Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations will begin in early January following successful completion of the didactic portion of the program. Rotations are completed in early to mid-December (based on convocation date).

Families and Pets

Students will be rotating to different sites every one to two months during their clinical year. This may be challenging for students with a spouse and/or children and should be taken into consideration when applying to the PA program.

Additionally some clinical site housing locations do not allow pets. This as well should be taken into consideration when applying to the PA program.

We have affiliation agreements with the following sites for 2014:

1) Allegheny General Hospital, Main Campus, Pittsburgh, PA

Chairman of Pathology: Dr. Jan Silverman
Coordinator: Jerry Glass, PA

A 798 bed urban teaching facility.
8 Pathologists,
1 Pathologists' Assistant
Residency Program
Over 17,000 surgical pathology cases
70 autopsy cases

2) Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, WV

Coordinator: Dr. Darren Harris

A 261 bed community hospital,
3 Pathologists,
~11,000 surgical pathology cases,
14 autopsies


3 )West Virginia University Hospitals/Ruby Memorial Hospital

Surgical Rotation:

Clinical Coordinators:
Trevor Wolfe, MHS, PA(ASCP)
Carie Boykin, MHS, PA (ASCP)

Approximately 32,000 surgical pathology cases,

Autopsy Rotation:

Clinical Coordinators:
Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for WV: Dr. Joseph DelTondo

Joy Grise, PA(ASCP)

+45 hospital autopsies,
~200 medical examiner autopsies

4) St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

Chair of Pathology: Dr. Martha Clarke
Site Coordinators:
Dr. Ray Woshner

Brian Foster, MHS, PA (ASCP) | (WVU PA Program, Class of 2010)

A large community based hospital of 328 beds located in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. 16,000 surgical specimens per year ranging from biopsies to complex specimens. Students work closely with the Pathologists and Histology staff.

5) Conemaugh Hospital, Johnstown, PA

Site Coordinator: Gerard Campagna, P.A. (ASCP)

486 bed hospital
4 Pathologists
Approximately 15,000 surgical specimens
12 to 15 autopsies

6) Butler Health System

Preceptor:  Theresa Cirelli
Butler, PA 

Approximately 10,000 surgical specimens


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sites:

7) UPMC Presbyterian. Pittsburgh, PA

Coordinator: Ed Wilson, PA (ASCP)

UPMC Presbyterian is a renowned center for organ transplantation, and a recognized leader in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, critical care medicine and trauma services, and neurosurgery. UPMC Presbyterian also is designated as a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center. Surgical and Autopsy Pathology rotations.

8) UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA

Clinical Coordinator: Juliet Filter, PA(ASCP)

UPMC Shadyside is a 517-bed tertiary care hospital that has been serving the residents of Pittsburgh and the tristate area since 1866. UPMC Shadyside offers primary medical care; physician and nursing education; and a broad range of specialties that include cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics, geriatrics, gynecology, vascular medicine, endocrinology, and more. Surgical Pathology rotation.

9) UPMC Childrens' Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

Clinical Coordinator: Lori Schmitt, Pathology Manager
Pathologists' Assistants: Kristen Petroplus PA (ASCP), Dan Galvis, PA(ASCP), and Chloe Padasak (ASCP)

Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From Ambulatory Care to Transplantation and Cardiac Care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 1,000,000 visits to Children's, its many neighborhood locations, and Children's Community Pediatrics practices each year. In top 10 (8th) on the 2-11-2012 US News & World Report Honor Roll for Best American Children's Hospitals, indicating it has at least 4 specialties that were ranked in the top ten of the country. Surgical Pathology rotation.

10) WVU EAST

Clinical coordinator: Tiffany Harper MD

WVU EAST is a 195 bed hospital, 11,000 specimens/year, with 3 pathologists.