Jonathan Somma, MD, Residency Program Director
Henry S. Flax Ed.D., Residency Program Education Coordinator
Department of Pathology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue, MSC 25
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Phone: 718-270-8173


Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency ProgramEdit

Comment (Posted February 2015)

Residency Program Name: SUNY Downstate

Residency Program Director: Dr. Jonathan Somma

Number of residents (per year / total):

24 total

Visas Sponsored:




An impressive diversity of conferences; residents are encouraged to assume graduated responsibilities; a well balanced, AP/CP training program with ample time for education (i.e., study) and research.


We might benefit more if we had a bigger number of cases in certain sub-specialties - such as head and neck.

Average work hours on surgical path?

55-60 hrs/week

Are you allowed to do external rotations?

Yes; one/4 years

Famous Faculty:

Matthew Pincus, editor, Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods

Do you feel you have:

Adequate preview time? Yes

Adequate support staff (P.A.’s, secretarial, etc.)? Yes

Adequate AP Teaching? Yes

Adequate CP Teaching? Yes

Are Fellowship Programs Offered? Yes

CAP Standardized Fellowship Application Accepted? Yes

Neuropathology FellowshipEdit

SUNY Downstate’s fully accredited program (five year accreditation by ACGME in 2012) offers an exciting opportunity for those interested in a rich training experience in neuropathology.  Neuropathology training under Program Director, Jenny Libien, MD, PhD, provides exposure to a wide array of material that is further enhanced by specialty rotations.  These include rotations in ophthalmic pathology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, in neuromuscular pathology at Columbia University Medical Center, in forensic neuropathology in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, and in community neuropathology at Staten Island University Hospital.

Trainees have many opportunities to conduct research.  Downstate is recognized as an international center for basic and clinical investigation on hippocampal function and pathophysiology with implications for epilepsy and memory disturbance.  Within the department, trainees may work with faculty members on research projects related to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, synaptic function, neurogenesis, and basic mechanisms of memory formation.

Requirements: Board-eligibility or certification in Anatomic Pathology is preferred. A minimum of two years of Anatomic Pathology is required. A combined anatomic and neuropathology AP/NP program is offered (see ABP website for certification requirements).

Stipends: Based on postgraduate level of trainee

To apply you will need:

1) the CAP standardized fellowship application,

2) an updated curriculum vitae 

3) a one page personal statement which describes your interest in Neuropathology and your professional goals

4) three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your current program director indicating you are a resident in good standing, as well as your anticipated completion date. Letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover directly from your referees (scanned and emailed preferred). 

5) copies of USMLE score reports

6) copy of driver's license or passport

Applications: Jenny Libien, MD, PhD Director, Neuropathology Training Program Department of Pathology, MSC 25 SUNY Downstate Medical Center 450 Clarkson Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11203 FAX 718-270-3313

For further information, contact Ms. Denise Leggard, Program Coordinator, 718-270-4599 or

Dermatopathology Fellowship (Ackerman Academy)Edit


Program Director: Dirk Elston, M.D.

Comment 1:Edit

Quoted from post by "icpshootyz" on pathology forum. Posted on 12-27-2010 (In response to this question: "How competitive is to match at a dermpath fellowship at ackermans? Why does this fellowship does not appear in FREIDA or acgme? Is it accredited?")

"It's definitely accredited. As for competitive, well, is there such a thing as an UN-competitive dermpath fellowship? I met the current fellows there and they are all excellent. It's a different program than many academic centers, truly set up more like an "academy" for learning dermpath than a traditional fellowship. Much less scut, much more educational time, no requirements to do posters or projects. Just different. Whether that's better or worse for you might depend on what you're looking for in a fellowship. But the going wisdom is just to get a spot anywhere. Sure a big name ivy-league institution might look good on the CV, but it won't make a huge difference in your future."[1]


  1. Pathology Forum

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