Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pathology

Anatomic Pathology Track


The 3 year residency in Anatomic Pathology at the Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine provides an intensive 3 year training program covering all aspects of anatomic pathology.  The goal of this track is to provide a firm foundation in the field and to prepare trainees for additional training, typically in forensic pathology or a subspecialty area of anatomic pathology. 

Rotations in the various areas of anatomic pathology are spread throughout all 3 years of training and provide longitudinal exposure to the entirety of the field in addition to providing time for electives.  Each academic year is comprised of 13 rotation blocks.  A typical resident’s schedule is provided below.  All rotations take place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital unless otherwise stated.


            6 blocks Surgical Pathology

            2 blocks Autopsy Pathology

            2 blocks Hematopathology (bone marrow)

            1 block Molecular Pathology

            1 block Neuropathology

            1 block Elective


            4 blocks Surgical Pathology

            2 blocks Pediatric Anatomic Pathology (at Lurie Children’s Hospital)

            2 blocks Cytopathology

            2 blocks Hematopathology (flow cytometry and lymph node)

            1 block Autopsy Pathology

            1 block Dermatopathology

            1 block Elective


            3 blocks Surgical Pathology

            1 block Surgical Pathology Teaching Senior (Training of PGY1s)

            2 blocks Hematopathology

            2 blocks Cytopathology

            1 block Forensic Pathology

            1 block Advanced Molecular Pathology/Cytogenetics

            1 block Renal Pathology/Immunology

            2 blocks Elective

Residency Application Process

The Pathology Residency Program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. All applications are processed through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

For consideration, we require:

-Current CV
-Minimum 3 letters of recommendation
-Official medical school transcripts
-Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) with Dean’s letter
-USMLE Step scores 1 & 2 (minimum score is 200)
-ECFMG certificate (international applications only)
-Proof of US citizenship or valid visa (international applicants only)

Once accepted into the program, the Illinois licensure process begins.  Trainees will not be able to start residency without a valid Illinois license. Deadline: Residency applications must be received by December 1st for consideration for the following academic year.

Detailed information of housestaff benefits can be obtained from the McGaw Medical Center for Graduate Medical Education. For more information, contact