Residency and Fellowship Programs
Wesley Y. Naritoku, M.D., Ph.D.
Residency Program Director
Keck USC/LAC+USC Medical Center/VAGLAHS
1100 North State Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone (323) 409-4698
Fax (323) 441-8193
LAC+USC MEDICAL CENTER/KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA/VETERANS AFFAIRS GREATER LOS ANGELES HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
A fully accredited training program in anatomic and clinical pathology is offered over a four year period. In October 2003, the Pathology Residency Training Program at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) underwent a merger with the LAC+USC Medical Center/Keck of Medicine of the University of Southern California (LAC+USCMC) that was approved by the Pathology RRC. Occasionally, residents choose anatomic pathology alone but most complete an integrated AP/CP program. Training is offered in autopsy pathology, surgical pathology, oral pathology, liver pathology, renal pathology, lung pathology, dermatopathology, cytopathology, forensic pathology, neuropathology, hematopathology, microbiology, transfusion medicine, chemical pathology, toxicology, immunopathology, molecular pathology, cytogenetics, laboratory management, information science, electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and other specialty areas. Graded responsibility is emphasized in all areas. LAC+USC Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital and provides experience with a broad and diverse spectrum of pathology. The residency program includes rotations at the VAGLAHS, USC University Hospital which is merging with the Norris Cancer Hospital that complement the experience at the Medical Center. In addition, as part of the core curriculum, forensic pathology is also provided at the Los Angeles, County Coroner's Office. Fellowship positions are available in surgical pathology, hematopathology, neuropathology, and cytopathology. Postgraduate physicians actively participate in the teaching programs of the University of Southern California Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. Research is strongly encouraged and teaching is expected.
TYPES AND NUMBERS OF APPOINTMENTS
A total of 41 positions are available to support the residency and fellowship positions. Twenty-seven (27) GY-1 to GY-4 AP/CP positions (20 funded by LAC+USC, 7 funded by VAGLAHS), 7 surgical pathology (5 funded by LAC+USC, 2 funded by Keck/USC), 4 cytopathology, 2 hematopathology, and 1 neuropathology fellowship positions are available. Admission to a fellowship is by application.
The base salary is higher at VAGLAHS and the benefits will differ from the County of Los Angeles and the VAGLAHS.
The LAC+USC Medical Center has a capacity of 600 beds in one unit on a single campus with more than 36,000 admissions and more than 562,000 outpatient visits per year. Patients of all ages, backgrounds and ethnic groups are cared for, representing a vast variety of diseases in such numbers that the rare becomes almost commonplace. A large modern laboratory with facilities in several buildings employs more than 300 laboratory personnel. Annually, approximately 100 autopsies (additional akutopsy experience is incorporated into the program through the VAGLAHS and the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office), 22,360 surgical specimen examinations, 21,504 cytologic examinations (2,310 fine needle aspirations, 2,927 non-gynecologic, and 16,069 pap smears), and more than 7,832,054 total laboratory procedures. Research facilities are available for a wide variety of procedures including tissue culture, germ free techniques, molecular pathology and others. Teaching conferences for post graduate physicians and students are held daily in several conference rooms including a departmental library and multidiscipline teaching laboratories. Extensive library facilities exist within the department, hospital, and the Norris Library of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California> Residents also have access to current computers with Pentium processors and internet access. The VAGLAHS is a 945-bed general healthcare system. Annually, the laboratory system performs over 3 1/2 million clinical laboratory tests, 48 autopsies, 10,421 surgical pathology specimens, 1,681 cytological specimens, approximately 179 fine-needle aspirations (FNAs), and 261 bone marrow biopsies. Each office is shared by two residents and is equipped with a fully loaded network PC with flat screen monitors, and each resident has their own new microscope.
Los Angeles is a metropolitan community of 7,000,000 people with an unmatched year-round climate, readily accessible mountains, beaches, snow and surf, and as wide a variety of cultural, social, educational, recreational and sporting events as can be found anywhere in the world.
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