The residency program's mission is to provide strong basic training in anatomic and clinical pathology and its subspecialties. The program's philosophic objective is to develop a sturdy medical knowledge/skill base and professional attributes that allow a resident/fellow to independently and competently practice pathology with a life-long commitment to continued learning and excellence. In-depth training is offered in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, separately or as a combined program. Programs are available for new graduates, as well as to those with post-doctoral experience. Training is offered at three sites: an academic, tertiary care referral center (West Virginia University), and a large community hospital (Charleston Area Medical Center). Although the program is geared to produce well-rounded community hospital pathologists, residents are encouraged to explore a career in academic pathology as well.

Training in anatomic pathology encompasses surgical pathology, cytopathology and autopsy pathology. Embedded in these rotations is exposure to patients with diseases in the areas of dermatopathology, pediatric pathology, nephropathology, and neuropathology, as well as utilization of immunohistochemistry and forensic pathology. Electron microscopy is part of the surgical pathology curriculum at CAMC. Clinical Pathology training includes hematology and coagulation, lymph nodes/bone marrows/flow cytometry, blood banking and transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry and immunology, medical microbiology, cytogenetics and molecular pathology, and laboratory management. Residents also participate in the outreach activities of a reference laboratory/outreach program that serves small rural West Virginia hospitals.

The department is highly computerized with advanced digital imaging systems and numerous opportunities to develop expertise in the use of information technology. Opportunities for teaching and research are also available and encouraged, with emphasis on clinically related topics. Residents also participate in the department’s teaching programs.

Residents are expected to develop competencies in the six areas mandated of new practitioners by the ACGME, as outlined below. In order to foster a self-improvement and practice-based learning, residents are provided with several forms of evaluations, including practice-based portfolios in surgical pathology, autopsy, cytopathology, and hematopathology rotations, faculty rotation evaluations, semiannual global evaluations and yearly 360o evaluations.

Where our pathology residents went after graduation

  • Graduated 2012, Dr. Fahad Bafakih is currently Faculty at Logan Regional Hospital in Logan, UT
  • Graduated 2012, Dr. Jeremy Stuelpnagel now works at the New York Medical Examiner’s office, NY, NY
  • Graduated 2014, Dr. Tina Lu is currently a faculty member at WVU
  • Graduated 2015, Dr. Morgan Darrow is currently a faculty member UC Davis
  • Graduated 2015, Dr. Matthew Szarko is now an attending at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV
  • Graduated 2017, Dr. Christine James is a Forensic Fellow at Allegheny County Medical Examiners office, WV
  • Graduated 2017, Dr. Maggie Yell is currently a Hematopathology Fellow at WVU
  • Graduated 2017, Dr. Nariman Nawar is a Bone and Soft Tissue Fellow at Mount Sanai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  • Graduated 2017, Dr. Derrick Green is a Cytopathology Fellow at the Medical University, Charleston, SC

Where our hematopathology fellows went after graduation

  • Graduated 2012, Dr. Olukemi Esan is currently a faculty member at WVU
  • Graduated 2013, Dr. Farzaneh Sayedian currently is faculty at UTMD, Houston, TX
  • Graduated 2014, Dr. David Howell is currently a faculty member at WVU
  • Graduated 2015, Dr. Zoe Kinkade is currently a faculty member at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon, PA
  • Graduated 2016, Dr. Yara Daous is currently a stay home mother
  • Graduated 2017, Dr. Ryan Okal is currently a faculty member at Mountain States Pathology in Colorado Springs , CO

Where our surgical pathology fellows went after graduation

  • Graduated 2012, Dr. Mohammed Alnamnakani is currently Faculty at King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Graduated 2013, Dr. Wael Milyani now is doing a Hematopathology Fellowship at Wayne State, MI
  • Graduated 2016, Dr. David Cantu is currently a Hematopathology Fellow at City of Hope, CA
  • Graduated 2017, Dr. Majed Pharaon is currently a Cytopathology Fellow at Allegheny General Hospital, PA