Education : Residency

Residency- General Information

Pathology Residency Training Programs: The Department of Pathology has twenty-one ACGME-approved Residency positions and twelve ACGME-approved fellowship positions. Over 30 full time teaching faculty in Anatomic Pathology and in Clinical Pathology participate in these training programs.

Combined Four-Year Pathology Residency Training Program: The Anatomic Pathology Resident Training includes rotations in autopsy pathology, cytopathology, forensic pathology and subspecialty surgical pathology organized according to specific organ systems including breast, dermatopathology, endocrine, GYN, GI, GU, head and neck, liver/pancreas, neuropathology, pediatric pathology and renal pathology.. The Clinical Pathology Resident Training Program includes rotations in clinical chemistry, cytogenetics, hematology/flow cytometry, hematopathology, laboratory medicine/information systems, medical microbiology, molecular biology, special coagulation, blood banking/transfusion medicine. Included in these rotations are experiences in special techniques such as flow cytometry, molecular biology, laboratory management and medical informatics.

The educational experience also includes a year-long systems-based didactic sessions, problem-based microscopic conferences, resident-presented cases conferences and journal clubs and tumor boards. Well-developed, HIPPA-compliant hospital computer programs provide ready access to patient imaging studies and laboratory results to further facilitate clinico-pathological correlations and pathological interpretations.

The Department of Pathology stresses active involvement with the clinical staff in patient care, along with participation in intra- and interdepartmental conferences, medical student teaching, and research.

Three Year Pathology Residency Training Program in Anatomic Pathology or in Clinical Pathology: This option is available upon review of the Residency Committee and with permission of the Program Director.

ACGME-Acredited Fellowships: One year fellowships include Cytopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Hematopathology, Pediatric Pathology and Blood banking/Transfusion Medicine, Forensic Pathology fellowships are offered at the adjacent Dade County Medical Examiner’s office.

ACGME-Approved Fellowships: One year fellowships include Breast/GYN Pathology, GI/Pancreas-Liver Pathology and Genitourinary, Pathology, Head and neck, Hematopathology, Pedipathology, Transfusion Medicine, Molecular Genetic Pathology

Medical Campus: The Medical Campus is an 8-square block area encompassing the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, four teaching hospitals (see below) and the Dade County Medical Examiners’ Office. Pathology Residents have full access to the hard copy and electronic books and journals at the medical school and main campus as well as to the state-of-art fitness centers at both campuses.

The campus is immediately adjacent to the Miami-Dade Metrorail light rail system that provides rapid transportation to downtown Miami (5 min transit time), the new Performing Arts Center (10 min transit, and the main campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables (18 min transit time). Travel time to Miami International Airport or Miami Beach by car is between 15-20 min.

Teaching Hospitals: Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) is our principal teaching hospital. It is the largest public county hospital in the country (1,500 beds) and provides primary and tertiary care for all of south Florida. The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics (UMHC) and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC) are private not-for-profit hospitals of the Medical School with approximately 600 beds. The Miami Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, (900 beds) provides education in a general surgical pathology service. Forensic pathology is taught at the world-renown Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office. Together, the three hospitals have approximately 71,000 admissions; 400 autopsies; 42,000 surgical specimens; 35,000 cytology examinations, and over 8,000,000 laboratory tests yearly.

Stipends and Fringe Benefits: Annual stipends and fringe benefits are listed at http://www.jacksonhealth.org/residents-fellows-salary.asp They include hospitalization insurance and ambulatory medical care, disability, life, and professional liability insurance, professional uniforms (white laboratory coats), parking and on-call meal tickets.
Jackson Memorial Hospital provides a yearly educational fund for items such as books, journals and meeting attendance.
The Department of Pathology provides travel funds of up to $2000 per year when a resident presents a platform or poster abstract at a national meeting, subject to prior approval from the Program Director and departmental administer.

Duty Hours: The work day generally starts at 7:30 am. PGY2-4 pathology residents take at-home call (pager call) from 5:00 pm until 8:00 am the following morning. In general, on-call occurs no more than every 6 days and every 10 weekends. PGY1 pathology residents do not take at-home on call but do participate in full duty hour days up to 10 h.

Resident duty hours are monitored weekly to ensure compliance with ACGME regulations of 2013.

Resident Supervision. All PGY1 residents are directly supervised for grossing the first three frozen sections, first three specimens of each organ system, first three autopsies and first three aphreses. Following this, PGY1 residents may be indirectly supervised, with direct supervision immediately available.

Vacation: Residents have 4 weeks vacation leave per year. In general, most vacation requests are accommodated if submitted by the end of May prior to next academic year. All vacation and educational leave requests are approved by the Chief Resident, the Rotation Director and the Program Director.