The Education division oversees and coordinates a variety of highly competitive training programs. Outstanding residents and fellows are prepared for leadership positions in academic pathology, ranging from academic clinicians to basic scientists.
Pathology Education Overview
The Division of Education, led by W. Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD, Associate Chief of Pathology, Education and Training, oversees and coordinates all training activities in the Pathology Service, including those relating to undergraduate medical education (UME), graduate medical education (GME) and continuing medical education (CME)
The majority of activities center on our residency and fellowship programs, although the department features extensive activities in CME that include the Case Records of the MGH published in the New England Journal of Medicine and numerous postgraduate courses for practicing pathologists and other clinicians.
Residency and Fellowship Programs
MGH offers residency training in straight anatomic pathology, straight clinical pathology, combined anatomic and clinical pathology, and combined anatomic pathology and neuropathology. MGH offers fellowships in cytopathology, hematopathology, neuropathology, and in a wide range of surgical pathology subspecialties (breast, renal, obstetric, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, gynecologic, cardiovascular, ear nose and throat, bone and soft tissue, and genitourinary pathology). In conjunction with the other Harvard teaching hospitals, we also offer fellowships in dermatopathology, molecular and genetic pathology, and transfusion medicine. Post-doctoral research fellowships are available, funded by either individual faculty grant support or a departmental T32 NIH Training Grant.
The Clinical Clerkship in Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine provides broad exposure to surgical pathology, cytology and clinical pathology. Students interested in this clerkship should contact the course director, Dr. John Branda, to discuss enrollment (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 617-726-3611).
The Clinical Clerkship in Pathology Informatics is a newly designed rotation that is available as of July 2010. The rotation provides a basic introduction to the field. Students interested in this clerkship should contact the course director, Dr. John Gilbertson, to discuss enrollment (email: email@example.com, phone: 617-726-5809.
Case Records of the MGH
MGH weekly clinicopathological exercises are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Conferences are free and many are approved for Category 1 CME credit. Forms to receive credit are handled by the department at MGH that is hosting the rounds. See Case Records of the MGH for more information including the schedule of upcoming conferences and how to search for published cases on the New England Journal of Medicine website.
Continuing Medical Education Courses
The department offers a broad array of continuing medical education (CME) courses for practicing pathologists and other physicians.
Global Health Program
The Pathology Global Health Program offers opportunities to collaborate with healthcare providers and academics in developing countries. In the context of global health, the opportunity for knowledge transfer and improved laboratory diagnostics promises great returns.
The Walter G. J. Putschar Lectureship of the Pathology Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital is an annual visiting lectureship celebrating the legacy of Dr. Walter Putschar.