The Department of Pathology offers intensive, yet flexible, training in clinical, autopsy, surgical, cytological, and experimental pathology. This training is designed to prepare physicians for careers in academic and private practice pathology, and consists of 48 months of training of which up to 12 months are designated as electives.
The first year involves training primarily in surgical and autopsy pathology with 3 months usually devoted to clinical pathology. Residents spend the remaining 36 months training in surgical and cytopathology, hematopathology, microbiology, transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry, molecular pathology, and electives including dermatopathology, neuropathology, pediatric pathology, and forensic pathology. Residents may elect to spend up to six months devoted to a specialized area of research. Didactic seminars and tutorials exploring fundamental problems in all aspects of pathology reduce the apprenticeship aspects of the training program. Additional fellowship training is available in blood banking/transfusion medicine, cytopathology, dermatopathology, forensic pathology, hematology pathology, and pediatric pathology.
Sub-specialization, to meet increasing demands and complexity of modern pathology, is encouraged and made possible by the large faculty with diverse interests. Faculty with specialty interests and research programs in ultra-structural aspects of disease, molecular pathology, and biochemistry as they apply to dermatopathology, gastrointestinal and hepatic disease, endocrine and gynecological pathology, hematology, transfusion medicine, coagulation, neoplasia, cardiac pathology, renal and pulmonary disease, immunopathology, cytogenetics, neuropathology, transplantation pathology, pediatric pathology, and skeletal pathology participate in the program. Training in forensic pathology and dermatopathology are offered as resident rotations. Pathology training utilizes the staff and facilities of University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Health Medical Center, and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
In addition to preparing trainees for the practice of pathology, the training of medical scientists in experimental pathology is a central focus.
All residents are required to complete a scholarly project. This may be completed during a core rotation, during an elective rotation, or for residents successfully completing the required rotations, may consist of blocks of up to 6 months of research elective, during which residents may spend time in a laboratory working on research projects sponsored by faculty advisors. House officers teach in the interactive pathology course for sophomore medical students during which case-oriented presentations are employed in small group sessions.
There are close liaisons with specialty areas of clinical departments, including dermatology, pediatrics, nephrology, neurology, transplantation surgery, oncology, and the basic sciences.