Cytopathology Rotation

The goal of the cytopathology rotation is to develop competence in this subspecialty of anatomic pathology. To this end, it is expected that the resident will become conversant with the diagnostic criteria necessary for the accurate interpretation of gynecologic specimens, exfoliative non-gynecologic specimens, and fine needle aspirations from a variety of superficial and deep sites.

The service is split into two (1. PAP smears and gynecologic specimens, 2 Fine needle aspirations, each staffed by an attending, and residents will typically rotate between the two every other week.  The case mix is excellent including gynecologic specimens, the typical array of non-FNA non-gyn specimens, and FNAs.  The FNAs include image-guided ones and pathologist-performed ones, providing opportunities for ROSE (rapid on site evaluation) and for residents to perform FNAs themselves.  There is more than enough volume to train, in addition to an array of educational materials that include books, study sets, and on-line sites. 

Junior residents learn about specimen processing, diagnostic criteria for the different anatomic sites, and the use of ancillary studies.  More senior residents are expected to review, write-up, and complete cases, and are involved in presentation at one or more patient treatment planning conferences. Resident performance in the RISE is excellent and above the national average. 

The Department also offers one cytopathology fellowship per year. 

Rotation Highlights

  • Variety of specimens
  • Experience doing Fine Needle Aspirations
  • Faculty are excellent teachers
  • Graduated responsibilities