Residency Program Overview

"It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
Abraham Lincoln

Program Governance

Program Director: Garth Fraga, MD
E-mail: gfraga@kumc.edu
Associate Program Director: Sharad Mathur, MD
E-mail: Sharad.Mathur@va.gov
Associate Program Director: Katie Dennis, MD
E-mail: kdennis2@kumc.edu
Program Coordinator: Amy Widau, BS
E-mail: awidau@kumc.edu

Clinical Learning Environments

Our primary teaching hospital is the University of Kansas Hospital, a 620-bed tertiary care center. It is particularly known for its organ transplant, oncology, and otolaryngology departments. KU hospital is a busy place that has experienced year-over-year growth of more than 10% several years running. Patients from all fifty states were treated at KU Hospital in the past year.  The University of Kansas Cancer Center was named a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in 2012. NCI designation is limited to 67 institutions in the country and recognizes excellence in cancer care and research. It creates new opportunities for in-depth research and unique cancer trials, and we expect this will lead to even more growth in the pathology department.

The 125-bed Kansas City VA Medical Center is our primary teaching affiliate. The outstanding teachers and the slower pace at the VA provide an ideal introduction to pathology before immersion into the hustle and bustle of KU Hospital. Senior residents spend time with the pediatric pathologists in Children’s Mercy Hospital, a nationally recognized pediatric hospital. Residents in their second year learn forensic pathology at the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office, a busy urban forensic center with more than 1000 annual post-mortem examinations. Training in transfusion medicine begins at KU Hospital; advanced training is provided by the Community Blood Center, a large regional transfusion medicine center. 

Curriculum

The academic year is divided into 13 four-week blocks. Residents are assigned to either anatomic or clinical services, which are interspersed throughout the year during training.

In addition to the core curriculum, our program offers a liberal elective rotation program. While most residents choose to pursue on-campus electives in anatomic pathology or research, external and international rotations are allowed, contingent upon permission of the Program Director. Popular organ-specific electives include breast, skin, liver, renal, and neuropathology. We encourage residents to develop electives that will suit their particular interests. Our program is unusual in offering an elective block during the second year of residency, and residents average six elective rotations by graduation  Please refer to the Pathology Residents Manual for more information.

Below is a sample schedule including the core program and electives. The KU Surg Path blocks include both surgical and autopsy pathology in a single combined rotation; VA Surg Path blocks are devoted to surgical pathology.

PGY1 PGY2 PGY3 PGY4
4 KU Surg Path 4 KU Surg Path 3 KU Surg Path 2 KU Surg Path
5 VA Surg Path 1 VA Surg Path 2 VA CP 1 VA CP
1 Hematopathology 1 VA CP 1 Hematopathology 1 Pediatric Path
1 Cytology 1 Hematopathology 1 Cytology 1 Cytology
1 Transfusion Medicine 1 Cytology 2 Hematology/Flow Lab 1 Dermpath/Neuropath
1 Microbiology 1 Community Blood Ctr 2 Microbiology 1 Molecular Pathology
1 Forensic Pathology 2 Electives 1 Lab Management
1 Hematology/Flow Lab 1 Transfusion Medicine
1 Chemistry 1 Chemistry
1 Elective 0.5 KU Trainer for PGY1
2.5 Electives

Resident Benefits

Residents are allowed 15 vacation days and 10 sick days of leave per academic year. There is an annual $1000 education allowance that can be used for books, educational materials, USMLE Step 3 and educational courses. There is a $1500 travel allowance for residents who present scientific work at national meetings (residents must obtain permission from Program Director). Malpractice, subsidized health, and disability insurance are provided. Parking permits, white coats, scrubs and pagers are provided. A meal allowance is provided for residents on the KU Surg Path rotation. Residents have free electronic access to a host of scientific journals and textbooks through Dykes Library.

Teaching Conferences

Teaching conferences are evenly balanced between anatomic and clinical pathology, and between didactic lectures and slide conferences around the multi-headed microscope. A representative schedule is provided below. In addition to the listed conferences, residents may participate in a broad range of interdisciplinary tumor boards.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

 

 700 Pathology/Radiology Correlations (every other month)

0730 Multidisciplinary Tumor Board

800 Slide Conference

800 AP Core Lecture

800 CP Core Lecture

800 Slide Conference

800 Slide Conference

1200 Grand Rounds
(monthly)

800 Journal Club AP  (monthly)

800 Journal Club      CP (monthly)

1030 Lab QI 
(monthly)

1200 AP/CP Case Presentations (monthly)

1600 GI Tumor Board  
(every other month)

1200 Blood Utilization Committee 
(every other month)

1400 CP Call Rounds

1200 CPC 
(monthly)

 

1200 Dermpath signout

 

 

1200 VA - Infection Control Committee

 

 

 

 

1500 VA - Transfusion Committee

 

 

 

 

1700 Hemepath Conference

 

 1800 Kansas City Society of Pathologists (quarterly)

 

 

Last modified: Sep 12, 2014
Residency Program Contacts

A Moten
Amy Widau, BS
Residency/Fellowship Program Coordinator
pathologyresidents@kumc.edu
Phone: 913.588.7076
Fax: 913.588.7073

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