Residency Overview

I found my niche. I made amazing friends and we had lots of great memories together.

- Zehra Ordulu, MD

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Pathology Residency Programs seek to train the next generation of leaders in diagnostics, education and investigation while providing the highest quality of innovative care. The discipline of pathology is devoted to the definitive diagnosis and the understanding of the pathogenesis of human disease. We believe that a solid foundation of knowledge of human pathology and understanding of disease mechanisms is essential for careers in clinical practice and research. Both practitioners and researchers must, in addition, be skilled at synthesizing information, communicating it to others, and teaching. Our programs recognize that each distinct career path in pathology has an optimal blend of training experiences, therefore we provide all residents the opportunity to customize their training to support individual interests and career goals within the constraints of the requirements of the American Board of Pathology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Despite the big program name and even bigger faculty names, this is a place where you will feel supported and most importantly, at home. You'll learn from the best in a safe and friendly environment.

- Tiffany Miller, MD

Key strengths of the BWH and MGH pathology training programs are the high volume of routine and challenging specimens, the clinical and academic expertise of the faculty, the daily involvement of the faculty in training the residents, the enthusiasm and high quality of our residents, and the flexibility of our programs in constructing individual training pathways.

Learning occurs at daily sign-out sessions, and at working and teaching conferences at which residents discuss their interpretation of pathological findings and laboratory results with senior pathologists, present pathology and laboratory findings to clinicians, and review and present relevant literature. Formal didactic lectures are provided by both AP and CP faculty throughout training. Just as important are the innumerable informal discussions with staff and co-residents that solidify knowledge and build professional connections.

Given our shared values and commitment to pathology residency education, we look forward to this new era of joint training which will harness the best aspects of both departments.