Pathology Residency Program


  1. What is your application deadline?
    Applicants should submit their applications via ERAS by December 1st.

  2. How many people are interviewed each year by the CSMC Pathology Department and how many are accepted?
    Approximately 45 to 60 applicants are interviewed each year. The interview season typically begins in October and extends until January or February. The number of applicants accepted depends on the number of positions available but typically ranges from 4 to 6 for the first year class.

  3. Are there any international medical graduates (IMGs) or DOs in your program?
    Yes, our program includes both IMGs and DOs. Please see the Current Pathology Resident and Fellows listings page.

  4. What are the application requirements for IMGs?
    Please refer to the CSMC Graduate Medical Education (GME) webpage for information regarding requirements for IMGs.

  5. Do you have a cutoff for medical school graduation date?
    No, applications are accepted regardless of graduation date.

  6. What is the call schedule like?
    Residents are assigned weeklong call duty approximately every six weeks. Call duty includes coverage of evenings and weekends and responsibilities range from fielding questions from clinicians, handling tissue, grossing, and autopsy. Call requirements are well within ACGME work hours requirements.

  7. In the Department of Pathology, what Fellowships are offered?
    Fellowships are available in the following subspecialties: 

    Anatomic Pathology

    Clinical Pathology

    • Gastrointestinal Pathology
    • Hematopathology
    • Genitourinary Pathology
    • Molecular Genetics
    • Renal Pathology
    • Transfusion Medicine
    • Surgical Pathology
  8. Where can I find information about compensation and benefits?
    The CSMC Graduate Medical Education (GME) webpage provides information about stipends and benefits.

  9. What research opportunities are available?
    There are many opportunities for residents to work with faculty who are experts in their fields and residents frequently complete multiple research projects during their residency, focused on clinical and translational studies. Please see the resident research web page for a listing of current resident research.

  10. How many program graduates go in to private practice and how many go into Academics?
    Historically, approximately 60% of our graduates practice in a private setting, 30-35% remain in an academic setting and the remainder go into forensics.

  11. What is a typical day like?
    A typical day begins at 7:30 am with morning conference. Lunchtime is frequently coupled with didactics or conferences. Residents are required to work until 5:00 pm but many rotations require longer hours. Resident work hours are well within ACGME limits.

  12. How is the grossing schedule organized?
    The grossing schedule for Surgical Pathology rotations is based on a two day cycle. Grossing takes place on day one and case sign outs take place on day two. Mornings are dedicated to signing out biopsies.

  13. Do residents have their own workspace?
    Yes, residents are each assigned their own desk, computer and microscope; assignments change yearly.

  14. What are the ALS and BLS requirements?
    Pathology residents and fellows are required to keep a current Basic Life Support certification only. For more information, please see the CSMC GME website.

  15. Do all rotations take place at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center campus?
    All except for the Forensic Pathology rotation, which takes place at the Los Angeles County Medical examiner's office near downtown Los Angeles.


  1. What kind of housing is available for residents?
    There is a variety of housing within close proximity to the hospital including apartments, condominiums, and homes for sale or rent. Most residents find rental housing using free and fee-based internet listings. Access to the UCLA housing listings can be accessed for a fee. Please see the Pathology General Information webpage for more information.

  2. Do most people commute to work?
    Given the large number of vehicles in Los Angeles and the congestion that is commonplace, commuting is an important consideration when choosing a place to live. Most residents drive to work and live within a few miles of the hospital; several residents live within walking or biking distance of the hospital. The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Ride Share program offers incentives for those who walk, bike, take public transportation, or carpool to work.

  3. What is the CSMC campus neighborhood like?
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is in the city of Los Angeles, situated on the borders of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. The surrounding neighborhood is home to many businesses, restaurants and retail centers as well as homes and apartment buildings. Adjacent to the hospital is the Beverly Center shopping mall and Robertson Boulevard, home to world class restaurants and designer boutiques. Nearby, West Hollywood boasts an urban village of coffee shops, restaurants and trendy nightclubs. The Grove shopping center is just over a mile from the hospital campus. The beach at Santa Monica is approximately 10 miles from campus.

  4. Is parking provided and is there a food allowance?
    Parking is provided for residents free of charge. Residents also receive a food allowance card valid in the hospital cafeteria and coffee shop. Fellows are not provided with free parking nor a food allowance. For more information, please refer to the GME website.

                    Photo provided courtesy of former resident Mark Edmonds, MD.
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