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Education in Pathology
Academic faculty shoulder the responsibility to provide a learning experience for students and residents that will catapult them into the professional arena as well-trained, knowledgeable, inquiring medical graduates and competent, compassionate, intellectually mature physicians. Pathology faculty have direct interactions with medical students at all levels and are significantly involved with curriculum development and oversight. Last year, the department launched its first 3+ Accelerated pathway program. The three-year MD Accelerated Pathways provide students the opportunity to complete medical school in three years with direct progression into one of Penn State's residency programs.
The Graduate Medical Education program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology hosts 16 residents and seven fellows, four in ACGME-accredited fellowships. Trainees participate in all activities within the department, obtaining requisite competencies through graduated responsibilities, as they progress towards their career goal of becoming competent diagnosticians and independent pathologists. Success is defined by a high pass rate on the American Board of Pathology examinations as well as placement of the department's residents into some of the most prestigious fellowship programs around the country.
The department also hosts a Medical Laboratory Scientist training program, which will graduate 10 trainees this year. With an intensive one-year-long didactic and bench-based program, graduates are ready to take on new positions in the medical laboratory.
We hope this brief introduction to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has sparked your interest and you will continue to explore our website and the field of Pathology. Come and visit us to get a firsthand look at our department and meet with our faculty, staff and trainees. We welcome the opportunity to meet and to discuss your interests and future academic endeavors.