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Welcome to the Department of Pathology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the largest quaternary care center in central Ohio offering care in all sub-specialties. The program is fully accredited in anatomic and clinical pathology. During 2018, the department processed:

  • Over 100,000 surgical specimens
  • over 25,000 cytology specimens
  • Over 200 autopsies
  • Over a million chemistry specimens

There are over 85 faculty members in multiple sub-specialties involved in various aspects of resident education and 10 well-trained and experienced pathology assistants to assist residents with grossing, autopsy, frozen section, and tissue procurement.

Resident education is supplemented with morning lectures on a two year cycle and glass slide study sets in surgical pathology and cytology as well as digital imaging cases. There are teaching and presentation opportunities available (tumor boards, interesting case conferences, medical professional education, and others) and research opportunities are available and encouraged within and outside of the department. The department is in the process of implementing a state of the art digital and molecular pathology platform. These multiple educational opportunities have lead the residents to have a 100% first-time board pass rate for the past 5 years.

Additionally, the department offers fellowships in the following areas:

  • Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine
  • Cytology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Gastrointestinal and Liver
  • Hematopathology
  • Surgical Pathology
  • Renal Pathology
  • Clinical Informatics (in partnership with the department of internal medicine)

It is the goal of this website to provide complete information to applicants. Please feel free to contact the resident coordinator with any additional questions you may have.

There are 4 residency positions (PGY-1) available each year. The program is accredited for 16 residency positions (PGY-1 thru PGY-4) and there are also 8 fellowships available in various subspecialties. The "core" AP/CP curriculum is a 4-year program that combines Anatomic and Clinical Pathology training (AP/CP). Residencies in either straight anatomic or clinical pathology are also offered to selected candidates. All programs lead to eligibility for the appropriate certification examination by the American Board of Pathology.

Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and must be received by November 1 for appointments beginning July 1 of the following year.

Residency candidates must be graduates of approved medical schools in the U.S. or Canada. Candidates who have graduated from foreign medical schools and who are non-U.S. citizens (International Medical Graduates) must meet one of the following: Permanent resident status with a work authorization prior to being appointed or meets eligibility requirements for a J-1 Visa through the ECFMG Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program.

The following minimum requirements are used when considering candidates who apply to our program:

  1. Passed USMLE Step I, II and CSA exam on first attempt.
  2. Score above 200 on each USMLE exam.
  3. Prefer graduation from medical school within the past 5 years.
  4. For IMG's, US clinical experience is not a requirement, but it certainly is to your benefit to have this type of experience and in particular to have letters of recommendation from US physicians with whom you have worked.

Based on application materials, selected applicants will be invited for a one day visit that includes interviews with the Program Director,Associate Program Director and selected faculty members, tour of the department and medical center, and lunch with pathology residents. Final selections will be announced through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

To apply electronically on the web, please visit ERAS by clicking on the link below.

Electronic Residency Application Service

Limited Staff Agreement

Stipends for 2023-2024:

  • PGY-1: $64,504
  • PGY-2: $66,446
  • PGY-3: $68,571
  • PGY-4: $70,921
  • PGY-5: $73,208
  • PGY-6: $75,492
  • PGY-7: $76,125
  • PGY-8: $80,580
  • PGY-9: $81,243
  • PGY-10: $82,056

Vacation Days:

  • PGY-1 & 2: 10 days/year + one week over the holidays
  • PGY-3 & 4: 15 days/year + one week over the holidays

Health Insurance:


  • Malpractice insurance
  • Life insurance (2.5 times annual salary)
  • $2500/year towards education materials and attendance at national meetings
  • A generous retirement plan
  • Extensive resident study slide sets for cytology and surgical pathology

Our residency program is located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, the 15th largest city in the country! Columbus is a vibrant medium size city full excitement and variety. It is the perfect balance between a big city and a small town.

Columbus has entertainment for all ages and preferences; for the little ones (and not so little) you can enjoy a day at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium or The Center of Science and Industry (COSI). They are two of the nation's top-rated attractions. If you like culture, Columbus is the right place for you! Columbus offers great art scene of independent artists, seasonal Broadway performances and the Columbus Museum of Art (open year round).

Just because everybody loves food, you are going to love living here! Columbus has an incredible variety of tasty food for everyone, with local and seasonal produce; you are going to enjoy every bit. Well-known areas to satisfy your voracious appetite are Grandview, Downtown and German Village. If you love the nightlife, you can find live music every single day, local breweries, arts scenes, concerts, tap rooms and distilleries all across the city.

If you are a sports fan, you can become a Buckeye since day one (Let's go Buckeyes) or enjoy professional leagues as well, including tennis, golf, football, baseball, basketball and soccer.

If you have kids, you might be happy to know that there are great scholar districts, such as Grandview, Upper Arlington and Dublin.

We have no doubt you will enjoy Columbus as much as we do. Below, you can find links with more information about all the events and attractions.

We want to help you out through the transition and we hope you can find excitement and variety during your stay.

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