Below is an example of what rotations a resident experiences by rotation site and PGY-level during Pathology residency training in our program. Rotation sites include the UAMS Medical Center, the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital (VA), Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), and the Arkansas State Crime Lab. The VA and UAMS hospitals are connected via walkways. ACH and the State Crime Lab are only short drives from the UAMS campus and parking is readily available at these sites. Rotations are divided into thirteen four week blocks per academic year. Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology rotations are intermingled throughout the four year curriculum.
Training as a PGY-1 begins with key core rotations to allow for a broad overview of subspecialties prior to the second year, when residents start taking call. An opportunity for an elective is built into the PGY-2 schedule to allow residents to explore potential fellowship specialty interests. Time for up to four additional elective rotations is available, with majority of residents reserving these electives for the PGY-4 year. Most residents choose to use one of these electives for the CP Survey rotation which provides a nice review prior to sitting for the Board Exams. Current electives include GU pathology, Medical Renal Pathology at Arkana Laboratories, Forensics, Bone and Soft tissue Pathology, Dermatopathology, Cytopathology, Neuropathology, Surgical pathology subfellowship, Breast pathology, GI pathology, Liver & Pancreas pathology, Clinical Pathology survey, Hematopathology, Flow Cytometry and Cell Therapy.