The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Residency Training Program is accredited to offer four years of education and training in combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (APCP-4), four years of education and training in combined Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology (APNP-4), three years of education and training in Anatomic Pathology (AP-3) or three years of training in Clinical Pathology (CP-3). The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires the program to specify a core curriculum for APCP4, AP3 and CP3 programs, satisfying as a minimum the certification requirements of the American Board of Pathology. The Core Requirements are listed on page 28. Up to six months of a program can be dedicated to full time research, as long as other requirements are met. The program also encourages residents to participate in longer research opportunities during residency in the Physician Scientist Track, where the trainee may engage in an extended research opportunity during training under the mentorship of an established investigator. Although trainees are encouraged to apply for funding for such experiences, departmental resources may be requested for research training.
The main medical complex at VUMC is comprised of Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), the Vanderbilt Clinic (TVC), The Monroe Carell, Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital (VCH), and the adjacent Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center (VA). Residency training offered by the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology includes experience at VUMC, as well as at
The Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology is under the direction of Chair Samuel Santoro, M.D., Ph.D., who is responsible for all clinical, research, and educational endeavors of the department. The department is responsible for all diagnostic pathology services required for the care of the patients of VUMC. Michael Laposata, M.D., Ph.D., serves as Pathologist-in-Chief of Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Director of the Division of Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Laboratories for the department. Cheryl Coffin, M.D., serves as Vice Chair of the department and Director of Anatomic Pathology. The Vanderbilt laboratory patient care functions are divided into the following sections: Anatomic Pathology (Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Autopsy Pathology and Pediatric Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine (Hematology/Hemostasis, Transfusion Medicine, Microbiology, Virology/Molecular Infectious Diseases, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular Pathology, and Immunopathology), Hematopathology, Renal Pathology/Electron Microscopy and Neuropathology. Each section is directed by members of the faculty with advanced training in their respective fields. Similar professional and administrative relationships are in place at the VA,
The Residency Training Program is the keystone of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology; all faculty members are committed to teaching and training, no matter what their sphere of activity. The Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology provides its residents a strong foundation in both AP and CP, with research opportunities in both, in order to prepare pathologists for careers in academic medicine or community practice. To accomplish this, the Residency Training Program principally offers combined AP and CP training. However, a limited number of positions are available to residents wishing to pursue either AP or CP training, which are allocated on an individual basis. Additionally, a program combining research and residency training can be arranged on an individual basis for residents planning an academic research career.
Questions about the Residency Program should be directed to the Residency Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.