Current Pathology & Immunology traineesFrom anatomic pathology to clinical pathology to combined anatomic and clinical pathology and more, our residency programs span many areas of pathology, with options to suit all interests. Although initial training is highly supervised, we emphasize acquiring skills that will allow residents to function as confident, independent and highly-effective members of a health care team.

 

The deadline for applications for 2020/2021 is September 30, 2019

Application process

Requirements for US graduates

  1. ERAS application
  2. Dean’s Letter
  3. Medical school transcript
  4. Personal statement
  5. USMLE score of 205 or above (first attempt)
  6. Photograph (optional)
  7. Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one from the US)

The deadline for applications for 2020/2021 is September 30, 2019

Requirements for foreign medical graduates

  1. ERAS application
  2. Valid ECFMG Certification
  3. Medical school transcript
  4. Personal statement
  5. USMLE score of 205 or above (first attempt)
  6. Photograph (optional)
  7. Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one from the US)

The deadline for applications for 2020/2021 is September 30, 2019

GME consortium requirement for pre-employment screening

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) has clarified HR Standard 1.20 to provide that hospitals are now required to screen trainees in the same manner as staff employed by the hospital if the trainees work in the same capacity as staff who provide care, treatment and services. In order to meet this standard and continue to provide safe, quality patient care and excellent educational opportunities, the GME Consortium has implemented additional screening requirements for trainees. These additional requirements are consistent with the requirements imposed on other employed staff.

House staff paid by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine are required to successfully pass all screening requirements including a drug test and criminal background check prior to beginning their training at this institution. All Consortium policies and procedures governing house staff are available on the GME website.

For additional information please contact:

Sue Pagano
Residency Training Program
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave., Box 8118
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-747-0687
spagano@wustl.edu

Neil Anderson
Program Director
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave., Box 8118
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-362-1307
nwanderson@wustl.edu

Salary and benefits

The salary schedule and benefits available to our residents are very competitive, especially considering the relatively low cost of living in St. Louis. The information below is current for the 2019-2020 school year for Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School Of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Immunology.

Post-graduate salaries (2019-2020 academic year)

PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3 PGY-4 PGY-5 PGY-6 PGY-7
$57,622 $59,915 $62,614 $65,433 $67,367 $70,396 $73,566

Benefits

Please refer to the Graduate Medical Education information.

Department of Pathology & Immunology resident benefits

  • Up to $900 for educational resources — excluding electronic devices
  • Financial reimbursement to conferences for first author presenters
  • While moonlighting is not permitted for trainees, a specific opportunity for compensated professional services is offered to qualified senior trainees through Washington University’s partnership with a local organ procurement organization
  • Noon seminars that frequently provide lunch
  • Access to the medical school’s eight-level library
  • Available desk/workspace for each resident, including desktop computer and microscope (for AP residents) in one of two residents’ rooms
  • Access to free on-site parking with shuttle service
  • Discounts of 30% in Barnes-Jewish Hospital cafeterias
  • Discounts in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital pharmacy when enrolled with one of the medical plans
  • Access to Washington University Core Facilities for research
  • Intradepartmental funds available for anatomic pathology research projects, up to $20,000

General information

Mentoring opportunities

Anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine residents work closely with department faculty in one-on-one interactions involving interpretation and diagnosis of autopsies and surgical specimens and in clinical laboratory diagnosis. All residents are encouraged to seek the ongoing counsel of their faculty advisors in selecting curricular options, in designing elective activities and in career planning. Residents also are strongly encouraged and provided ample opportunities to undertake in-depth investigative activities with any individual faculty mentors. Residents who aspire to academic careers in basic scientific investigation will develop long-term mentoring relationships with Washington University scientists in whose laboratories they undertake postdoctoral research training.

Resident input

The Department of Pathology & Immunology values the continuous input of residents in constantly refining and improving our residency program. Residents are strongly encouraged to discuss any academic or personal issues with their advisors or the department faculty member whom they feel would be most appropriate. Specific issues should be discussed first with their advisors and then the chief resident in anatomic pathology or laboratory medicine who can usually help in reaching a resolution. If a matter requires further consideration, residents or their advisors should consult the chief of service (surgical pathology, autopsy pathology or laboratory medicine) and, if necessary, the department chair. Residents also give input about the program and the faculty at an annual program/faculty review.

One of the department’s longstanding traditions is to provide core clinical and research training for individuals planning a career in academic pathology. However, our programs are also well-suited to individuals who plan to pursue careers in hospital- or community-based medical practice.

The goals of the residency program are to:

  • Ensure that residents become proficient in core clinical competencies and evidence- and practice-based medicine, while also acquiring essential interpersonal and communication skills
  • Train clinically-oriented residents in modern methods of clinical investigation to advance knowledge applied to anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine
  • Provide opportunities to participate in sophisticated biomedical research that advances knowledge of the molecular pathogenesis of human disease

Trainees in this department benefit from:

  • A high volume of complex as well as “bread and butter” cases
  • 55,000 surgical specimens per year
  • World-renowned faculty include Louis P. Dehner, MD, a highly gifted general surgical and pediatric pathologist; and Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, often dubbed “the father of the microbiome”
  • Numerous experts in their fields, covering several subspecialties, who are eager to teach residents at the microscope and in informal didactic sessions
  • Abundant clinical, translational and basic science research opportunities
  • 5 full-time pathologist assistants and one pathology assistant trainee
  • Clinical pathology with resident responsibilities essential to clinical care
  • A CAP certified and CLIA licensed lab that performs Next Generation Sequencing to direct the clinical care of patients with cancer

Meet our facultyLetter from our chiefs

Residency contact info

Sue Pagano
Residency Training Program
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave., Box 8118
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-747-0687
spagano@wustl.edu 

Neil Anderson
Program Director
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave., Box 8118
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-362-1307
nwanderson@wustl.edu

Marianna Ruzinova
Program Director
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave., Box 8118
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-362-7704
mruzinova@wustl.edu

Testimonial

“I chose Washington University in St. Louis for my pathology residency because of the exceptional faculty, the breadth of research opportunities, the outstanding clinical training, and the diverse group of residents and fellows who I now gladly call friends. At every turn, I have been impressed by the depth of knowledge and experience among both faculty and trainees. Although many of the faculty are leaders in their fields, they do not hold this as a point of pride but rather as an opportunity and even a mandate to pass on this knowledge to others. I feel fortunate to be part of the WashU tradition and benefit from so many great teachers and mentors. All said I couldn’t be happier with my experience in St. Louis and my time at WashU!”

– Daniel Webber, Fellow, Molecular Genetic Pathology

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