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Research & Teaching Opportunities

Throughout the program, residents are encouraged and expected to investigate clinical and/or laboratory problems that arise during their daily activities.  All residents engage in scholarly activities.   Advice and assistance from the Attending Staff are readily available, and residents are encouraged to prepare the results of their investigations for publication or presentation at national meetings. The residency program is structured to facilitate up to six months of dedicated research during the residency program in accordance with the recommendations of the American Board of Pathology.  However, if desired, residents may  take leave of the structured rotations for additional  periods of three to twelve months to devote full time to a research project. Departmental funding outside of the residency program is available and such extended research activities are generally not included in the basic program structure.   Most resident perform projects of a smaller scale that are conducted during elective rotations.  Prior to elective rotations, a formal proposal must be submitted to the chief resident and Director of Residency Training for approval.  All elective rotations off site require the approval of the Hospital GME Committee and Hospital Executive Director.  During the past 30 months the residents and fellows of the department have published in excess of 62 peer reviewed studies in leading medical journals. 

Teaching opportunities, exclusive of intra- and inter-departmental conferences, are in the context of multiple established courses in the Medical Center.  Residents are currents involved in a teaching capacity in the General Pathology course taught to sophomore medical students and three additional courses to students in Allied Health fields in the Medical Center.  Senior residents perform the majority of such teaching; however, outstanding junior residents also participate.