Training & Curriculum

The four-year Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency consists of AP and CP rotations that enable residents to fulfill American Board of Pathology requirements for combined AP/CP board eligibility. In addition, there is a physician scientist training program with a separate NRMP number 1030300C1.

For the four-year Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency program, residents are exposed to a wide variety of anatomic and clinical pathology specialties by the end of the first two year.

Other Program Features

24 months of core AP:

  • Introduction ("boot camp"), 1.5 months
  • Surgical pathology, 12.5 months
  • Hospital autopsy, three months
  • Forensic pathology, one month
  • Cytopathology, three months
  • Neuropathology, one month
  • Renal pathology, one month
  • Dermatopathology, one month
  • Cytopathology, three months

18 months of core CP:

  • Hematopathology, five months
  • Transfusion medicine, four months
  • Microbiology, three months
  • Molecular genetic pathology, two months
  • Chemistry, two months
  • Laboratory management, one month
  • Coagulation, 0.5 months
  • HLA/Immunology, 0.5 month

Three months of selective in subspecialty areas with direct patient care activities.

Three months of elective.

Pathology Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP)

This program is designed for the MD-PhD or MD graduate who has an extensive research background and has demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in academic pathology centered on basic science or clinical/translational research, and has a different NRMP number.

Learn more about the Pathology PSTP and how to apply.


Resident conferences occur daily and include:

  • AP/CP didactics
  • AP/CP resident presentations (autopsy, cytology and clinical pathology)
  • Journal clubs
  • Unknown slides conferences
  • CP review

In addition to the core conferences, residents routinely attend subspecialty conferences as they rotate through each subspecialty area, detailed in the rotation descriptions.

Teaching Oppourtunities

Interdepartmental teaching opportunities are abundant. Junior residents present their autopsy cases biweekly to the decedents’ clinical teams. Senior residents are the primary presenters at multidisciplinary general oncology tumor boards and present at subspecialty tumor boards.

While residents are on pathology rotations, they also have opportunities to teach staff from other disciplines — such as residents from internal medicine, pharmacy and podiatry, and fellows from hematology-oncology and rheumatology. Intradepartmental teaching occurs during several rotations.

Evaluations and Mentorship

The program director meets with each resident at least twice a year to review the resident's portfolio and help the resident create an individualized development and learning plan.

To ensure the resident is on track to meet all appropriate milestones, make considered career choices, and engage with local and national pathology organizations, portfolio review includes:

  • Rotation and presentation evaluations
  • Educational and research activities
  • Quality assurance and patient-safety activities
  • Curriculum vitae

In addition to the individualized development-plan meetings, group mentorship sessions are conducted throughout the year, including small group discussions that provide second-year residents an overview of the application process for fellowships, and question-and-answer forums between junior faculty members and residents.

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