Program Director: Cheryl A. Hanau, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Elaine Regan
Overview of the Residency Program
The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine training program at Drexel University College of Medicine offers 20 residency positions (including up to 2 Surgical Pathology Fellows). There are also 2 Cytopathology fellowship positions available. Each year of the program, each resident receives individualized instruction, guidance and evaluation on a personal level. The program director meets regularly with each resident to tailor the program to his or her needs, to clarify and define the resident's goals, and to discuss appropriate elective and research programs. The program director also actively helps residents with job placement.
Education is our department's top priority, as evidenced by the many basic and subspecialty experiences we offer our residents. Together with extensive patient services to support patient care and varied opportunities for specialized research, our residents are assured of receiving a well-rounded education.
The strength of our Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine lies in cohesive, supportive faculty and staff who provide a comprehensive residency program and a comfortable learning environment. Our faculty members are widely recognized for their work in anatomical and clinical pathology and basic and clinical research.
The pathology training program is based at Hahnemann University Hospital. Other sites available for rotations include St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children (pediatric pathology) and the Medical Examiner’s Office of Philadelphia (forensic pathology).
Our residents have a three-year core of rotations, and the opportunity to take additional elective time in a variety of advanced rotations in subspecialty areas. This flexibility allows residents to pursue specific career goals.
We are particularly proud of our equipment and facilities, including in anatomic pathology several multiheaded microscopes, an electron microscope, modern histology laboratories, a fine needle aspiration suite, a state of the art autopsy suite, and a gross cutting room fitted with laminar flow biohazard hoods for safety during specimen evaluations.
The clinical laboratories are fully automated with state-of-the-art instrumentation for chemical, hematological, microbiological, immunological, toxicological and immunohematological analyses providing flow cytometry, HLA, and molecular diagnostics. A laboratory computerized information system combines on-line data outputs and rapid print-outs with instantaneous data retrieval. Research facilities include fully equipped laboratories for electron microscopy, histochemistry, radioisotopes, biochemistry, immunology and tissue culture.
Our laboratories offer experience in patient-centered acute care support as well as progenitor cell collection and reinfusion. We offer autologous and allogenic blood collection and apheresis procedures for therapy as well as component production. Molecular diagnosis for selected microbiological agents is routinely available. Department and medical school libraries feature large collections of the latest pathology and laboratory medicine references.
Please note that residents are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University College of Medicine.