Anatomic Pathology Curriculum

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

  • Orientation in Clinical and Anatomical Pathology (8 weeks combined)
  • Autopsy pathology
  • Surgical pathology
  • Cytology - 3 months (2 months PGY1 - 1 month PGY4)
  • Forensic pathology (1 month)
  • Anatomical Pathology HOT SEAT (PGY4) – 1 month

Opportunity to rotate at Yale University, Elective Rotation, Western Connecticut Research Lab (mandatory Research rotation), and the Office of the Medical Examiner is included in the curriculum. 

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.  Fifty (50) 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.

We send our residents to Norwalk Hospital to perform autopsies so the resident can acquire the 50 required autopsies in their residencies and to give them a rounded Autopsy experience between the two hospitals.

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. The Pediatric Pathology Rotation is done at Yale University as a required rotation.

We also have a pediatric pathology faculty from Yale University.  The faculty presents interesting and unusual cases from their institution.  The resident also has a mandatory rotation at Yale for Peds/Neuro/Renal for one month in their PGY4 year.

Neuropathology Education

During the Required Elective rotation at Yale, two of the four week rotation are dedicated to Neuropathology. 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, faculty from the Yale Department of Pathology and by Dr. Dennis Chute and Dr. Kia Newman from the OCME.

Anatomical Pathology Schedule – 24 Months

  • Surgical Pathology – 18 months
  • Cytology – 3 months
  • Anatomical Pathology Orientation – 4 weeks
  • OCME – 1 month