Welcome and Overview

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in our program.

Our residency program was started in 1983; just one year after ETSU's Quillen College of Medicine graduated its first class, and has been continuously accredited by the ACGME since that time. The primary goal of this residency program is to produce board certified pathologists who are able to effectively and competently practice pathology and laboratory medicine in community hospitals, and are well-prepared to seek advanced fellowship training if they are interested in specialization, or an academic career. To that end, we focus on combined AP/CP and have a total of eight residents in the program (two per class).

Training occurs in the closely adjacent, James H Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU, Johnson City Medical Center, and the James H Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This allows our program to offer residents experience in an academic setting, a large community teaching hospital, and a Veterans Hospital, all closely located together in a beautiful campus setting. The combined annual workload includes approximately 2,722,050 laboratory tests, 32,200 surgical specimens, 37,600 cytology specimens, and 390 autopsies (including approximately 350 forensic autopsies from the William Jenkins Forensic Center, which is a division of the Department of Pathology). The quantity and breadth of the clinical material allows for a well-rounded education in all aspects of pathology.

We are passionate about pathology and about training pathology residents. Our program offers residents a supportive and nurturing learning environment with focus on the individual resident's educational objectives. With some exceptions, our faculty members tend to be generalists with expertise in a subspecialty. This allows the resident to be exposed to a wide variety of material in the random order typical of generalist practices, but at the same time having subspecialty expertise readily available for consultation. Residents participate in the academic and scholarly activities of the Department of Pathology and its affiliated hospitals. Participation in research is strongly encouraged and supported, but is not required.

We are located in an area endowed with a moderate climate and natural beauty with abundant outdoor recreational opportunities available year-round. Johnson City offers many of the amenities one expects in urban centers, but retains the feel of a small university town.

We hope that you will give our program serious consideration. If after exploring our website you still have any questions, we would be delighted to answer them.

With best wishes,

Salah Shurbaji, MD
Director, Pathology Residency Program