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Residency Training Program

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The Pathology Residency Training Program at the UC Irvine School of Medicine is a fully integrated program with four affiliated institutions:

The program offers excellent opportunities for training, teaching and research in both anatomic and clinical pathology. Elective rotations for medical students are available year-round. In addition, fellowships are offered in cytology and surgical pathology.

The primary goal of the Pathology Residency Training Program is to prepare pathologists-in-training for a high-quality community hospital practice or for careers in forensic or academic pathology. As such, it is a fundamental tenet that residents are here for the purpose of training and education.

The execution of service responsibilities is an integral part of such training, and residents are given graduated responsibilities according to their progress and capabilities. At every level, adequate supervision by UC Irvine faculty is provided.

Since one of the principal objectives of a school of medicine is to add to the existing body of knowledge, trainees are strongly encouraged to participate in a variety of ongoing research activities. Pathology differs from other medical specialties in that it has developed largely as the result of research, the primary intent of which has been to explore the structural and molecular bases of human disease.

Exposure to research continues to form an integral part of professional training in the field of pathology.

For more information, contact:

Thomas Lee, MD, PhD

Thomas K. Lee, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor 
Program Director, Residency Program
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Sheila Zhao, MD, PhD Sheila Zhao, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor 
Associate Program Director, Residency Program
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Diana Speaker
Residency Coordinator
714-456-6411