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Pathology Residency, Royal Oak

The pathology residency program has one of the largest volumes of surgical and clinical pathology specimens in the country, but operates with a small class size; accepting only 3 new residents each year. The small program size, coupled with the high volume of complex and diverse cases provides for a unique approach to resident education. This affords for a more personalized approach with faculty allowing for optimal supervision, attention, and guidance. Our high volume affords the residents continuous exposure to a plethora of complex and challenging cases. Our high volume of community outreach material also ensures extensive exposure to biopsies an routine surgical cases as well. Our department also offers fellowship training in cytopathology, hematopathology, chemical pathology, and transfusion medicine.


The anatomic pathology curriculum includes:

  • autopsy pathology
  • general surgical pathology
  • cytopathology
  • dermatopathology
  • neuropathology
  • pediatric and perinatal pathology
  • molecular pathology
  • clinical and molecular cytogenetics
  • electron microscopy
  • forensic pathology
  • hepatic, renal, and transplant pathology

The anatomic pathology program is strengthened by affiliations with Detroit's Children's Hospital of Michigan and the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.


The clinical pathology curriculum includes

  • hematopathology
  • coagulation
  • transfusion medicine
  • clinical chemistry
  • toxicology
  • analytical cytometry
  • image analysis
  • immunology
  • cytogenetics
  • molecular pathology
  • microbiology (bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, mycobacteriology, virology)
  • informatics
  • laboratory administration 

Board-certified (primary and sub-specialty), expert faculty includes 20 anatomic pathologists, 12 clinical pathologists, 6 Ph.D.s and vast array of certified laboratory technologists and scientists all committed to training competent pathologists.  

Program Mission

Our program’s mission centers on providing a comprehensive learning environment to graduate competent, well-rounded academic residents that become strong physician leaders and educators capable of providing compassionate, extraordinary, patient and family-centered care to the diverse communities they serve.

Program Aim

  • to provide our residents with a comprehensive educational program, ample experience, graduated responsibility, opportunities for investigative work, and exposure to an abundance of diverse case material.
  • to continue to be a leader in resident education focused on extraordinary outcomes through education and innovation to graduate competent residents capable of autonomously delivering superb patient and family-centered care.
  • to graduate residents capable of serving diverse communities with the skills necessary to practice in either a private, academic, urban or rural setting. 
  • to produce pathologists who understand the need to continually monitor and assess their own physical and mental well-being with the ability
  • to acquire new knowledge and skills to maintain competency via self-reflection, assessment and lifelong learning. 
  • to educate our residents to the concept that medicine only progresses and expands by our important contributions and collaborations in both research and education. 
  • to develop strong physician educators who understand the importance of lifelong learning of new skills and knowledge throughout their career.

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