Clinical Pathology Only Track
The major educational goal of this program pathway is to train future leaders in Laboratory Medicine. It is especially intended for those who wish to develop leadership capabilities in a clinical pathology subspecialty in combination with extensive research training in our physician-scientist track.
The first year is the same as the clinical pathology core year in the combined AP-CP program. The second and third years include rotations in Molecular Pathology and Cytogenetics, additional rotations in the four basic laboratory modules, and time for extensive subspecialty training in a laboratory medicine discipline. Subspecialty training opportunities may be combined with fellowship training to obtain an especially in depth and goal oriented educational experience. For physician-scientist track residents, postdoctoral research experience will be integrated with residency and subspecialty training to develop a compelling academic portfolio.
BIDMC offers a large number of fellowship opportunities in Laboratory Medicine. Recently, we established the only
Medical Microbiology Fellowship Program in Massachusetts, drawing on the comprehensive training opportunities in adult, pediatric, and public health microbiology at BIDMC, Children's Hospital Boston, and the Massachusetts State Laboratory Institute. Furthermore, fellowship training may be obtained in the Harvard Medical School Transfusion Medicine and Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Programs in which BIDMC sponsors fellowship slots, and the BIDMC Hematopathology Fellowship Program.
Highly achieving members of our CP only and AP-CP training pathways will be given the opportunity to serve as laboratory medicine
chief resident. This is a recognition of achievement and dedication, and also an opportunity to contribute to development, organization, and educational programs within the residency training program. It is an excellent opportunity and credential for residents who wish to pursue a career in an academic pathology department. Generally, residents will serve as chief resident for a period of 6 or 12 months, and usually will combine this experience with an advanced role (graded responsibility) in one of the clinical laboratories.
NOTE: Applicants for CP only resident positions at BIDMC will apply through a separate
CP only match list (i.e., distinct from the general pathology match list used for AP/CP and AP only residency slots). Applicants should make it clear to us whether they are applying for a CP only slot so that we will also rank them on the appropriate list. To rank our general CP only program
or our CP only Physician-Scientist Track program, use code
1256300C1 under the CP only heading in the NRMP.