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Residency Program

About the Residency Program 

Residency in Pathology - Anatomic & Clinical Pathology 

Westchester Medical Center Hospital (WMC) of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network is a 668 bed hospital located on the campus and near the Basic Sciences Building of New York Medical College, which houses the research and undergraduate teaching facilities of the Department of Pathology. The Medical Center serves as a referral center for the region comprising seven counties to the north of New York City. Approximately 16,000 surgical specimens, 110 autopsies, and approximately 8,000,000 clinical laboratory tests are accessed each year. The Maria Fareri Children's Hospital which opened in September, 2004, adjoins the main hospital and is an architecturally unique, "kid-friendly" three story building of 200,000 sq. ft. with 114 acute care beds.

Programs Offered
Fully approved pathology residency programs are offered in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology (three years) and combined anatomic and clinical pathology (four years). The training integrates both anatomical and clinical pathologic training throughout all four years. Anatomic pathology training includes surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, hematopathology, renal pathology, neuropathology, cytopathology, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and forensic pathology. Clinical pathology encompasses clinical chemistry, hematology, transfusion medicine, transplant immunology, flow cytometry, medical microbiology, immunology, serology, laboratory management and informatics. 

All pathology residents participate in yearly research projects. The projects often lead to poster and platform presentations at national conferences, which residents are encouraged to attend. Expenses related to such conferences are reimbursed. For residents who wish to gain additional experience in pathology research, the Valhalla campus and the Cancer Research Institute offer the opportunity to participate in a number of ongoing projects under the direction of a departmental faculty member. The residents have full access to the library facilities of New York Medical College and access to medical literature online wherever they are. They attend monthly meetings of New York Pathological Society and Westchester Pathology Society in addition to daily departmental conferences and certain clinical conferences. The chief residents and qualified senior residents may receive appointments as Instructors in the Medical College and participate in the education of sophomore medical students.

Types and Numbers of Appointments
Twelve positions are available at the Valhalla Campus: generally three PGY-1 openings are offered each July. Residents are assigned full time to Westchester Medical Center Hospital (WMC) of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. All elective and required rotations including forensic pathology and cytogenetics are offered within the campus. One month is allocated for an outside rotation of the residents choosing in the third year of training. 

Stipends and Maintenance
Stipends are competitive with other academic institutions. A limited number of on-campus apartments are available for house staff at the Westchester campus. All staff members are provided with professional liability insurance, hospitalization and medical care, uniforms and uniform laundry. 

Candidates must be graduates of approved schools in the U.S. or Canada, or foreign medical graduations of approved schools and have passed Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3 of the USMLE. Foreign medical graduates must have an appropriate Visa. Satisfactory references are required. Applicants for the first year positions must apply through ERAS. We participate in the NRMP. July 1 is the normal beginning date for residencies.

Address inquiries to: 

Ramonita Ferreira
Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology
Westchester Medical Center Hospital
Westchester Medical Center Health Network
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

Pathology Notes:

The Department of Pathology at New York Medical College sponsors a residency program at Westchester Medical Center Hospital (WMC) of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.

WMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center serving more than 3.5 million people in the Hudson Valley region. Known for its advanced medical care in trauma and burn, heart, cancer, transplant, neuroscience and pediatrics, community hospitals within a 5,000-square-mile range send their most difficult cases to Westchester Medical Center Hospital (WMC) of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.