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Memorial University of Newfoundland - Anatomical Pathology - St. John's

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Program Director

Dr. Simon Kirby

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Interim Assistant Program Director

Dr. Andrea Simmonds

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HIGHLIGHTS

The Fully Accredited Anatomical Pathology Program at Memorial University is centrally located within the historical capital city of St. John's. The Program is small, which enables daily one-on-one teaching with staff Pathologists. Currently, there are 9 residents (2 PGY1, 2 PGY2, 2 PGY3, 1 PGY4, and 2 PGY5). The residency program is five years with a curriculum that adheres to the Competence by Design model. PGY1 includes Transition to Discipline, Foundations of Discipline, and multiple rotations within the other specialties, including pediatric emergency, medical oncology, general surgery, general internal medical, and gynecology. There are also 2 blocks for selectives and 1 block for an elective. PGY2 includes orientation to completing autopsies and grossing specimens, followed by rotations that further emphasize grossing skills, which may include rotations in gastrointestinal pathology, gynecologic pathology, dermatopathology, head and neck pathology, genitourinary pathology, breast pathology, and cytopathology. During the next two years (PGY3-PGY4), subspecialty rotations including pediatric pathology, cytology, neuropathology, molecular pathology, and forensic pathology occur. There is also a six-month elective period in PGY4. In the final year of training (PGY5), the resident experiences a "hot heat" rotation, which gives him/her more responsibility. The level of responsibility increases during the five year program. If interested, a resident may complete a rural rotation at a rural Newfoundland or New Brunswick site.


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GENERAL INFORMATION

The mission of the Anatomical Pathology resident training program at Memorial University is to produce respectful, competent specialists in Anatomical Pathology, through Competence by Design (CBD). Our mission also includes a patient-centred approach to evidence based practices, advocating for health across and within all communities, exposure to research and/or encouraging residents to develop scholarly interest, effective communication with all staff within the laboratory and throughout the hospital and/or community, and flexibility within the training program (residents are able to partially individualize/ tailor their training plans in order to meet their career goals).


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During residency (starting in PGY1), there are multiple rounds which occur within the department and interdepartmentally (with departments which may include radiology, oncology, internal medicine, and surgery). The rounds allow for interactions between colleagues and disciplines. Residents are required to present at autopsy rounds and medical-pathology rounds. Each resident is also required to complete a research project during residency.


Residents participate in the Academic Half Day in Pathology, which is a weekly series of teaching sessions. Residents are excused from service duties in order to attend these sessions.