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.

We work with dedicated faculty members, oftentimes world-renowned experts. This allows us to build relationships with outstanding mentors from day one, which are sure to last beyond our training. We are also supported by an outstanding team of cytotechnologists, pathology assistants, as well as laboratory technologists, and managers. The training programs have also undergone several major changes in the last few years. These changes include integrating the anatomical pathology (AP) and clinical pathology (CP) training schedules to ensure AP and CP experience across all training years in the residency, as well as adopting subspecialty AP sign-outs and establishing more subspecialty surgical pathology fellowships. While implementing these changes came with their challenges, it is also a testament to the department’s commitment to making sure its training programs are always compatible with the rapidly evolving trends of the field. Most recently, an Office of Education was also established to provide additional support to all educational efforts in the department.

Besides the training programs, our department has also been adopting practices such as computational pathology and clinical informatics. A new Computational and Digital Pathology seminar series, which features presentations by both internal and invited speakers, was created last academic year and will continue this year. Our whole slide imaging and new high-tech cameras connected to attending’s microscope allow trainees to join remotely hosted “unknown sessions” and interdisciplinary virtual sign-out sessions. Trainees attend a Clinical Informatics course that runs throughout the academic year and is all required to lead a quality improvement project. Our residents also take full advantage of many 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. Most trainees have presented their work at highly regarded meetings. At ACLPS 2019, we had a representation of 12 podium presentations and 8 young investigator awards, one of the largest representations in the country. At USCAP and SPP 2020 we had 29 abstracts accepted, an extraordinary success for a very competitive meeting.  In 2020-2021 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our trainees did not miss a beat, and presented at national and international meetings in a virtual setting.

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. For example, we have started a peer mentorship program this year and the department sponsors regular social events, including monthly “Liver Rounds” and “Toxicology Rounds”, where we unwind with our fellow trainees and faculty over food and drinks, creating a sense of community. Our department also had outstanding participation in a GME-sponsored Scavenger Hunt across all residency programs at Wash U. We also love to hang out outside of work, whether it be sampling the fares at the many farmer’s 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.


Nicolas Kostelecky
2021-2022 Co-Chief, Anatomic Pathology

Liang Lu
2021-2022 Co-Chief, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology

Lily Mahapatra
2021-2022 Co-Chief, Resident Engagement and Recruitment

Ryan Sappenfield
2021-2022 Co-Chief, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology