinical Division of the Department) provides autopsy, cytology, and surgical pathology services to all hospitals in the Yale New Haven Medical Center, the West Haven campus of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System (VA), Bridgeport Hospital, Milford Hospital, and to private physician offices. Residents thus are exposed to a very broad range of clinical material, from the common everyday specimens to rare and unusual diseases and neoplasms. The faculty all have subspecialty interests, and residents rotate through the subspecialty systems affording them in-depth exposure and expert training in each area of anatomic pathology. Services that support the department include histology, immunohistochemistry, molecular diagnostics, electron microscopy/advanced imaging, operational informatics, and the report generation unit.
The Department of Laboratory Medicine consists of clinical pathology services, research laboratories, and support services. Clinical laboratories include the Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology and Flow Cytometry, Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Diagnostics, Apheresis and Stem Cell Processing, and Computer and Instrumentation Services. These are the primary laboratories for Yale-New Haven Medical Center and the Yale Medical Group. They also serve as a core facility for Yale University clinical research centers and as national reference laboratories. The Department also staffs the clinical laboratories at the Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare System's West Haven campus, including its mycobacteriology and virology National Reference Laboratories. Residents are exposed to all aspects of laboratory 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 familiar and comfortable with modern instrumentation and computers, and the interpretation and utilization of laboratory results. Residents work on research and/or developmental projects in the laboratories and serve as consultants to hospital physicians on the use and interpretation of laboratory data.