Lulu Sun, MD, PhD, works in the resident room at the BJC Institute of Health. MATT MILLER/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

The residency programs offered through the Department of Pathology & Immunology span the broad disciplines of pathology, with programs available to suit all interests. The post-graduate training years are intense and demanding, but also rewarding and exciting. Although initial training is highly supervised, emphasis is placed on the acquisition of skills that will allow the resident to function as a confident and highly effective member of a healthcare team.

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.
  • To train clinically-oriented residents in modern methods of clinical investigation to advance knowledge applied to anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine.
  • To provide opportunities to participate in sophisticated biomedical research that advances knowledge of the molecular pathogenesis of human disease.

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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)
  8. The deadline for applications for 2020/21 is November 1, 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)
  8. The deadline for applications for 2020/2021 is November 1, 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

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

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 2017-2018 school year for Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School Of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Immunology.

Post-graduate salaries (2019-2020 academic year)

$57,622 $59,915 $62,614 $65,433 $67,367 $70,396 $73,566


Please refer to the Graduate Medical Education Benefits 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.