Pathology joins College of Medicine accelerated pathway programs
Penn State College of Medicine medical students with an interest in doing a pathology residency now have an option to complete medical school in three years instead of four. The Pathology Accelerated Pathway at Penn State began in the spring and provides students with an opportunity to complete three highly curated years of medical school at the College of Medicine and become eligible for a residency immediately thereafter. It’s one program in the College’s portfolio of three-year accelerated pathways that also includes family medicine, emergency medicine, diagnostic radiology, internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry and orthopedics.
“The goal is to find people who are committed to pathology early in their medical education,” said Dr. Jordan Newell, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. “If pathology is what they want to do, we will provide them with the training they need to be successful as pathologists and get them to their goal in the shortest amount of time.”
There is also a broader purpose to the program, according to Dr. Amyn Rojiani, professor and chair of pathology and laboratory medicine.
“This effort also stems from the fact that our field has seen a consistent decline in the number of U.S. medical seniors choosing pathology as their career residency choice. A number of national organizations, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) being one, recognizes this significant issue and addresses it in various ways,” said Rojiani, a member of the CAP’s Pathologist Pipeline Ad Hoc Committee.
Two students were selected as inaugural members of the program.
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