The University of Toledo AP/CP pathology residency is a small program focused
on high quality resident education in clinical service, in teaching, and in research.
Our clinical experiences are hands-on and faculty-intense. This includes immediate
faculty supervision during grossing during a resident's initial surgical pathology
rotations, direct patient encounters and practice at fine needle aspirations during
cytopathology rotations, daily one-on-one teaching sessions during clinical pathology
rotations, and extensive teaching collections and archives in neuropathology. To
complement the strengths of the University of Toledo Medical Center, we have arranged
off-campus rotations for forensic pathology (the Lucas County Coroner's Office), pediatric pathology (Akron Children's Hospital), dermatopathology (Pinkus Laboratories), and blood banking and microbiology (The Toledo Hospital). Since 2006, our residents have achieved a first-time pass rate of > 90% on the American Board of Pathology exams, and a 100%
second-time pass rate. Our graduates consistently place in highly regarded fellowships and employment opportunities.
Teaching is an absolute priority in our program, both for faculty and for residents.
We are small enough that virtually all members of our department interact on an almost
daily basis. We have a strong series of didactics and conferences, including interdisciplinary conferences such as our various general and subspecialty
Tumor Boards, where residents present cases with assistance and backup from faculty.
Residents also participate regularly in the undergraduate medical student instruction,
directing weekly small group discussions that complement the faculty lecture series.
Finally, we have a very popular and active elective clerkship in pathology for 3rd
and 4th year medical students. We generally see a new group of 10-20 clerks every
two weeks, and our residents participate in the teaching of these clerks as well.
We expect all residents to participate in original research. To this end, we have
monthly research conferences focusing on resident research efforts, didactics on practical
approaches to research, and a monthly Journal Club. Resident research is formally
presented at our annual Peter Goldblatt Resident Scientific Day, and then serves as
a vehicle for resident presentations at national pathology meetings and conferences.
The division of Anatomic Pathology provides training in autopsy and surgical pathology,
cytology, electron and fluorescence microscopy, immunohistochemistry and immunopathology,
neuropathology, dermatopathology, and other specialty areas. Special training in forensic
pathology is available. The Division of Clinical Pathology includes clinical chemistry,
toxicology, hematology, blood banking, immunology, microbiology and virology, molecular
diagnostics, cytogenetics, tissue typing, and flow cytometry. The program for each
resident can be tailored to his or her interest and capabilities with special emphasis
in any of the subspecialties desired. Administrative and managerial skills are included
at all levels with the development of major responsibility in the final year.