Message from the Department Chair

The residency program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a 48-month combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology training program.  As a potential resident in the Department Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Albany Medical Center, we welcome your interest and recognize the importance of your future  contribution to our program.

We affirm, accept and commit to the same core Mission, Vision and Values that bind the Albany Medical Center and are totally dedicated to applying those same values to the education and training of our pathology residents. 

We have structured our educational program and curriculum in anatomic and clinical pathology to keep abreast with current clinical practices as well as to include innovative new technologies. We address all aspects of the practice of pathology from the diagnosis in the frozen section room, through the final professional sign out and the integration of clinical “rounding” during the CP rotations.  We employ the criteria and standards of competency based education into all of our educational rotations.  Our residents are afforded the opportunity to review cases prior to their assigned diagnostic sign out and to research patient clinical history as well as relevant research articles in relation to the individual anatomic and clinical diagnoses. We continually seek to improve our service rotations and training in order to make it the best possible educational experience. It is our intent to provide a broad range of medical and biomedical education for health care professionals at every level to ensure an intellectually stimulating, resource rich environment as the framework for excellence in patient centered areas of training.

Our pathology residents are actively involved in medical student teaching, resident presentations, intradepartmental tumor boards and journal club presentations. We have numerous regularly scheduled resident lectures as well as frequent visiting professors

We are actively involved in clinical research, and strongly encourage our residents to participate in translational research studies that lead to scientific advancements and aid in early disease detection, diagnosis and the discovery and development of novel biomarkers capable of predicting disease outcome and the individualization of therapy. The department funds travel to national scientific meetings where residents have accepted posters and platform presentations. Graduates of our residency program have often achieved significant recognition for their research endeavors including numerous publications that have enabled them to be accepted into a wide variety of prestigious sub-specialty fellowship programs.

We attempt to foster an environment of mutual kindness, concern, consideration, and compassion in the performance of our professional duties and in our interactions with clinicians and patients that we serve. 

We maintain an awareness of the value of the service that we perform and continually seek ways in which we can improve our patient care activities and the training of our pathologists-in-training. We work together as a cohesive unit, and recognize the overall goal of excellence in patient care whether it is through education, research or clinical activities.

We accept responsibility for individual adherence to standards of excellence and compliance to established guidelines for attaining excellence

As a resident in pathology, you are an important part of this process and your commitment and contributions to your training program will directly influence the reputation of our Albany Medical Center Residency Training Program. 

I am delighted that you have an interest in our residency training program and I sincerely hope that you will find your participation in our program not only productive and challenging but also rewarding. 

We are very proud of the pathologists that we have trained and of the contributions that they are continuing to make to healthcare.


Jeffery S. Ross, M.D.
Cyrus Strong Merrill Professor and Chairman
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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