The Pathology Department at Princeton Baptist Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center offers a four-year program in anatomic and clinical pathology which fulfills the requirements of the American Board of Pathology for combined certification. The training is conducted primarily within Princeton Baptist and Grandview with specific rotations to Children's Hospital, the State of Alabama Forensic Science Laboratory and a private flow cytometry molecular/ diagnostics laboratory.
The departments process over 17,000 surgical specimens a year from all of the major surgical specialties. The clinical laboratories include advanced methodology and instrumentation. Over 700 different types of clinical laboratory procedures are performed in the two institutions. The faculty includes seven pathologists, including several with subspecialty certification in areas such as hematopathology, neuropathology and cytopathology.
During the first two years, the majority of the resident's time is spent in autopsy and surgical pathology rotations at Princeton Baptist and Grandview. However, interspersed in these two years, the resident will have four to six one-month rotations in various areas of the clinical laboratory such as hematology, clinical chemistry, blood bank, and microbiology.
During the third and fourth years, the resident will continue to acquire knowledge through rotations in general areas of anatomic and clinical pathology at Princeton Baptist and Grandview, but will also have rotations in pediatric pathology, forensic pathology, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics and dermatopathology. Elective time is also scheduled during these two years. At the end of four years of pathology residency training, the resident will have spent at least 18 months concentrating on clinical pathology and up to 30 months with emphasis on anatomical pathology.
The pathology residency program is affiliated with the University of Alabama School of Medicine and, in certain specialty fields, the residents rotate through facilities at the University.
Evaluation of the residents occurs formally twice a year, but informal feedback is provided regularly during each rotation. In addition, the residents also formally evaluate the program and the faculty at regular intervals. Time and monetary support is available for residents in the second and subsequent years of training to attend postgraduate courses, as well as regional and national meetings. In addition, funding is provided for a board review course during the final year of training.
The emphasis of the program is to train physicians who are equipped to enter the private practice of pathology immediately upon completion of residency training or who are prepared for subspecialty pathology fellowship training. Our graduates have succeeded in obtaining fellowship positions at academic institutions including: Wake Forest University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Chicago, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Massachusetts, Oregon Health & Science University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Alabama Hospitals.