Clinical Pathology Program

Most pathology residents at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center train in a four-year combined clinical and anatomic pathology program. With approval, a resident may be accepted for a three-year program in clinical pathology only.

Our overall goal for Clinical Pathology training is to develop pathologists who can:

  • Communicate effectively as a medical consultant to other clinicians and to patients.
  • Direct the management of the clinical laboratory enterprise, to assure the quality, clinical appropriateness and usefulness of the laboratory data.
  • Consult effectively on methods of diagnostic test utilization, both generally and in the context of patient-specific clinical settings.
  • Consult effectively on assay interpretation in acute and chronic clinical management of patients.
  • Contribute to development and implementation of informatics and systems that optimize patient care.
  • Consult in these areas at the systems level and in the context of health delivery models.
  • Understand the role of research in clinical decision making, test development, knowledge generation and continuing education.
  • Attain sufficient knowledge to be able to pass the clinical pathology section of the board examination.

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A wide variety of elective rotations are available in clinical pathology. Elective rotations must be planned in consultation with appropriate faculty. A description of the elective rotation, with goals and objectives must be generated in advance, and must be approved in advance by the rotation director, program director, and Chief of Clinical Pathology.