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Residency Program Training Tracks and Paths

Residents are accepted for training onto one of four tracks, and generally follow one of two career paths. This provides trainees an opportunity to tailor their training experience for their own specific career goals. The four tracks each include core rotations with specific responsibilities designed to convey competency in the diagnostic practice of pathology.

Training tracks are:

  • Anatomic Pathology only (AP): 3 years
  • Clinical Pathology only (CP): 3 years
  • Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP): 4 years
  • Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology (AP/NP): 4 years

Within each track, residents can pursue one of two career paths:

  • Diagnostic practice:
    • The diagnostic practice path is for those residents who plan to spend the majority of their professional career as clinicians in either an academic or community setting. Trainees on this track typically go on to subspecialty fellowships and/or clinical jobs upon completion of their residency training.
  • Physician-scientist:
    • Residents interested in a career as a physician-scientist (or physician-engineer, etc.) will spend the majority of their professional time in investigative research. Candidates for this path often have significant research experience and/or a PhD prior to residency, but this is not a requirement. Research may be pursued with any mentor in any department within Yale University, and salary funding is guaranteed for at least two full years of research following residency.