Program Directors' Message

Elizabeth A. Morgan, MD
Program Director, BWH Pathology Residency Training Program
W. Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD
Program Director, MGH Pathology Residency Training Program

Dear Applicants,

We are delighted that you are interested in learning about pathology residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). There are a lot of changes underway – keep reading for details!

Joint BWH-MGH Pathology Training

The BWH Pathology Residency Training Program, and the MGH Pathology Residency Training Program, are two outstanding - but historically separate - pathology residency programs, both located in Boston, Massachusetts and affiliated with Harvard Medical School. While the BWH and MGH pathology residencies have operated independently of one another for over 50 years, we are now coming together to embark on a new era in pathology training with the creation of a joint BWH-MGH residency training experience, beginning in July 2023. We welcome you to become part of this historic first class.

Why are we doing this?

Great question. Both BWH and MGH have exceptional track records in training the next generation of diagnosticians, educators, investigators and leaders in Pathology, while providing the highest quality of care for our patients. Moving forward, we will continue to do the same, only together!  

This joint endeavor mirrors efforts throughout the integrated healthcare system to which both of our hospitals belong, called Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners HealthCare). Residency training is not the only example of recent cooperation between the Departments of Pathology at BWH and MGH. We now have shared leadership in the form of a single Mass General Brigham Chief of Enterprise Pathology appointed March 1, 2022, Dr. David Louis, and our two departments are currently creating a fully integrated Mass General Brigham Enterprise Laboratory Service (MGBELS). MGBELS will comprise a Central Laboratory including anatomic, clinical, digital, and molecular pathology services, to support patient care operations, trainee education, and scientific innovation at BWH, MGH, and the other hospitals of the Mass General Brigham system. In addition, we will share a common Epic Beaker Laboratory Information System.

Joint educational initiatives are not new to Mass General Brigham. Many of our current pathology fellowships span both BWH and MGH (Dermatopathology, Transfusion Medicine, Molecular Genetic Pathology and Clinical Informatics, as well as Hematopathology starting in 2023), and many other Mass General Brigham residency programs have been providing combined training at both BWH and MGH for many years, including Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Radiation Oncology..

What will training look like?

Residents who start in July 2023 will be part of a large entering class - 22 of you, to be exact. All 22 residents will rotate in blocks at BWH and MGH, gaining exposure to a wide variety of clinical cases and practices, innovative technologies, research opportunities, educators and mentors. We believe that alternation of rotations between BWH and MGH will provide important perspectives on similarities and differences in all aspects of pathology practice and education at these two flagship academic medical centers. All residents will come together each day at noon (with the help of virtual technology) for joint didactic sessions and shared BWH-MGH departmental conferences such as Grand Rounds.  

What are our shared values?

For decades, both BWH and MGH Pathology Residency Training Programs have sought to recruit and cultivate the development of trainees by providing outstanding instruction in the clinical aspects of the discipline, abundant opportunities for clinical, translational, and basic research, and unique experiences for growth as an educator. Both programs constantly strive to innovate within our curriculums to ensure that we provide state-of-the-art training, and both departments provide exceptionally deep and far-ranging clinical and scientific opportunities, as well as the mentorship needed to prepare our graduates for success in a broad range of career paths. We welcome you to hear this in the words of our own trainees, speaking about the existing BWH (strengths, culture) and MGH programs. As you learn about us, we think you will agree that there are many parallels between our departments, and that our differences in approach balanced with our similarities in resources and commitment to education will result in an exceptional training experience.

Our departments are also committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all who work within our system. On the level of residency training, this begins at recruitment and continues throughout the training experience, where we provide welcoming, supportive and open work environments as well as opportunities for community involvement and outreach. Our programs work closely with the BWH and MGH Centers for Diversity and Inclusion to aid us in this mission. The advancement of our discipline and the care of our patients depends on a community of professionals who reflect all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, and differing abilities.

How do I apply?

Our ACGME application to formalize a new, fully integrated program (to be called the Mass General Brigham Pathology Residency Program) is currently under review. Therefore, to simplify the recruitment process this fall, all applications for a residency start date of July 1, 2023 (including all possible tracks - AP, AP/CP, AP/NP or CP) will be processed through the existing BWH application pathway in ERAS (ACGME Program Code 3002431146). Residents who match into this program will spend approximately half their time at BWH and half their time at MGH, with fully merged didactics and conferences at both. (Visit our How To Apply section for more detailed information).

How do I learn more?

We hope you will fully explore this website to learn more about our vision for a joint training experience. We also invite you to follow us on Twitter! @bwhpath @mghpathology

Thank you again for your interest in Pathology at BWH and MGH!

With warm regards,

Elizabeth A. Morgan, MD

Program Director
BWH Pathology Residency Training Program

W. Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD

Program Director
MGH Pathology Residency Training Program