Overview of the Pathology Residency Program

General Information:

The Pathology Residency Training Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio provides opportunities in postgraduate training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by utilizing the facilities of the University Hospital, Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital, and University of Texas Health Science Center for core rotations. This experience is augmented by rotations at South Texas Dermatopathology Laboratory, and the Bexar County Forensic Sciences Center. The main objective of the training program is to prepare medical and osteopathic doctorates for the practice of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and to provide a setting in which teaching and research activities may be pursued. In addition, advanced fellowship training in Hematopathology, Transfusion Medicine, Cytopathology, and Surgical Pathology are also available. The varied patient population at our two main teaching hospitals and the activities at the research laboratories at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio provide an environment in which this goal may be accomplished so that all residents may be board eligible in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with up to four years of post-graduate training for medical school graduates.


Meeting American Board of Pathology Requirements:
For AP/CP trainees, the program is structured to meet ABP requirements of at least 18 months of training in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with additional elective time that may be customized dependent upon the trainee's goals and needs as long as the electives meet both ABP and UTHSCSA requirements. In anatomic or clinical pathology, additional two to six week long electives are available, as well as advanced electives in other topics covered by core rotations. All electives must meet residency Program Director approval with written specific goals and objectives and faculty supervision.


All residents are encouraged to participate in clinical research with subspecialty oriented diagnostic pathologists in surgical pathology, cytopathology and clinical pathology. Additional opportunities for both basic and clinical research are available with faculty who have varied research interests.


The Resident conferences have been organized to provide a combination of didactic lectures in AP/CP, working conferences to review the most recent cases, and exposure to basic research and quality assurance. During residency, each resident is expected to undertake and complete a scientific project to be published as a peer-reviewed state or national abstract/paper. This is to give the residents exposure and experience in formulating hypotheses, working through a well-controlled project and organizing data suitable for publication.


Residents have opportunities for teaching experience in their interaction with fourth year medical students and residents from other fields while they are on pathology rotations. Residents also participate in the teaching of the small group lab sessions within the preclinical medical student pathology course. PGY 3s and above are required to teach a minimum of 3-4 MS Labs per year.


The overall design of this residency training program has been accomplished after many hours of work by contributing faculty and the Program Effectiveness Committee. The combination of structured core rotations and less structured, advanced level training provides residents with a strong basic fund of knowledge while allowing pursuit of individual interests and career goals.