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Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

51 French Street, MEB 212

New Brunswick, NJ 08903


Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency ProgramEdit

Comment (Updated 2/19/16)

Residency Program Name: RUTGERS RWJMS (no longer UMDNJ)

Residency Program Director: Dr. Billie Fyfe-Kirschner

Number of residents (per year / total):

Generally 2 new residents each year for up to a total of 9 in the program

Pros:

  • Amazing attending-to-resident ratio. Because we are a smaller program, we get great one-on-one time with attendings with a good mix of more experienced and new-in-practice attendings who are a great resource for general residency issues and fellowship advice. 
  • CP/autopsy rotations (approximately 7 over 4 years) at Cooper University Hospital/MD Anderson (Camden, NJ). There is also the possibility for elective surgical pathology rotations at CUH/MDA where they have a higher volume and very diverse mix of specimens due to their affiliation with MD Anderson.

  • Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) is a valuable resource and opportunities are available to attend their precision medicine tumor board and get involved in interdisciplinary research. Additionally,our program received a $10M grant to develop our next generation sequencing laboratory and residents will rotate through as part of our molecular pathology rotations (currently, we have 3 rotations over 4 years).
  • Educational fund (currently $600/year) from the department/GME which can be used for board exam fees, tablets, books, and conferences. We also receive reimbursement for each Cooper rotation for transportation costs (~700 dollars for the total 20 days).


  • Dr. Fyfe is a great learning resource for medical renal/transplant and autopsy (she co-authored the Elsevier textbook on Hospital Autopsy). We also have a stellar record at placing previous residents at the NY Medical Examiners Office for forensics fellowships.
  • Blood bank runs the apheresis service (not nephrology) so residents, especially with an interest in transfusion medicine fellowship, can receive extensive exposure in this area.


  • Protected half-day didactic time every Wednesday with additional weekly hematopathology, microbiology, cytology, and IHC scope didactics.
  • We have a great new neuropathologist who loves teaching. We also get all Cooper brains solely for brain cutting sessions and educational learning.

Cons:

  • Weak in clinical chemistry at RWJ (Cooper CP rotation is actually really good, though).


  • If you want to be in a busy city, this is not the program for you. If you want to focus on your career and have the option to take a short drive to NYC/PHI/NJ beaches on the weekend, then come here.
  • Cooper rotations can, at times, be heavy on autopsies and can take time away from CP learning.


Average work hours on surgical path?

50-65 hours/week

Are you allowed to do external rotations?

Yes, we have two electives with no disruption in salary support. An elective rotation for fellowship is encouraged and Dr. Fyfe will go out of her way to make it happen.

Do you feel you have:

Adequate preview time? Yes.

Adequate support staff: Yes, however at one point due to losing one PA, residents had an increased grossing volume. We are currently in the process of hiring a third PA and our policies have been adjusted so that all residents are generally able to finish almost all their grossing by the time the last processor is started at 6:30 PM.

Adequate AP Teaching? Yes

Adequate CP Teaching? 

Are Fellowship Programs Offered? Yes; Hematopathology

Hematopathology FellowshipEdit

This is a one year ACGME-accredited fellowship with one position available each year with graduated responsibilities based on competency. The fellow will acquire broad and diverse experience on in-house and consult services which include both adult and pediatric lymph node and bone marrow pathology, flow cytometric immunophenotyping and immunohistochemistry, diagnostic ancillary testing, and non-neoplastic hematologic disorders. Additional rotations include coagulation, molecular diagnostics with time in our next generation sequencing laboratory, cytogenetics, and elective time with a continuous focus on the acquisition of laboratory management skills.  

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