Frequently Asked Questions

About the Application Process

Approximately 45 to 60 applicants are interviewed each year. The interview season typically begins in October and extends until all interviews are completed. The number of applicants accepted depends on the number of positions available, but typically ranges from four to six for the first-year class.

The interview day begins at about 8 a.m. and typically includes a program overview with the program director, several individual interviews with faculty members, conference attendance, and a departmental tour and lunch with current pathology residents. The interview activities end by 3 p.m.

No, applications are accepted regardless of graduation date.

Yes, you may rank both programs in NRMP using the respective NRMP numbers for the PSTP and AP/CP programs.

About the Program

A typical day begins at 7:30 a.m. and involves patient care activities in anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP). Lunchtime frequently is coupled with didactic lectures or conferences. Residents are expected to be in the department until 5 p.m., but residents often remain longer to complete patient care activities, read about cases, or work on research projects. Resident work hours are well within ACGME limits.

The grossing schedule for surgical pathology rotations is based on a two-day or three-day cycle. Grossing takes place on Day 1 and case sign-outs of grossed specimens take place the afternoon of Day 2, allowing for preview time. Mornings are dedicated to biopsy sign-outs. Rotations with a three-day cycle allow for more preview time.

Residents are assigned weeklong AP or CP call duty at Cedars-Sinai approximately every six weeks. Call duty includes coverage of evenings and weekends. Responsibilities include fielding questions from clinicians, handling tissues, grossing and autopsy. Call requirements are well within ACGME work-hour requirements.

Yes, each resident is assigned their own desk, computer and microscope. Assignments change each year.

One-hundred percent of our residents have passed their AP and CP boards in the past five years.

About 60 percent of our graduates practice in a private setting, 30–35 percent remain in an academic setting and the remainder go into forensics.

The forensic pathology rotation takes place at the Los Angeles County Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner near downtown Los Angeles. Residents may rotate at outside institutions as an elective with prior approval from the program director and outside institution.

Each PGY-1 resident is allotted $700.00 for the purchase of pathology textbooks and payment of dues to professional organizations. PGY-2+ residents are allotted a total of $1800.00 annually for the purchase of pathology textbooks, payment of dues to professional organizations, scientific meeting expenditures, and pathology board review courses.

Four calendar weeks (20 days total) of paid time off is provided each academic year. In addition, residents have five days of sick leave (SICA) each year. If all SICA days are used, your vacation days will be used.

Parking and lab coats are provided for residents free of charge. The parking structure is just across the street from the hospital. Residents also receive a food allowance card valid in the hospital cafeteria and coffee shop.

Cedars-Sinai's Work & Life Matters is the institutional employee assistance program (EAP). It provides comprehensive, fully integrated work-life services for employees and their dependents (including domestic partners), and includes assistance in finding apartments or child care and counseling.

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Pathology Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send us a message.

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
8700 Beverly Blvd., Room 8709
Los Angeles, CA 90048-1804

LeeTanya Marion-Murray, Pathology Academic Program Coordinator