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Core Curriculum

Pathology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock offers a combined training program anatomic and clinical pathology totaling 48 months of full-time training that includes a minimum of 18 months, each, of structured AP and CP training.  

Residents completing requirements of the program are eligible to apply for Certification examination administered by The American Board of Pathology.

The centerpiece of the training program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a core program for a resident pursuing combined anatomic and clinical training that consists of 23 four-week block rotations in anatomic pathology and 18.5 four-week block rotations in clinical pathology. 

Many residents choose to take most of these rotations during the first three years of their training in order to save elective time for later in the program. Alternatively, elective time can be arranged to accommodate research endeavors or other special interests in the early years.

After completing the basic core curriculum, residents may either concentrate on a single branch of pathology or take a wide variety of advanced electives to prepare for Board certification in anatomic and clinical pathology. While residents may be required to provide service in certain rotations beyond core curriculum requirements, approximately 9.5 four-week blocks of the residency are available for elective rotations of the resident's choice.

In anatomic pathology, residents can have advanced training in cytology, dermatopathology, neuropathology, developmental and pediatric pathology, hematopathology, and forensic pathology. Additional exposure and training may be pursued in diagnostic electron microscopy, immunopathology, molecular diagnostic techniques, and advanced surgical pathology.

In clinical pathology, advanced rotations are available in clinical hematology, transfusion medicine, immunoassay, clinical chemistry, therapeutic drug monitoring, microbiology, virology, and molecular diagnostic techniques, and flow cytometry.

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