The majority of the resident rotations are at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) is an approximately 950 bed hospital, and this number is expanding now that the new Smilow Cancer Center opened in late 2009. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are separate departments at Yale, and as such each focuses on improving the quality of services and training in anatomic and clinical pathology, respectively. Pathology evaluates nearly 50,000 surgical specimens and 95,000 cytology specimens each year, and performs approximately 230 autopsies. Laboratory Medicine performs over 5 million tests each year. Each department uses a specialty-based approach, in which clinical services are provided by attendings who have specialized in particular areas of interest and expertise. Resident rotations are similarly divided along specialty lines. This affords the residents an in-depth exposure and emersion in focused areas of study, emphasizing the subtle nuances of various disease processes.
The Department of Pathology has clinical space in the East Pavilion of YNHH, where the surgical pathology and inpatient cytopathology services are located. The autopsy service, administrative offices, and research space are located in the Brady and Lauder buildings of the Medical Center. These areas are connected by intervening buildings, so travel from one to the other does not require going outside. Outreach cytology is in a separate building, but plans are underway to move into the main complex. The clinical space in the East Pavilion is recently renovated (May 2008). With the opening of the Smilow Cancer Center in 2009, Pathology has moved it's frozen section operation to be adjacent to the new operating rooms. This space is a short walk from the main signout area.
The Department of Laboratory Medicine has just moved its clinical laboratories and administrative offices to the brand new state-of-the-art Park Street Building, immediately adjacent to the Smilow Cancer Center in the Medical Center complex. Research space remains clustered on four floors of the Clinic Building of the Medical Center.