Pathology is a fascinating medical field, with many opportunities and a number of different career paths within the many branches of diagnostic medicine. Unfortunately, medical students are often times not familiar with this interesting and evolving specialty.  And this is even more true for medical students underrepresented in medicine.  As a result, increasing diversity has been a challenge in pathology, and the field is at a disadvantage of not counting on the much broader perspectives that a diverse team may bring.

With that in mind, the Department of Pathology and Immunology at WUSM invites medical students from underrepresented in medicine backgrounds to join our department for a rotation and discover our specialty.  In an effort to stimulate this initiative, an award will be given to selected applicants, including stipends to facilitate their rotation. 

During the rotation, the invited student will have experiences in Anatomical pathology and Clinical pathology, interact with our residents and faculty and receive dedicated mentorship.  Our goal is to bring URiM medical students to pathology, and pathology to them.  

All applicants to our program go through the process for all visiting medical students at Washington University, using the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application. Students must be full-time, in good academic standing in their final year of medical school. Acceptance is contingent on space availability during the preferred time period.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Medical students enrolled in an allopathic or osteopathic medical school in the U.S.
  • Applicant self-identifies as a student URiM as defined by the AAMC
  • Complete Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application
  • Interest in pursuing a career in pathology
  • Preferably medical students prior to application for residency
Program Highlights
  • Participation in clinical and anatomic laboratory activities
  • Mentorship throughout a one-month rotation
  • Meet members of the Department of Pathology & Immunology
  • Get to know the most lively and eclectic neighborhoods in St. Louis – steps away from campus!
How to Apply
  • Please apply through our online application system at
  • Include documentation from your medical school indicating your good standing and eligibility for an away rotation
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (PDF)
  • Include a letter of support from a teacher or mentor
  • Include a two-page, double-spaced narrative indicating interest in the program, specifically your reasons for applying and what you expect to take away from the experience
Award Highlights
  • Invaluable experience with a nation-leading pathology department
  • $3,000 stipend per applicant
  • Paid lodging for non-WUSM students
  • Book award
  • Recognition Plaque presented upon program completion
Power of Path Committee

Nidia Messias, MD

Associate Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Director, Renal/Genitourinary (GU) Fellowship

Division: Anatomic & Molecular Pathology

Diversity Representative, Office of Faculty Development

Neil W. Anderson, MD, D(ABMM)

Associate Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Co-Section Head, Microbiology
Director, Residency Program

Division: Laboratory & Genomic Medicine

Brenda J. Grossman, MD, MPH

Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Professor of Medicine
Section Head, Transfusion Medicine

Division: Laboratory & Genomic Medicine

Diversity Representative, Office of Faculty Development

Mark A. Zaydman, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Division: Laboratory & Genomic Medicine

Kathleen Byrnes, MD

Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Director, MS3-4 AP Clinical Clerkship
Associate Director, Liver/GI Fellowship

Division: Anatomic & Molecular Pathology

Ariel Wu, MD

Chief Resident, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Vahid Azimi, MD

Resident, Clinical Pathology