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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the structure of the pathology residency program at University of Cincinnati?

A: The institution sponsors an anatomic and clinical residency program. It is a 4 year program that has anatomic and clinical pathology integrated over all 4 years, accredited by the ACGME. There are approximately 26 months of required AP rotations, 19 months of required CP rotations, and additional elective months which may be either AP or CP electives.

Q: How many resident positions are in the program?

A: The program is currently comprised of 12 residents. For the 2022 match, we are seeking 3 PGY1 positions through the residency match.

Q: Will I have an opportunity to take on more responsibility as I progress through the residency?

A: Graduated responsibility is one of our program’s core values. Rotations on all services that span multiple years have expectations which ensure that residents are presented with more responsibility and have the opportunity to show autonomy as they progress through the program. Our goal is that residents are able to practice competently and independently in all areas of pathology after they have completed the program. Some specific examples of graduated responsibility include:

  • In surgical pathology, increased case complexity each year means that by the end of training residents will be able to independently work up cases and write accurate reports. By PGY4 year, residents are expected to be able to formulate a complete and accurate report for both routine and complex cases, be comfortable ordering special studies, and be able to discuss cases with clinical teams.
  • In hematopathology, upper-level residents will formulate diagnoses and interpret special studies independently, and have the opportunity to present cases at multidisciplinary conferences.
  • In autopsy, the upper-level resident takes on the role of teacher and mentor to the PGY1 resident.
  • In transfusion medicine, the PGY4 resident functions as the acting director of the service with the fellow

Q: Do residents have mentors?

A: Each resident is assigned a mentor, who is a faculty member often in the area of the resident’s clinical interest during the first half of his/her residency year. Meetings typically occur quarterly, but can occur more often if desired.

Q: What is the didactic educational program for residents?

A: Every morning 8–9 am there is a required educational conference for residents. These include didactic lectures on a wide variety of AP and CP topics, rotating over a 2-year cycle, including gross conferences, autopsy conferences, unknown slide conferences. Surgical Pathology show and tell conference, and CP conferences with presentations by residents to allow experiences in public speaking and constructing a lecture. Journal club is held monthly on Thursdays mid-day. Residents are protected from service responsibilities to attend these conferences. There are multiple multidisciplinary tumor conferences which residents attend when on related services. Residents gain experience presenting at these tumor conferences throughout their residency, particularly during the time they are on rotation during their PGY3 and 4 years in surgical pathology.

Q: Does the program have Pathologist Assistants?

A: Yes, we have 3 PAs, alongside grossing techs for additional support.  The staff are highly trained and committed to pathology resident education.


Q: How much vacation time is allotted annually?
A: All residents have 20 days of vacation time each year.

Q: Is there provision for educational leave?
A: Attendance at regional or national meetings is encouraged, and up to 5 days of administrative leave is provided for meetings.

Q: Is affordable housing available near the hospital?
A: Yes, there many several neighborhoods within 10 minutes driving distance of the hospital with affordable housing.

Q: Is parking free for residents?
A: Yes, residents are provided covered parking at no charge. 


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Department of
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

UC Health University Hospital
Laboratory Medicine Building,
Suite 110
234 Goodman Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219-0533

Phone: (513) 584-7284
Fax: (513) 584-3892