Training Environment

Pathology Residency & Fellowship General Information


Types and Number of Positions

Houston Methodist Hospital, Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine offers training to a total of 20 anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP) residency positions annually, which includes an average of five PGY-1 positions offered each year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  In addition, we offer subspecialty training for a total of 20 subspecialty pathology fellowship positions.


Subspecialty program type and number of (positions) are as follows:
(See Fellowship Programs for descriptions)

  • Breast-GYN Pathology (1) - ACGME-accredited
  • Clinical Chemistry (1) – accredited through ComACC (The Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry)
  • Cytopathology (2) – ACGME-accredited
  • Hematopathology (4) – ACGME-accredited
  • Histocompatibility and Transplant Immunology-(HLA) (2) – (two year program) – one year accredited through ACGME, and one year accredited through ASHI (The American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics)
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology (1) – ACGME-accredited
  • Neuropathology (2) – ACGME-accredited (two year program)
  • Ophthalmic Pathology (1) – ACGME-accredited
  • Surgical Pathology (5) – ACGME-accredited
  • Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking (1) – ACGME-accredited


Facilities

Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center (TMC), Houston Methodist Hospital is a nationally recognized academic center and is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report’s. Houston Methodist, an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, a 950-bed private adult academic tertiary-care hospital, and is the primary training site for the pathology residency and fellowship programs. The following are affiliated hospitals and training sites within and near the (TMC), for pathology programs: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Memorial Hermann Hospital and Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital - adult and pediatric), The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (medical examiner's office), Baylor College of Medicine, Harris County Ben Taub General Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Houston Methodist Hospital experiences a diverse patient case load and case volume of approximately 32,000 surgical pathology accessions, 40,000 cytopathology specimens, 125 autopsies, and 2,500,000 clinical pathology accessions annually. Residents and fellows have access to state-of-the-art microscopes, an 18-headed teaching microscope with video conferencing setup, digital pathology, on-line medical records and radiologic studies, access to online immuno-query specimen case log system, access to Methodist library and to the Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) library, and access to collection of subspecialty texts housed in all resident/fellow rooms. Each pathology resident and fellow is provided their own personal desk, microscope, and computer throughout their training.   

Residents and fellows also have access to the research core facilities of the Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI). The HMRI is a state-of-the-art and cutting edge advanced technology center, with laboratories centered around cancer, cardiovascular disease, nanomedicine, infectious disease, regenerative medicine and others. All residents and fellows are expected to participate in scholarly activities leading to publication (a requirement of at least one publication for most pathology programs). In addition, the pathology department offers twice per year a fully paid research project opportunity as project lead and first author to any resident/fellow who submits the most interesting case. Proposals are submitted to the department Chair and a committee selects two winners per year.

 

Community

Houston is the fourth largest city in the country and the largest city in the Southwest, with the largest medical center, Texas Medical Center (TMC) in the world.  Major league sports (baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and minor league hockey) as well as international renowned museums, symphony, opera, ballet, and theatre are a vital part of the city. Affordable housing is available near the TMC, restaurants featuring multicultural cuisines are plentiful and affordable, and Galveston Island and the Gulf Coast are only 45 minutes away. The city is host to many popular annual festivals, including the International Festival (iFest), the Houston International Jazz Festival, the WorldFest-Houston Film Festival, and the Bayou City Art Festival. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest and oldest rodeo in the county. The city is served by two airports: George Bush Intercontinental to the north and William P. Hobby to the south.

 

Stipends and Maintenance

The approved annual salary by Houston Methodist for a PGY-1 resident for year 2016-2017 is $53,582. Medical, dental, vision, life, and malpractice insurances are provided free of cost to residents and fellows. Fees apply for dependent healthcare coverage. 

 

The Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine provides an annual book fund to all residents/fellows.  Selected texts are provided for PGY-1 residents, and PGY-2 and above including fellows receive $1,000/year for book allowance.  Membership fees are also paid by department for selected in-state and national organizations or societies for all residents and fellows. The department provides an annual travel fund to PGY-2 residents and above (including fellows) of $1,600/year, and $2,000 to graduates in their final year. Also, the department provides funding for all residents and fellows to attend three in-state meetings, and three local Houston area meetings each year. In addition, the department provides funding (for presentation meetings) – up to two presentation meetings per year for platform and/or poster presentations for all residents and fellows at state and/or national meetings – up to 4 days per meeting absence, and all expenses are financially supported by the department. In addition to what the department provides for travel allowance, the Houston Methodist GME office also provides funding for educational leave (for presentation meetings only) of $1,600 annually for PGY-2 and above, and $2,000 for all graduating residents and fellows.