School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Residency Program

The Department of Pathology of Wayne State University School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals offers a four-year ACGME-accredited combined anatomic pathology and clinical pathology residency training program. The program includes instruction in state-of-the-art clinical diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, and experimental pathology, and provides abundant opportunity for residents to participate in original research. The affiliated hospitals include:

  • Harper-Hutzel Hospitals
  • Karmanos Cancer Center
  • Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
  • Wayne County Office of the Medical Examiner.

The training program is based on the ACGME General Competencies, and emphasis is placed on the resident assuming increasing diagnostic responsibilities under faculty supervision. There are abundant opportunities to interact with clinical specialists and basic scientists and to apply recent technological developments to diagnostic medicine and research. The spectrum of hospital affiliations allows each resident to receive training from pathologists with special interest and expertise in subspecialty areas including:

  • pediatric pathology
  • feto-placental pathology
  • gynecological pathology
  • neuropathology
  • forensic pathology.

Both required rotations and electives offer specialized training in diverse fields including surgical pathology subspecialties, clinical pathology subspecialties, molecular pathology, and research.

Twelve house staff positions are available, with three first-year positions that may be entered at the PGY-1 level immediately following graduation from medical school or after post-graduate training in another medical specialty. One-year accredited fellowship training programs are offered in Cytopathology (2 positions), Hematopathology (2 positions), Pediatric pathology (1 position), and Surgical Pathology (1 position).
The goal of the training program is the preparation of individuals competent in the practice of anatomic and clinical pathology as well as for careers in academic pathology pursuing research and education in pathology. A certificate of training from the Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University School of Medicine is awarded upon completion of the program. Residents completing the program are eligible to apply for certification in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology. 

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