Diane Kowalski, MD Yale-New Haven Med Ctr BML B-38 PO Box 208023 310 Cedar St New Haven, CT 06520-8070
Tel: (203) 785-6424 Fax: (203) 785-3644
Program Director: Diane Kowalski, MD
Number of residents (per year / total): ~8 per year
Average work hours on surg path?
- ~60 per week; rotation dependent
Are you allowed to do external rotations? Yes
CAP Standardized Fellowship Application Accepted? Yes
Comment 1: (Quoted from studentdoctor.net. Post by PathMD2010 on 10-19-2010.)
"IMHO, Yale had the best interview layout though: between interviews you go into a centralized location rather than to the next office so no awkward waiting. Also they had water and snacks available. And gave you a dinner the night before." 
(Quoted from studentdoctor.net. Post by brainsalads on 11-12-2010.)
"I interviewed at Yale and found the experience extremely disappointing. New Haven was bleak, the program director was arrogant and confrontational. Everyone was "yale this" "yale that". The residents seemed rundown and unhappy. They do two years AP, then two years CP. I would go crazy without a good mix throughout the year. I ranked it next to last out of 10. I went there cause in my mind, I was like "its Yale". But I should've cancelled it and interviewed at San Diego instead." 
I would like to provide an opposing perspective to the above comment. I am currently a 3rd year resident at Yale and have some familiarity with a few other programs as well. This is a busy program where we see a large volume and variety of pathology. We work hard, which I think is a strength. I am quite happy here and I would say my fellow residents are also. There is a collegial feeling here and residents have fun at work and hang out together a lot outside work. The system here is subspecialty signout and division of AP and CP years. There are pluses and minuses of this, the advantage in my mind being the ability to focus for extended periods of time on a subject working alongside an expert in that subject. Everyone in recent memory has passed boards (I've never heard of someone not passing). As for the program director, the "arrogant and confrontational" description above is comically inaccurate. Dr. Sinard is straightforward, approachable, on a first-name basis with residents, always has an open door, and generous with advising and helping residents with fellowships. Ask anyone who has lived in New Haven for any length of time, and you will find that it is a college town with a good restaurant and cultural scene, particularly music and theater, which happens to also have some bad neighborhoods which are easily avoided.
- Matt Palmer MD, PhD
Comment 4 November 25, 2013
I would like to follow up Dr. Palmer's comment with an update. I am currently a 4th year AP/CP chief resident. I have also enjoyed residency at Yale tremendously and have felt that the subspeciality sign out and high volume we experience are definitely great assets in building your core pathology skills. Of note, we have had PD change in the past 2 years. Dr. Diane Kowalski is our current PD and is extremely supportive and an excellent advocate for residents.
Having sat in on curriculum committee meetings over the summer, there have been several key changes made to the daily structure of the program, many in response to resident feedback. Didactics have been reduced in number (from 5 days a week to 3 days a week) in order to accomodate protected preview time, which is daily (after completion of grossing), and from 7:30-9:30 AM on the 2 days without morning didactics. Additionally, there has been a successful effort to better coordinate grossing of specimens with our excellent PA's, with the goal of getting residents out of the gross room by 5:30-6 pm. These are major changes that have just occured this year and have been well-received. To further maximize time to read, first year residents are expected to preview only the cases they grossed. With advancement, residents are expected to preview more cases in order to maximize their education.
I just want to emphasize that there have been some important structural shifts in the program that have improved the balance between clinical work and education for residents.
Rebecca Baldassarri MD
Do you feel you have:
Adequate preview time?
- Yes – we are on a 1-day cycle so we sign out, then gross, and preview when grossing is complete
Adequate support staff (P.A.’s, secretarial, etc.)?
- Yes – we currently have 6 PAs in the gross room and numerous transcriptionists and secretaries
Adequate AP Teaching?
Adequate CP Teaching?