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Types and Numbers of Appointments
Pathology training at Houston Methodist Hospital offers a total of twenty (20) residency positions, with an average of five (5) PGY1 positions offered annually through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Nineteen (19) subspecialty fellowship positions in ACGME-accredited and non-accredited programs are also offered in the areas of: clinical chemistry (1), cytopathology (2), hematopathology (4), histocompatibility and transplant immunology (HLA)(2), molecular genetic pathology (1), neuropathology (2), ophthalmic pathology (1), surgical pathology (5), and transfusion medicine (1) (see subspecialty descriptions).
The primary training site for the pathology residency programs is Houston Methodist Hospital, a 950-bed academic tertiary-care hospital listed as one of the country's top hospitals in eleven (11) specialties by U.S. News and World Report. The following are affiliated hospitals and training sites: The University of Texas Medical School 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), and The University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston.
A diverse 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 are performed at Houston Methodist Hospital annually. Facilities include state-of-the-art microscopes, an 18-headed teaching microscope with video setup, telepathology, on-line medical records and radiologic studies, internet access, molecular diagnostics, flow cytometry, apheresis, HLA, cryopreservation, immunocytochemistry, SurePath and ThinPrep techniques in cytopathology, and a fine-needle aspiration clinic. An accredited medical laboratory science program is also an integral part of the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine.
Houston is the fourth largest city in the country and the largest city in the Southwest. Major league sports (baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and minor league hockey) as well as internationally renowned museums, symphony, opera, ballet, and theatre are a vital part of the city. 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 an abundance of 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 annual stipend for a PGY-1 resident for 2009-2010 is $47,257. Hospitalization, life, and malpractice insurances, and parking are provided free of cost to residents/fellows. Tuition forgiveness ($2,000 per year for up to 3 years) is paid at graduation to residents who have completed their entire residency training program at Houston Methodist. Affordable housing is available near the Texas Medical Center.
The Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine provides selected texts for PGY-1 residents, an annual book fund to residents PGY-2 and above, and membership in state and national organizations/societies for all residents and fellows. The department also provides funding to residents and fellows to attend three in-state meetings each year, and a sponsored meeting of individual choice is provided to PGY-4 residents. Also, platform and/or poster presentations by residents/fellows at state and national meetings are financially supported by the department. Additional funds for educational activities (of $1,600 annually for PGY-2 and above, and $2,000 for all graduating residents and fellows) are provided by the Graduate Medical Education Department.