Residency Program

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The pathology residency program provides a teaching experience with a broad and diverse spectrum of pathology

The Department of Pathology offers a fully accredited training program in anatomic and clinical pathology, over a four-year period.

About the Residency Program

The Department of Pathology supports 27 Post-graduate physician residency positions and 14 post-residency fellowship positions. Occasionally, residents choose anatomic pathology (AP) alone but most complete an integrated AP/Clinical pathology (CP) program.

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Contact
Wesley Y. Naritoku, MD, PhD
Residency Program Director
Email: naritoku@usc.edu
Phone: (323) 409-4698

AP and CP rotations are intermixed throughout the 4 years of training at various institutions including LAC+USC Medical Center, USC Keck/Norris University Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Research is strongly encouraged with numerous, available research projects in various fields. Medical student teaching is also encouraged at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

Average Annual Case Numbers
LAC Surgical Pathology: 13,000
LAC Gynecologic Pathology: 6,000
Keck Surgical Pathology: 14,500

Resident AP/CP program
27 months of AP, 19 months of CP
The AP/CP program provides early exposure to all fields of pathology, 2 months of elective, and up to 3 weeks for vacation or additional elective per academic year. Structured curriculum and graduated responsibilities are emphasized in both AP and CP rotations.

AP rotations
Anatomic Pathology Boot Camp (1 month), Autopsy/Liver/Neuropathology (3 months), Surgical Pathology (5 months at LAC Medical Center and 5 months at Keck Hospital of USC), Gynecologic Pathology (5 months at LAC Medical Center), Dermatopathology (1 month), Renal/Pulmonary Pathology (1 month), Cytopathology (4 months), Pediatric Pathology (1 month at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles), and Medical Examiners (1 month at Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office).

CP Rotations
Hematology-Hematopathology (6 months), Transfusion Medicine (4 months with 2 weeks at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for Apheresis), Microbiology (2 months), Chemistry/Informatics/Lab Management (2 months), Molecular Pathology (1 month), Keck Clinical Pathology (2 months), Coagulation and Hemostasis (1 month 3 of 4 weeks at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center), and Cytogenetics/Molecular Cytogenomics (1 month at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles).

About Los Angeles

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.

Application

All prospective applicants wishing to apply to our program must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Our requirements for application include:

  • Common application form
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • MSPE/ Dean’s Letter
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of 3)
  • Photograph
  • USMLE transcript
  • ECFMG status report – foreign graduates only