Thank you for inquiring about the Pathology Residency Training Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. The program where you complete your residency training has a huge impact on your future career, and this can make the process of choosing a residency program somewhat stressful. We'd like to share with you some of the highlights of our program — from a resident’s perspective — to help make your decision a bit easier.
There are numerous benefits of training at Weill Cornell. In surgical pathology, we have a high volume of specimens and work with expert faculty. Because of those factors, we can divide our surgical pathology training into subspecialty rotations. For example, you may start out your first year with four weeks of gastrointestinal pathology, during which time you will gross, preview, and sign out only GI specimens. Such subspecialty rotations not only offer a focused, in-depth learning environment, but also ensure that you will be signing out with attendings who are experts in that particular field. Similarly, on our clinical pathology rotations, we start each subspecialty with a two-month rotation. We interact with clinicians directly about a wide range of topics and use our clinical judgment to recommend or approve laboratory tests, with back-up when necessary from our knowledgeable and enthusiastic attendings. In addition, our newly developed laboratory management course challenges and prepares you to take on a directorship role in the future. Clinical and Anatomic Pathology rotations are integrated throughout the four years for AP/CP residents.
Our program also allows us to tailor our training to fit our career goals. We can choose elective rotations as soon as our first year, which gives us early exposure to additional subspecialties. Senior residents can use elective time for research and junior attending rotations to further develop their academic and clinical skills. These advantages help our residents to secure competitive fellowships and to feel comfortable signing out our own cases in the future. Graduated responsibilities are emphasized. Many residents stay at Weill Cornell, which offers 14 fellowships in more than 10 different fields. Other benefits of our program include financial support to buy books and travel to conferences, and personal workspace for each resident, including individual desks, microscopes, and computers.
Another important reason we chose Weill Cornell was the other residents. There is amazing camaraderie among the members of our housestaff. Our residents have a variety of academic and clinical interests, but the bottom line is that we all work hard, together! There is always another resident around if you have a question about a specimen, to get advice on a diagnosis, need to switch calls, or just want to take a coffee break. It really makes life easier when you have the support of your fellow residents. We also know how to enjoy our time off. Most of us live in resident housing, conveniently located right next to the hospital, so it is easy to get together outside of work for dinners, comedy and Broadway shows, and nights out on the town. Friday happy hours happen regularly. There have even been weekend paintball and ski trips.
Finally, training in New York City is definitely a unique experience. The hospital and the resident housing are located on the Upper East Side, which is a pleasant residential neighborhood. There are plenty of local restaurants, bars, and shops to experience. Central Park is only a few blocks away. It's easy to travel by subway or bus to other parts of NYC for theaters, sports events, and restaurants serving any type of food you can imagine. There is always something to do!
These are just a few of the reasons why we chose Weill Cornell, and why we think it's an outstanding place to train for a career in pathology. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.