Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Program


The Brookwood Baptist Health Pathology program is conducted at Princeton Baptist Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center. We offer a four-year program in anatomic and clinical pathology which fulfills the requirements of the American Board of Pathology for combined certification. The two pathology departments process over 17,000 surgical specimens per year from all of the major surgical specialties. The clinical laboratories include advanced methodology and instrumentation and offer a full array of clinical laboratory procedures 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, residents spend a majority of time in surgical pathology and autopsy rotations at Princeton Baptist Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center. Interspersed in these two years, residents will have four to six one-month rotations in various areas of the clinical laboratory, such as hematology, clinical chemistry, blood bank, and bacteriology.


During the third and fourth years, residents continue to acquire knowledge through rotations in general areas of anatomic and clinical pathology at Princeton and Grandview, and they also complete offsite 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 anatomic pathology. 

Time and monetary support are 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. All of our recent graduates have succeeded in obtaining fellowship positions at various academic institutions including: Wake Forest University, Vanderbilt University, Medical University of South Carolina, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Alabama Hospitals, UC Davis Medical Center, University of California, San Diego, Baylor, University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville, and University of Washington.

The objectives of the residency program in anatomic and clinical pathology are:

•To offer the opportunity to acquire a broad and in-depth understanding of the subject matter in anatomic and clinical pathology.

•To provide experience in the techniques and methodology used in this discipline.

•To provide experience in the interpretation and clinical correlation of laboratory data, and in the management of the laboratory.

•To provide the credentials required for combined certification by the American Board of Pathology.