Thank you for your interest in the pathology residency program at Washington University! We have loved training here and want to share some of the reasons we think you will too.

Over the past several years, we’ve seen firsthand how committed the department is to resident education. Here, we work with dedicated faculty members, oftentimes world-renowned experts, from day one, allowing us to build relationships with outstanding mentors that are sure to last beyond our training. We also have the pleasure of working with an outstanding team of experienced researchers, cytotechnologists, pathology assistants and laboratory managers. As part of a rapidly evolving field, our department has stayed at the forefront of change, incorporating subspecialty sign-out, digital pathology, telepathology, advanced laboratory automation and molecular diagnostic methodologies throughout the training experience. Our residents also take full advantage of a variety of leadership opportunities, such as the department’s Trainee Leadership Committee, the medical center’s House Staff Quality and Safety Council and the national CAP Resident House of Delegates and USCAP Ambassador Program. With many medical students rotating with us on our clinical rotations, teaching and mentoring opportunities are also readily available. Our graduates come out both well-rounded and highly sought-after, whether we choose to pursue academics, private practice, research or industry.

Having close ties to the larger Washington University campus, there are opportunities to get involved in all types of research, from the more clinically based to the basic sciences. Trainees have been involved in projects ranging from intraoperative imaging evaluation and imaging mass spectrometry to computer-assisted image analysis and machine learning. The department does a fantastic job at encouraging these endeavors, including providing departmental funding for new projects and supporting presentations at national and international conferences. As such, virtually every trainee has gotten the chance to share their work at highly regarded meetings, even those who aren’t necessarily planning for an academic career.

Residency can be challenging, but having fellow trainees that are dedicated to learning and helping each other has made our experience far more enjoyable. We actively seek out ways to help each other overcome challenges and attain each individual’s personal and professional goals. The department sponsors regular social events, including monthly “Liver Rounds,” and the more laboratory medicine-focused “Toxicology Rounds,” where we unwind with our fellow trainees and faculty over food and drinks, creating a sense of community. We also love to hang out outside of work, whether it be sampling the fares at the many farmers markets and food trucks throughout the city, getting out of town to explore the fabulous Missouri State Parks, having group playdates with our children, going salsa dancing, hitting the local trampoline parks and climbing gyms, or meeting up at one of our favorite restaurants, cocktail bars or craft breweries.

Please contact us! We are happy to answer any questions that you might have.


Ivan Gonzalez
2019-2020 co-chief, Anatomic Pathology
Aidas Mattis
2019-2020 co-chief, Resident Engagement and Recruitment
Chris O’Conor
2019-2020 co-chief, Clinical Pathology
Lulu Sun
2019-2020 co-chief, Anatomic Pathology