Pathology Residency

Letter from the Program Director:


Hartford Hospital Pathology Residency is an ACGME accredited program that has the capacity to develop trainees prepared to become academic pathologists and has the skills to readily practice in a community hospital. The twelve residents in our program (3 per PGY level) experience a wide variety of cases in our high-volume surgical pathology and cytopathology services under the supervision and teaching of highly qualified and dedicated faculty. In addition, our program provides our residents with both knowledge and clinical experiences in all aspects of clinical pathology, with recent adjustments in our curriculum that will provide awareness to the role of the pathologist in the changing medical environment. We are committed to having our residents achieve the level of competence in all milestones in pathology training.

Hartford Hospital (HH) is the largest of the multiple hospitals in Connecticut under Hartford HealthCare that recently formed an alliance with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. HH covers all the surgical sub-specialties, having one of the largest volumes of robotic surgeries in New England, pioneering the hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy and is one of the region’s only “bloodless” surgical centers. Being an 867- bed tertiary care hospital and regional referral center and having the state’s only helicopter ambulance, HH draws patients from most of Connecticut and southwestern Massachusetts. Our campus also houses the 97-bed CT Children’s Medical Center, providing a total of 964 inpatient beds.

A somewhat unique arrangement in this program is that although the residency is administered by HH, the faculty is staffed by Hartford Pathology Associates (HPA), a private practice group. HPA has a full compliment of sub-specialty trained pathologists, garnering referrals from other local hospitals; however, our surgical pathologist also practice as “generalists” which serves the residency program well to hone the skills of our residents for the “bread and butter’ of pathology.

There is ample opportunity for teaching and research. In addition to teaching the junior residents while on service, you will also get the opportunity to teach students from the University of CT School of Medicine and clinical house staffs who rotate to our department for a month-long clerkship. Research is actively supported with mentoring, statistical assistance, study design development and financial support for attending national meetings to present accepted abstracts. Our staffs actively support the many multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional programs of Hartford HealthCare, working on research projects with our clinical colleagues and their residents.

It is with great pride to claim that some of the best in the field came from our program, that some of our residents have gone to the most competitive fellowships in the country and excelled there and our attendants, who have been trained at the country’s most competitive programs chose to come and practice here. It is with great pride that I say I myself, am a product of it.


Mary Fiel-Gan, M.D.
Program Director
Pathology Residency Program