Rachel Finck, M.D.Interim Chair, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Welcome to the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
A fully ACGME approved four-year comprehensive, combined training core program in Anatomic and Clinical pathology, or three year training in Anatomic only, are available. The program is ACGME-approved for a total of 16 positions. The training program accepts candidates who have had one year or more of training in a clinical specialty, medical research, transitional year internship, or new medical school graduates. The combined program features anatomic and clinical rotations integrated in every year. The core curriculum anatomic pathology rotations include autopsy pathology, surgical pathology, forensic pathology, exfoliative and aspiration cytology, neuropathology, molecular biology and diagnostic electron microscopy. The clinical pathology rotations are taken in clinical biochemistry and toxicology, hematopathology, HLA typing and cytogenetics, microbiology, immunopathology, and blood banking laboratories.
Management and administration of laboratories is taught by integration into each rotation. In either program, three months of elective rotations are offered in the third and fourth year to all trainees who are in compliance with basic curriculum requirements. The trainees will also contribute to the interdepartmental residency teaching programs of the Pathology Department. AP microscopic teaching conferences are conducted 3 or 4 days per week, and autopsy review conference once weekly for all residents. Senior residents will have the opportunity to serve as Chief Residents and Junior Attendings.
The Harbor-UCLA Pathology Residency Training Program is structured to achieve the goal of preparing highly qualified medical graduates to become competent and productive Anatomic and Clinical Pathologists, with the potential to pursue a career in the community hospital setting or in an academic teaching and research setting, as they may choose.
The Faculty of the Department of Pathology consists of 10 full-time physicians holding academic appointments with the UCLA School of Medicine, an active group of associated pathologists with clinical teaching appointments with the UCLA School of Medicine, and Ph.D. microbiologist, molecular biologist and clinical chemist.
Faculty supervision is a key component strength of the program, not only in the high quality of the teaching staff, but in the faculty execution of department philosophy regarding the faculty role. In the operating room, members of the academic staff truly serve in the capacity of supervising the resident—not to dictate care or to perform the procedure.
Residents have a longitudinal Community Medicine curriculum designed to facilitate the development of knowledge, attitude, skills and behavior to place their patients’ needs in the context of their community, in order to become more effective, socially conscious family physicians.
Harbor-UCLA is proud to be the location of the Blood Donor Center for the County of Los Angeles Hospital system. The Blood Donor Center facilitates blood donations as well as many procedures including outpatient apheresis, therapeutic phlebotomy and blood transfusions..
Residents complete some elective and mandatory rotations at other facilities as part of their curriculum. These locations include Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC+USC), Kaiser Permanente (Cytology) and UCLA main campus in Westwood. The Los Angeles County Coroner provides an excellent opportunity to be exposed to forensic autopsy of a large metropolitan city. Residents are required to complete a one month rotation at the coroner
Applications for the residency program are accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please read the following letter from our Residency Program Director regarding required application materials for our Program and general information about the interview process.