Anatomic Pathology Curriculum

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency Program

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Danbury Hospital provides a well-integrated training program in Anatomical Pathology that includes:

  • Autopsy pathology
  • Surgical pathology
  • Cytology
  • Molecular pathology
  • Immunopathology
  • Electron microscopy
  • Forensic pathology

Opportunity to rotate at Yale University, AFIP, and the Office of the Medical Examiner is included in the curriculum.

The first 12 months of your rotation include:

  • Orientation in Anatomic Pathology (1 month)
    • Surgical Pathology (gross and micro)
    • Autopsy
    • Immunohistochemistry and Electron Microscopy
    • Histology
  • Surgical Pathology and Autopsy (10 months)
  • Cytology (4 weeks)

The next 12 months of your rotation include:

  • Surgical Pathology and Autopsy (9 months)
  • Forensic Pathology (Farmington, Medical Examiners Office for 4 weeks)
  • Cytology (4 weeks)
  • Elective time (4 weeks)

Autopsy Pathology Education

This aspect of the anatomic pathology education is accomplished by providing hands-on experience in all aspects of autopsy pathology, combined with gross pathology lectures and case presentations for the medical mortality conferences. The length of the rotation is 18 months and it is combined with the surgical pathology rotation.

The program facilitates the autopsy number requirements by combining the number of hospital-based autopsies (average 81 cases a year) with a mandatory forensic pathology rotation at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Connecticut. At the time that our residents graduate from the program, they have completed more than the 50 required autopsies.

Electron Microscopy Education

Training in Electron Microscopy (EM) includes didactic lectures and review of surgical cases and interesting cases from the archives. An EM rotation at Yale University Medical School is required.

Pediatric Pathology Education

Pediatric Pathology education is covered by faculty lectures and case presentations. Over the period of four years, the lectures cover all aspects of pediatric pathology, including surgical and autopsy pathology. Pediatric autopsy cases at our institution are performed by our residents under the guidance of the attending pathologists; microscopic review is with all residents in a timely manner.

We also have a pediatric pathology faculty from Yale University and Hartford Hospital (University of Connecticut). The faculty presents interesting and unusual cases from their institutions.

Neuropathology Education

Residents' education in the field of neuropathology is comprised of a combination of surgical cases, Autopsy cases, and academic lectures given by our faculty at Danbury Hospital.

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