Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pathology

Director's Message

We welcome your interest in our Pathology Residency Program, supported by McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

The goal of this residency program is to train physicians in anatomic and/or clinical pathology for professional practice. Our residents are the foundation of the program, and as a group give the program its character. Faculty mentors guide residents as they navigate the different disciplines and decide on a specific career path. We are excited about training our residents to be successful and well rounded diagnostic pathologists and to also pursue and develop individual areas of subspecialty expertise and research. 

Strong clinical training is the foundation of our program and the hallmark of our graduates.  Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), our primary training site, is the busiest hospital in the region with almost 50,000 surgical specimens accessioned on an annual basis.  Our clinical volume is extremely diverse and residents are continually exposed to material from all areas of anatomic and clinical pathology throughout their 3-4 years of training.  NMH is consistently ranked within the top 10 hospitals nationwide and our trainees benefit from active participation in robust interdisciplinary programs in head and neck oncology, gynecologic oncology, GI oncology, GU oncology, breast oncology, thoracic oncology, and soft tissue oncology. 

The majority of our residents complete one or more research projects during the course of their training.  An internal grant process is in place whereby residents, working with faculty members, submit research proposals and obtain funding for clinical, translational, or basic research.          

Virtually all of our graduates enroll in subspecialty fellowship training and often choose to remain at Northwestern in one of the available fellowships.  Subspecialty fellowships in GI pathology, GU pathology, breast pathology, neuropathology, hematopathology, cytopathology and pediatric pathology (at Lurie Children’s Hospital) are available at Northwestern.  

We invite you to browse our residency information for details about our program as well as information about current residents and recent graduates.

Ajit Paintal, MD                                                   

Pathology Residency Program Director

Paintal

Ajit Paintal, MD
Residency Program Director