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Top Residency Programs in Pathology: List of Schools and Hospitals

Find out which top schools offer residency programs in pathology, which is the study of the nature of diseases. Read about the residency options at four leading universities, and use the table at the end of the resource to learn what other top schools offer pathology residencies.

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Pathology residents usually study autopsy, cardiac or pediatric pathology while preparing for board certification in the field. Top programs can be found at the University of California in San Francisco, the University of Vermont in Burlington and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, one of the nation's eight Ivy League schools. As certified pathologists, graduates may find employment in hospitals, medical laboratories or university settings.

1. University of California in San Francisco

School Highlight: Only campus in the UC system dedicated exclusively to health science.

The University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) is a public institution that ranked third on the 2014 U.S. News & World Report list of medical schools with primary care programs. The university specializes in the health sciences and offers residency programs in anatomic pathology (AP) and clinical pathology (CP). Combined AP/neuropathology and AP/CP programs also are available.

The combined AP/CP program is a 4-year course of study, through which residents complete autopsy and general surgical pathology rotations at four university hospitals. They can also pursue a number of subspecialties, such as microbiology, transfusion medicine and immunology. Students can expect to serve as chief residents at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

2. University of Vermont in Burlington

School Highlight: Offers over 150 campus organizations.

The University of Vermont is a public research school with a College of Medicine that ranked 29th on the 2014 U.S. News & World Report list of best medical schools providing training in primary care. The College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care offer a 4-year residency program in pathology. Once admitted, students receive board qualifications in the areas of anatomic and clinical pathology. They also complete required rotations in autopsy or surgical pathology, clinical chemistry, microbiology and immunopathology, among other areas.

3. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

School Highlight: First American institution of higher education to be named a university.

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is an Ivy League school that placed 12th on the 2015 Forbes list of 'America's Top Colleges.' The university offers a 3-year residency program in anatomic pathology and a 4-year AP/CP program. During the first year of the latter program, residents spend a month studying forensic pathology at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office. In the second year, residents study clinical pathology in relationship to chemistry and microbiology. The final two years of the program provide residents with experience in surgical pathology, as well as the opportunity to perform rotations at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for training in pediatric pathology.

Top Pathology Residency Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Columbia University Oldest institution for higher learning in New York New York, NY
Michigan State University Only university in the nation with three on-campus medical schools East Lansing, MI
Rochester University Has a 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio Rochester, NY
University of Minnesota Educates almost 70% of Minnesota's health care professionals Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
University of Wisconsin - Madison Offers diverse research opportunities Madison, WI
Washington University Several former faculty members are recipients of the Nobel Prize St. Louis, MO
Yale University Yale School of Medicine is a leading research center New Haven, CT
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