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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Pathway Director

Cheryl A. Hanau, M.D. Office #
ch48@drexel.edu (215) 762-8375

Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Pathway Director's Advice On Commonly Asked Questions

What can students do in the 1st and 2nd years to explore and/or prepare for this career?

Shadowing in our Department is a great introduction.

How important is it for a student to have completed some type of research to match in this specialty? When should the research be done? Does it have to be specialty specific?

Most Pathology programs do not require experience in order to be considered for interview and matching. Elite programs at high-powered institutions - Penn, Yale, Mass General, Stanford, etc, may expect applicants to have such experience. Research does not have to be in Pathology in order to be considered.

Are research opportunities available in your department?

We do participate in the Summer Medical Student Lab Fellowship program.

Are shadowing opportunities available?

Absolutely. Shadowing in pathology during year 1 or 2 can be very informative since students get to see what we do in our various laboratories.

Are away rotations essential to a successful match in your specialty?


How would you describe the career-life balance for this specialty?

Excellent. Pathology is an area that offers a lot of flexibility during the courtse of a career. Our somewhat 'behind the scenes' stance in many areas allow Pathologists to consider part-time work, job sharing and other arrangements when that is best for their family.

What are the most important qualities or character traits for a person in this field?

Curiosity, an interest in detail, enjoyment of teaching (to one's colleagues and also to students and residents), enjoyment of solving problems and puzzles.

What are career opportunities after training?

Pathologists practice in many settings, ranging from community hospital practice, to working in a commercial lab (e.g. Labcorp), research labs, governmental agencies, and of course medical schools where the can practice pathology and also get to teach and do research. Pathologists are also involved in informatics.

What resources (eg websites, books, professional groups) would you recommend for students interested in learning more about this field?
Any other advice you wish to share?

I would be glas to meet with any student who wants to learn more about what Pathology residents and faculty do. Email me any time: ch48@drexel.edu


Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel Medical Student Interest Group

Pathology Interest Group: ducompathologyig@gmail.com

Specialty Description

A pathologist deals with the causes and nature of disease and contributes to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment through knowledge gained by the laboratory application of the biologic, chemical, and physical sciences. This specialist uses information gathered from the microscopic examination of tissue specimens, cells, and body fluids, and from clinical laboratory tests on body fluids and secretions for the diagnosis, exclusion, and monitoring of disease. (Source: The American Board of Medical Specialties. Guide to Physician Specialties. Evanston, IL: American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008.)

Time Requirement

Residency training for pathologists is three to four years. Residents can receive their training in either combined anatomic pathology and clinical pathology (which requires four years of training), anatomic pathology only (requiring three years of training), or clinical pathology only (three years of training). Practice in a pathology subspecialty requires one additional year of training (two additional years for neuropathology).

National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.


  • Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Cytopathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Hematology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology
  • Neuropathology
  • Pediatric Pathology

Residency Application and Match Info*

  National Statistic DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 22.2 36.3
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 9.7 11.2
Application Services ERAS  
Matching Program

Drexel Match Data --2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

AAMC - Careers in Medicine

General Information: http://www.aamc.org/students/cim/pub_pathology.htm
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Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Development Center's pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.