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Pathology-Specific Competencies Heading link

The Milestones are designed only for use in evaluation of resident in the context of their participation in ACGME accredited residency programs. The Milestones provide a framework for the assessment of the development of the resident in key dimensions of the elements of physician competency in a specialty or subspecialty. They neither represent the entirety of the dimensions of the six domains of physician competency, nor are they designed to be relevant in any other context.

Our evaluations are based on the Milestones and residents are assessed using them. They are helpful to guide the resident in their progression during residency.

Training Options Heading link

The University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Pathology offers a four-year, ACGME-accredited training program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Three-year programs in Anatomic or Clinical Pathology are also available for select individuals. Several fellowships are offered, including Surgical Pathology, Hematopathology, Cytopathology,  Informatics and Blood Banking / Transfusion Medicine.

All residents deliver presentations at the citywide Illinois Registry of Pathology meetings and are encouraged to submit abstracts and make presentations at national pathology meetings. Travel stipends are provided for residents to travel to meetings to present their faculty-guided research, translational and basic.

The curriculum offers the possibility of flexibility in the timing and choice of rotations and can be tailored to the interests and abilities of the resident. Training pathways for those who are interested in becoming clinician-scientists are available.

Sample Resident Curriculum Heading link

Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology rotations are scheduled in each residency year, reflecting the actual practice of many pathologists and the increasing relationships and intersections between these two broad areas of pathology.

All residents rotate at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and the community hospitals, but not every rotation is offered at each participating hospitals. Rotations must have adequate patient material and sufficient resources to offer an excellent educational experience.

The curriculum in place for the current academic year is shown below. Adjustments may be made to accommodate particular resident needs. The Education Committee continually reviews and modifies the curriculum as necessary to maintain the UIC educational experience at the highest level possible.


  1. Introduction to Anatomic Pathology (AP): (Surgical Pathology, Neuropathology, Pediatric Pathology, Autopsy)Five month rotationAll first year residents begin in AP with gradual responsibilities and with supervision done by faculty, pathology assistants, fellows and senior residents.
  2. Introduction to Clinical Pathology:Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Hematopathology and Microbiology
    Four uninterrupted monthsSurgical Pathology, UI Hospital or JBVAMC
    Two month rotationsAutopsy Pathology, covers UI Hospital, JBVAMC and John H. Stroger Hospital
    1 month


  • Surgical Pathology: Approximately eleven months
  • Cytopathology: Three months
  • Forensic Pathology *: One month
  • Hematology/Hematopathology, UI Hospital/ALGH: Four months
  • Advanced Chemistry and Immunoserology: Three months
  • Blood Banking / Transfusion Medicine: Two months
  • Microbiology: Two months
  • Cytogenetics / Molecular Pathology: Two months
  • Renal Pathology/Electron Miroscopy / EM, ALGH †: One month
  • Laboratory Management combined with Informatics: One month
  • Electives in Pathology‡: Three to Four months

* Office of the Medical Examiner of Cook County, PGY IV
‡ Electives in Pathology: May be taken as blocks or as single months, depending on availability of rotations, resident interest and needs; they may be taken earlier in the curriculum (with approval of Program Director and Education Committee).

Extra months of BB/TM and cytopathology are advisable for a resident interested in a general diagnostic community practice.