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Pathology - Anatomical & Clinical

Program Type: Military Medical Center

Location: Bethesda, MD

Accredited:  Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) 

Program Length: 4 Years

Required Pre-Requisite Training: Medical School Graduation (Navy trainees are required to have completed an ACGME-accredited PGY-1 training year) 

Categorical Year in Specialty Required: No

Total Approved Complement: 24

Approved per Year (if applicable): N/A

Dedicated research year offered: No

Medical Student Rotation availability: MS3, MS4s

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH): No

Program Phone Number: 301-295-2520


Program Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Program Description

The four-year anatomic and clinical pathology residency program is designed to meet the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Pathology Review Committee (RC), the National Capital Consortium (NCC) and the American Board of Pathology (ABP). The NCC Pathology Residency Program is fully accredited by the ACGME and is authorized 24 resident positions. The program generally consists of 22 months of required Anatomic Pathology rotations, 18 months of required Clinical Pathology training and eight months of specialty rotations, electives and/or research. Rotations may be in two weeks to three-month blocks. Although rotations are separated under “anatomic” and “clinical” pathology headings, this division is artificial- all diagnostic modalities are necessary for patient care and pathologists integrate all diagnostic testing in that pursuit.

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) has been designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center that administers subspecialty cancer care to active duty military and their beneficiaries and is the only military medical institution with this designation. As a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the focus is on state-of-the-art diagnostics and surgery with evidence-based therapy in an academic climate.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine provides clinical support through anatomic and clinical pathology services, including the performance of laboratory studies and the provision of consultative services. The Department provides reference laboratory services to supported tri-service military medical treatment facilities, and histopathology, molecular and immunopathology support to the Joint Pathology Center (JPC), the Department of Defense’s reference pathology center for tertiary diagnostic consultation. The Dermatopathology Fellowship and Oral Pathology Residency are co-located with the AP/CP Residency Program. The Department conducts or supports training programs in advanced laboratory technology, clinical laboratory management, histopathology, blood banking and pathology assistance. The Department operates a blood donor and processing center for the procurement, processing and shipment of blood components and frozen red cells in support of the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP).

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Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Residency Program

Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Building 9, Ground Floor, Room 0849

Hours of Operation:

7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 301-295-2520

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