Part of our outstanding training environment is facilitated access to the academic resources of our department, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the greater Harvard Medical School community. Our clinical faculty consists of world renowned leaders in each of our subspecialties. Research endeavors in clinical and translational research abound. Likewise, the basic science division of our department (known as experimental pathology or EP) is world renowned in vascular biology, cancer biology and pathological analysis of disease.
Our department lies within an outstanding institutional environment underscored by the fact that BIDMC is one of the largest recipients of NIH funding amongst independent hospitals. Lastly, proximity to the Harvard Medical School Longwood Campus places us in the midst of a very exciting collaborative environment equaled perhaps only in a few other places in the world. A primary goal of our training program is to link residents with these academic leaders and resources to foster clinical, translational and/or basic research endeavors.
Further contributing to our clinical education and potential collaborative research activities is the wealth of material that we see. BIDMC has a very active surgery service reflecting our institutional excellence in oncology (e.g., as part of the Harvard National Cancer Center), transplantation, cardiology, vascular disease, dermatology, and OB/GYN. This directly contributes to diversity of material necessary for a broad resident education. Similarly, the large base of inpatients and outpatients followed by diverse and world renowned subspecialty services (e.g., endocrinology, infectious disease, gastroenterology) contributes to the richness of laboratory medicine training. Our combined AP/CP program offers a large volume of material for resident education. There are over 55,000 surgical specimens, 50,000 cytology specimens, 150 autopsies, and 6 million clinical laboratory tests per year. In both anatomic and clinical pathology, the large case volume facilitates ample exposure to material.
Within our department, state-of-the-art resources are available for residents to take advantage of this material within the context of short term or long term projects. We strongly encourage resident research projects and many of our residents have presented at major pathology meetings and published in major pathology journals (see sampling of recent publications and abstracts).