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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Specialty Description

A pathologist deals with the causes and nature of disease and contributes to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment through knowledge gained by the laboratory application of the biologic, chemical, and physical sciences. This specialist uses information gathered from the microscopic examination of tissue specimens, cells, and body fluids, and from clinical laboratory tests on body fluids and secretions for the diagnosis, exclusion, and monitoring of disease. (Source: The American Board of Medical Specialties. Guide to Physician Specialties. Evanston, IL: American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008.)

Pathway Director

Cheryl A. Hanau, MD  
ch48@drexel.edu  

Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel Medical Student Interest Group

Pathology Interest Group: ducompathologyig@gmail.com

Time Requirement


Residency training for pathologists is three to four years. Residents can receive their training in either combined anatomic pathology and clinical pathology (which requires four years of training), anatomic pathology only (requiring three years of training), or clinical pathology only (three years of training). Practice in a pathology subspecialty requires one additional year of training (two additional years for neuropathology).

National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.

Subspecialties

  • Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Cytopathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Hematology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology
  • Neuropathology
  • Pediatric Pathology

Residency Application and Match Info*

ERAS - Application Services

NRMP - Matching Program

Data National DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 22.2 36.3
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 9.7 11.2

 

Drexel Match Data --2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

AAMC - Careers in Medicine

General Information: http://www.aamc.org/students/cim/pub_pathology.htm
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Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Development Center's pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.