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Graduate Medical Education (GME): Anatomic Pathology

Residency Program Director: Martha M. Quezado, M.D.
Residency Associate Program Director: Frederic Barr, M.D., Ph.D.

The Laboratory of Pathology (LP) offers a multifaceted ACGME accredited residency training program in Anatomic Pathology at the NIH Clinical Center (CC). The CC is the site of intramural clinical research for the NIH, and home to more than 1500 clinical research protocols. Excelling in both clinical diagnosis and translational research, the department provides a stimulating intellectual environment for the resident interested in an academic career. The department emphasizes excellence in diagnosis and the use of modern technological tools to enhance accuracy and decipher disease mechanisms. In addition, LP staff members receive a large number of cases in consultation each year, resulting in a rich and diversified exposure to the practice of anatomic pathology. Qualified candidates must have completed an M.D. degree from an approved U.S. or Canadian medical school, or must hold an E.C.F.M.G. certificate. Most successful applicants have had prior research experience, or have a Ph.D. degree. Clinical training in the Anatomic Pathology Program includes three years of rotations and subspecialty training. An optional fourth year of training may be available to selected residents during which time they may participate in additional research activities.

Program Structure
The philosophy of the training program is to provide broad and in-depth exposure to the subject matter of anatomic pathology, with an emphasis on clinical correlation, relationships to disease mechanisms, and exposure to investigational opportunities. Each case under study is viewed in the context of (1) the individual patient's clinical course, (2) strong personal interactions with the clinicians caring for the patient, and (3) the general relevance to disease pathophysiology and investigational questions. Residents become fully grounded in laboratory techniques, observational and descriptive analysis procedures, and the communication skills required to gain the maximum information prior to rendering a diagnosis. The program provides for diversified experience in postmortem, surgical pathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, molecular pathology and cytogenetics diagnosis. Separate one-month subspecialty rotations in forensic pathology, surgical pathology, and pediatric pathology offered at affiliated institutions broaden the training offered at the NIH. Integrated training in dermatopathology, neuropathology, pediatric pathology, flow cytometry, immunopathology, informatics, management, and quality improvement are provided during all three years. Residents in the third year gain more authority in making diagnostic decisions and supervising other residents in both surgical and postmortem pathology.

Additional Information
For more detailed information about the program, please visit the following webpage:

Application Information
Three positions are open to new applicants each year. The Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), and applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) System. Applications should be submitted by December 1 for appointments beginning the following July. After review of completed applications, qualified candidates may be invited for interviews and to meet staff and residents.


Program Contact

For further information, the applicant should contact:

Martha M. Quezado, M.D.
Program Director, Anatomic Pathology Residency Training Program
Laboratory of Pathology
Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH
10 Center Drive, Rm 2S235
Bethesda, MD  20892

Selena Brantley, M.S.
National Institutes of Health
Laboratory of Pathology
10 Center Drive, Suite 2S235
MSC 1500
Bethesda, MD  20892
Phone: 301-480-7161
Fax: 301-480-0611

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This page last updated on 02/21/2018

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