July and August of the residency’s first year are comprised of "boot camp," during which:
- Residents learn one-on-one with a chief resident the fundamentals of gross pathology in each of the subspecialty areas (gynecology, cardiac/pulmonary, GU, GI, breast, skin/bone/soft tissue/head and neck)
- Residents attend an orientation lecture series covering gross pathology and the basics of, and approaches to, histology in the different organ systems
- Residents learn hospital and departmental information systems
Subsequently, anatomic pathology education is divided between subspecialty rotations at Cedars-Sinai and generalized anatomic pathology at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Health System (VAGLAHS).
At Cedars-Sinai, residents rotate in each subspecialty area for one month, with fewer anatomic pathology (AP) rotations for those who are focused on clinical pathology (CP). In general, mornings are devoted to biopsy sign-out and afternoons to alternate grossing and signing out of the grossed specimens. Six physician assistants participate in grossing biopsies and large cases daily, allowing the resident to be responsible only for their subspecialty area. There also is a separate frozen section rotation.
AP rotations at VAGLAHS may begin after the first two months at Cedars-Sinai. These rotations provide the resident with a generalized sign-out (combined subspecialties), autopsy pathology, and cytology pathology with a fine needle aspiration (FNA) clinic.
- Residents are expected to read the subspecialty rotation manual prior to starting a rotation, and review it with a subspecialty faculty member on the first rotation day.
- The work day is 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or longer as needed for optimal patient care and learning within ACGME guidelines.
- There is daily communication with faculty members regarding sign-out times and specific case issues.
- Consensus conference, daily (PGY 2 – PGY 4 residents)
- AP didactic conference, every Monday
- Unknown slide conference, every Tuesday
- General Oncology Tumor Board, every Wednesday
- Pathology grand rounds, fourth Friday of each month
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