Frequently Asked Questions About Pathology Residency Training 

How long has this program existed?

The current pathology training program at UTHSC Memphis was formed as a result of the merger of 3 training programs affiliated with the University of Tennessee, Methodist Hospital, and Baptist Hospital in the early 1980s. This single training program is affiliated with several institutions including Methodist University Hospital and Baptist Memorial Hospital as well as The Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and American Esoteric Laboratories. These affiliations make our program one of the largest training programs by volume and offer a wide variety of cases in anatomic and clinical pathology.   

How many residents are there?

Each training year has 3-4 residents for an average program size of 14. 

Who are the key program personnel?

In 2016, the department welcomed new chair Mahul B. Amin, MD, an internationally recognized researcher and teacher, and a leading urologic pathologist.  Currently, Dr. Amin serves as Program Director, with a committee of anatomic and clinical pathologists working together to help run the educational aspects of the program. 

What is the residency conference schedule like?

Resident conferences take place every morning, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 

Every training institution has its own conferences such as tumor board (s), morbidity and mortality conference, daily challenging case review, and other quality control and improvement meetings. Every resident in that particular institution not only participates in these meetings but actively contributes to them through case presentations and review.

Do the residents get to teach?

Yes! The residents are expected to participate in the regular conferences through case presentations and occasional didactic sessions. The residents also have an opportunity to teach students of allied health sciences, dental school and also teach medical students in small groups, under the supervision of academic faculty. The senior residents are expected to serve as mentors and instructors for the junior residents at all times.

What about research opportunities?

We are among the most productive of all training programs at UTHSC. Our residents are prolific producers of posters and manuscripts for national and international meetings. The program supports the preparation and travel needs as possible. The faculty coauthoring these efforts is very supportive. In addition, some of the senior residents have authored interesting autopsy cases for the College of American Pathologists autopsy series. The departmental corridors display our residents’ excellent research efforts.

What about board-pass rate?

Over the last 5 years, we have recruited outstanding residents who have performed well in the resident in-service exam (RISE) and subsequently in the ABP qualifying examinations. For the last three years, we have had a 100% successful board-pass rate for first time takers of the exam. While this is a testament to our residents’ hard work, the credit also goes to the program in provision of excellent supportive material needed to enhance the resident performance in both these test modules. The residents have a dedicated session focused towards test questions and developing skills to pass tests.

Are residents successful in finding fellowships and jobs?

We have been extremely successful in our residents finding fellowships at very prestigious institutions. Again depending upon their personal needs, some will pursue a second fellowship and all have found rewarding positions, many in locations that they desire to reside in. The program director and faculty actively support the residents’ efforts to obtain strong fellowships and subsequent professional positions.

Are the residents involved with national pathology organizations?

For many years now, our residents have actively participated in national pathology organizations including CAP and ASCP.  Professional organization participation is absolutely key to future success and again we strongly encourage our residents to be professionally active and offer the support necessary for these leadership roles.

How do the residents get along with each other and the faculty?

Our residents have an excellent working relationship with each other. They sincerely and genuinely care for each other and work as a team in their quest for knowledge and skills in pathology. Similarly, they have excellent professional relationships with the faculty.  We celebrate our diversity and the unique experiences our residents bring to our program, including semiannual  international lunches when residents, fellows, and faculty share food from their regions of the world. 

Which is stronger in your program- Anatomic or Clinical Pathology?

We can boast that we offer very strong training in both AP and CP. The surgical pathology training volume is over 200K cases, cytopathology at ~100K cases and clinical pathology tests in the millions. The training institutions include two major training hospital systems (Baptist Memorial Hospital and Methodist University Hospital), the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals, in addition to specialty training at Gastrointestinal Pathology Partners, American Esoteric Laboratory, and a cytogenetic laboratory. As residents begin developing individual areas of interest, they are able to begin focusing on particular areas within this large training environment.

What about Memphis as a city?

Memphis is a typical large American southern city. The population is diverse and the atmosphere is welcoming. There are many different and unique neighborhoods and both apartments and single family homes are available.  The cost of living is reasonable and resident stipends allow for a comfortable lifestyle. The commute throughout the year is very predictable with only a few inclement weather days each year. Memphis boasts excellent cuisine from all parts of the world including “southern fried everything” and “Memphis style barbeque”. There are excellent parks and green-spaces for outdoor recreation, an incredible music scene, and numerous festivals throughout the year.  There are many theater shows, art museums, and many sporting events.  The city loves its NBA team, the Memphis Grizzlies. 

So what are we looking for in our future residents?

We are looking for those who have a desire to succeed, have great work ethic, and are team players. We do consider your academic performance through the undergraduate and graduate (medical) years, LORs and how you have documented your commitment to Pathology, and your experiences in life (medicine is a part of life, not life itself) including volunteerism. Communication skills are also valued.  If you have had other unique accomplishments and interests, we want to hear about those too!

What is the interview day like?

The interview day begins early, and includes time learning about the department, interviewing with 3-4 faculty members and senior residents, and a tour of the medical center.  At lunch, you will have the opportunity to meet with several residents for an informal chat.  You are welcome to ask them anything about the program.  After lunch, you will go on a driving tour of several of our training sites.  Our interview day ends around 2:30-3:00pm. 

Contact Us

Pathology Residency/Fellowships

Toni Buckhanon
GME Coordinator
920 Madison Avenue
Suite 447
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5364
Email: tbuckhan@uthsc.edu