The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, an affiliate of the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, offers ACGME-accredited training in combined anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP), in anatomic pathology (AP only), and in clinical pathology (CP only). Residents are encouraged through graduated responsibility under supervision to develop skills that will allow them to practice competently and independently upon completion of their training. The training program is centered at the largest private academic tertiary care hospital in the Texas Medical Center (TMC). Rotations at other institutions in the TMC supplement the educational experience (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences) with elective opportunities as available at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX. Investigative opportunities are provided and encouraged, with residents expected to participate in scholarly activities leading to publication. A formal Methodist Pathology Resident Research Program (MPRRP) is also available. The primary goal of the program is to prepare clinician-scientists for highly productive careers in academic medicine through an intensely mentored research experience. Support is available for up to 3 years after core residency requirements are complete.
The teaching faculty is internationally renowned with expertise in major subspecialty areas of both anatomic pathology and clinical pathology. Anatomic pathology areas of expertise include multi-organ transplantation, soft tissue and bone pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, dermatopathology, head and neck pathology, cytopathology, renal pathology, genitourinary pathology, pulmonary pathology, ophthalmic pathology, neuropathology (neurodegenerative, forensic, and neoplastic), placental and fetal pathology, cardiovascular pathology, autopsy pathology, forensic pathology (Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences), and immunohistochemistry. Expertise in clinical pathology subspecialties includes clinical chemistry, core laboratory services, immunology, serology, hematopathology (bone marrow and lymph node interpretation, and including flow cytometry), molecular diagnostics, microbiology (bacteriology, mycology, virology, mycobacteriology, and parasitology), specialized ophthalmic microbiology service, transfusion medicine (donor services, transfusion service, therapeutic apheresis, and peripheral blood progenitor cell harvesting), coagulation, and transplant immunology (HLA). Management training is provided during all rotations and focuses on economic, regulatory, operational, and administrative aspects of pathology practice. Clinical pathology consultation is provided within each rotation and on-call 24/7 under the supervision of faculty. Subspecialty area rotations include cytogenetics, HLA, flow cytometry, and molecular diagnostics.
Senior residents are expected to mentor and teach junior residents in pathology. Residents are expected to participate in intradepartmental conferences, tumor boards, and hospital and citywide interdisciplinary conferences. Didactic teaching conferences in both anatomic and clinical pathology are provided, as well as microscopic tutorials. Subspecialty training in ACGME-accredited fellowship programs in cytopathology, hematopathology, histocompatibility and transplant immunology (HLA), molecular genetic pathology, neuropathology (in conjunction with The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center), ophthalmic pathology, surgical pathology, and transfusion medicine are currently offered. A ComACC-accredited fellowship in clinical chemistry is also offered.
Elective rotations for medical students are also available. For more information or to schedule a rotation, please contact Leah (Ginger) Jozwiak at 713-441-3496 or Ijozwiak@houstonmethodist.org.