University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
930 Madison Avenue, Suite 500
Memphis, TN 38163
Program Website: www.uthsc.edu/pathology
Phone: (901) 448-6344
Fax: (901) 448-6979
Program Director: Nadeem Zafar, MD
Program Coordinator: Anita Anderson
Total Number of Residents: 15
Number of Residents per year: 3 or 4
Affiliated hospitals include Methodist University Hospital, Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Baptist Memorial Hospital, and LeBonheur Children's Hospital. Rotations also involve a large commercial laboratory, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Regional Forensics Center, and other private practice groups around the city of Memphis.
Rotations at multiple hospitals allow resident to see many different practice settings and see a wide array of specimens, all sites have PA help to limit grossing responsibilities, autopsy numbers are easily obtainable. Residents are either alone or one of only a few residents at a given rotation site, allowing tremendous opportunities to spend one-on-one instructional time with attendings.
Rotations at multiple hospitals can be confusing, some rotations do not provide lengthly preview time for cases, limited responsibility on some rotations
- PGY1: 1 month "orientation" (see below), 3 months Clinical Chemistry, 3 months Surgical Pathology at VA, 2 months Microbiology, 1 month Molecular Pathology, 3 months Surgical Pathology at UT (University Practice-1 month surgical signout and grossing, 2 months primary on autopsy service)----13 months total, so they extend through July of PGY-2 year
- PGY2: required to do 3 months at VA on Surgical Pathology and 3 months at UT (University practice-1 month autopsy, 2 months signout/gross), 2 months Heme, 1 month Cytology, plus flexible scheduling for electives
- PGY3/4: Additional Cytology, Blood Banking, Advanced CP rotations, and other rotations that are variable depending on interests, as long as all requirements are met. Many residents do several rotations at St. Jude, Methodist University Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and the Forensics Center.
Didactics and Conferences:
Mandatory conferences are held on Tuesday mornings. The conferences include an 8:00 Surgical Pathology "unknown" conference, a 9:00 rotating Cytology/Gross Pathology/Journal Club conference, a 10:00 Pathology Review Course where topics of interest are covered, an 11:00 resident-led Clinical-Pathological Correlation conference, and a noon lecture of varying topics including ethics, management, research, or lectures from other specialties. The conference time allows residents studying at many different hospitals to come together for one morning a week. At the conclusion of the conferences, residents return to their regularly scheduled rotations to continue with responsibilities.
The University of Tennessee offers a unique opportunity for incoming PGY-1's to be thoroughly introduced to Pathology through participation in a mandatory orientation month in July of their matriculation year. The first two weeks of the month include lectures on histology and general pathology, including sessions with slides of normal tissue. Residents are taught grossing techniques, the basics of frozen section, and general microscopy. The second two weeks include one-on-one time with a senior resident on a surgical pathology rotation to learn the daily operations on service. This offers some pressure-free time to become comfortable with signing out cases and logistics of a surgical pathology practice. During the orientation month, any autopsies that occur are attended by the autopsy resident and all of the PGY-1's in order to begin to learn autopsy technique.
Coming to Interview at University of Tennessee Health Science Center?
Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you in Memphis! The interview day will begin with a pickup provided by a current resident at your hotel, if you need it (ask Anita when scheduling). A senior resident from the program will be your guide for your interview day. You will be taken to the department for a breakfast, where you get to meet several residents, and then a morning full of information! Interviews with faculty members are in the morning; they are one-on-one, and typically under 30 minutes. Lunch is at a restaurant in the city where you will have the chance to meet with more residents. In the afternoon you will have tours of Methodist University Hospital, St. Jude, and, if time allows, various residential areas in Memphis.
Number of positions: 1 per year
The Pediatric Fellow spends 12 months rotating through various area hospitals including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and LeBonheur Children's Medical Center. Both hospitals have huge volumes of cases, both tumor and non-tumor, and the training is immense. The fellow can also participate in pediatric autopsies at the Regional Forensics Center.
Pros: Work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, high volume of surgical specimens (tumor and non-tumor), and plenty of pediatric autopsies
Cons: Possible pediatric forensic involvement, multiple hospitals to rotate through
Program Director: Jie Zhang, MD
Contact: Jie Zhang, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org)