Curriculum

 

Our residency focuses on the combined AP-CP track. The residency typically takes four years to complete. The program uses four-week block rotations. Residents must successfully complete a minimum of 192 weeks (48 four-week blocks) of training. The four-week block schedule permits 13 blocks per academic year, and may allow residents to earn rotation credits in excess of the minimum required (depending on how leave is managed). The current recommended curriculum for the combined AP/CP residency is outlined below (using the 13 blocks/year): 

PGY 1:

AP: 44 Weeks (11 blocks):

Surgical Pathology 36 weeks (9 blocks), Cytopathology 4 weeks (1 block), and Autopsy/Forensic Pathology 4 weeks (1 block).

CP: 8 Weeks (2 blocks):

Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine 4 weeks (1 block), and Hematopathology 4 weeks (1 block).

 

PGY2:

AP: 32 weeks (8 blocks):

Surgical Pathology 20 weeks (5 blocks), Cytopathology 4 weeks (1 block), Dermatopathology 4 weeks (1 block), and Neuropathology 4 weeks (1 block).

CP: 20 Weeks (5 blocks):

Chemistry 8 weeks (2 blocks), Microbiology 4 weeks (1 block), Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine 4 weeks (1 block), and Hematopathology 4 weeks (1 block).

 

PGY3:

AP: 28 weeks (7 blocks):

Surgical Pathology 12 weeks (3 blocks), SP-teaching Elective or SP 4 weeks (1 block), Cytopathology 4 weeks (1 block), and Renal/Electron Microscopy 4 weeks (1 block), and Autopsy/Forensic Pathology 4 weeks (1 block).

CP: 24 Weeks (6 blocks):

Chemistry 4 weeks (1 block), Microbiology 4 weeks (1 block), Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine 4 weeks (1 block), Hematopathology 4(1 block), Lab Management & Informatics-I 4 weeks (1 block), Molecular Pathology 4 weeks (1 block).

 

PGY4:

AP: 12 weeks (3 blocks):

Surgical Pathology 8 (2 blocks), and Cytopathology 4 (1 block).

CP: 20 weeks (5 blocks):

Chemistry 4 weeks (1 block), Microbiology 4 weeks (1 block), Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine 4 weeks (1 block), Hematopathology 4 weeks (1 block), and Lab Management & Informatics-II 4 weeks (1 block).

Electives: Up to 20 weeks (5 blocks) may be possible. One block must be taken in a CP discipline. Other electives can be taken in either AP or CP. Elective rotations are available in all disciplines and subspecialties and can be tailored to the individual resident’s needs. Any of the required rotations may be repeated as an elective.

Certain subjects (example: Hospital Autopsy, pediatric pathology, cytogenetics, and others) are integrated across one or more rotations. The sequence and the total number of assignments to each hospital site are carefully considered to allow maximal educational benefit. Scheduling considerations may cause some minor shifts of rotations between years of training without affecting the overall four-year curriculum. 

The required curriculum also includes:

-        Two-week rotation to Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network in Maryville Tennessee.

-        Two-week rotation to Outpatient Cytopathology Center in Johnson City, Tennessee that provides residents with specialized training in FNA and ultra-sound-guided FNA.

-        One-week rotation to the Marsh Regional Blood Center, Kingsport, Tennessee that provides experience in donor services and component testing and processing.




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