Karen L Kaul, MD, PhD

Evanston Hosp Dept of Pathology

2650 Ridge Ave

Evanston, IL 60201-1783

Tel: (847) 570-2019 Fax: (847) 570-1938


Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency ProgramEdit

Program Director

  • Karen Kaul, MD, PhD

Other Notable Faculty

Program Info

  • ACGME Accredited? Yes
  • Sponsors Visas? Yes
  • Allows External Electives? Yes How many?
  • Number of residents (per year / total): 3, 12 total
  • Vacation Time (annually): Four weeks
  • Core rotations done at which hospitals? Evanston Hospital
  • How many core rotations at each hospital? All
  • Are you allowed to do external rotations? Yes
  • AP/CP Call Schedule

Comment 1

The residency program has a total of twelve residents. Three new residents are accepted each year.

This program is an excellent combination of community and academic practice. The residency is based at Evanston Hospital, in Evanston, IL. It is a part of NorthShore University HealthSystem, a group of 4 private hospitals in the northern suburbs of Chicago. It is affiliated with the University of Chicago, but the pathology residency program is separate, with its own Program Director.

The website goes into detail about the various rotations and the way they are managed.

For AP, we get a variety of large cases from every organ system. We also are exposed to a significant number of small biopsy-type specimens from community practices. Our exposure to dermatopathology is particularly strong, with a weekly conference and month-long rotation.

Our CP rotations are all well structured. We have one-on-one teaching time with the CP attendings almost every day on our assigned rotations. We have two full-time molecular pathologists running an integrated molecular lab.

Research is encouraged but not mandatory, and ample funding for projects and travel is provided. Residents also get to take advantage of the many pathology meetings that take place in Chicago. Attendance at pathology meetings is considered an academic activity and is not taken from vacation time.

Many residents take external electives, both within Chicago and around the country. The department is supportive of external rotations, with 5 of our 12 residents doing external rotations during the 2010-2011 year.

Because the department is relatively small and the residents are all in one location, there is a collaborative atmosphere. The attendings work together well, and our CP attendings often join a group of residents for lunch.

Fellowship opportunities include a surgical pathology fellowship at Evanston, and joint fellowships with the University of Chicago in molecular genetic pathology and medical microbiology.

Our residents have matched well in their desired specialties for the past several years. For academic year 2011-2012, our residents accepted fellowships in Dermatopathology (St. Louis University), Molecular Genetic Pathology (University of North Carolina), and Neuropathology (Northwestern University) and for academic year 2010-2011, Cytology (University of Pennsylvania), Medical Microbiology (Mayo Clinic), and Pediatric Pathology (Children's Memorial Hospital). A comprehensive list is available online.

Comment 2

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
  • Average work hours on surg path? 60 per week

Pros: Close relationship with attendings, wide variety of specimens

Cons: No transplant pathology exposure

Comment 3</p>

  • Date Posted: 10/2011

Do you feel you have:

  • Adequate preview time? No, (PGY1). Yes, you are good in previewing (PGY2 and after).
  • Adequate support staff (P.A.’s, secretarial, etc.)? Yes
  • Adequate AP Teaching? Yes
  • Adequate CP Teaching? Yes
  • Average work hours on surg path? within ACGME limits

Pros: 1) Strong balance of AP and CP 2) Good congenial environment between attendings and residents 3) Program pays entirely for residents to attend any number of conferences if you are presenting a poster or platform presentation (no cap)

Cons: Weak on neuropath | bone and soft tissue path | peds path

Comment 4

  • Date Posted:

Surgical Pathology FellowshipEdit