Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pathology
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Director's Message

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

The goal of our residency program is to train well-rounded physicians in anatomic and/or clinical pathology for a diversity of practice settings and subspecialty areas. Our program aims to:

  • Provide a comprehensive and nurturing training environment in the multidisciplinary, academic setting of Northwestern, which promotes the practice of evidence-based medicine and prepares residents to be competitive for successful careers in a diversity of practice settings.
  • Offer a strong, well-balanced didactic and practical curriculum in anatomic and clinical pathology with a vast variety and volume of specimens and a good balance of education, research and clinical service work with attention to quality improvement and patient safety.
  • Recruit high-achieving pathology resident candidates with characteristics that would lead to success in clinical care, scholarship, advocacy and leadership.
  • Recruit and retain outstanding clinical and research faculty who provide leadership, subspecialized teaching and mentorship in both clinical and research realms.

Our residents are the foundation of the program and, as a group, give the program its character. We emphasize a collaborative, collegial and supportive environment. Faculty mentors play a major role in resident education and career development, guiding residents as they navigate the different disciplines and decide on specific career paths. We are excited to train our residents to be successful diagnostic pathologists, academicians and leaders in the field.

Strong clinical training is the foundation of our program and the hallmark of our graduates. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, our primary training site, is consistently ranked as the top hospital in Illinois and in the top 10 nationwide. It is the busiest hospital in the region, with over 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 three to four years of training.  Our trainees benefit from active participation in robust interdisciplinary programs in multiple oncologic and other specialties and participate in quality improvement projects.

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, where a large number and variety of subspecialty fellowships are available.

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

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