Program description

The pathology residency programs at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offer unparalleled training in anatomic and clinical pathology for a successful career in private practice or academic pathology.

The program offers four tracks and a research pathway:

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency (five residency positions each year)
  • Anatomic Pathology Residency (one residency position each year)
  • Clinical Pathology Residency (one residency position each year)
  • Combined Anatomic Pathology Residency and Neuropathology Fellowship (one position each year)
  • Research Pathway: One year of research support is offered to one incoming applicant each year

For those interested in devoted time for basic, translational or clinical research, up to six months of electives during residency training can be devoted to research. In addition, a physician-scientist research pathway is available that offers an additional funded year of training dedicated to research. One trainee each year is typically appointed to this track, with residents in the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, or Clinical Pathology track typically doing the research year after the second year of clinical training.

Two additional funded research positions are available through participation in the Clinician-Investigator Training Program, a competitive institution-wide program designed to support the development of physician-scientists. A Ph.D., master's degree or postdoctoral certificate in clinical and translational science are also available.

Some of the highlights of training in our program include:

  • Access to material received through our highly active surgical pathology consult practice (more than 60,000 expert consultations a year).
  • Access to laboratory specimens received through our rapidly growing national reference laboratory.
  • Access to the consultative expertise and cutting-edge technologies required to evaluate those specimens.
  • A small residency class size (29 total residents) relative to the faculty size (52 anatomic pathology faculty members and 58 clinical pathology faculty members).
  • Extensive curriculum of lectures, conferences, journal clubs and seminars.
  • Intensive training in the unique Mayo frozen section laboratory. The frozen section method was developed at Mayo and has been successfully utilized ever since. Learn more about our frozen section laboratory through the rotation description and frequently asked questions links.
  • Unique multiple all-day seminar series in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology leadership and management course. Mayo Clinic is committed to training future leaders in medicine and has worked with our department to develop a revolutionary curriculum in leadership and management specifically for pathology residents and fellows.
  • Numerous fellowship training programs offered in the department.
  • Elective rotations at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida.

Each year, the Division of Anatomic Pathology evaluates more than 110,000 surgical and consult specimens and performs more than 500 autopsies. The annual cytopathology workload is more than 60,000 specimens a year. More than 13 million laboratory tests are performed in Mayo Clinic laboratories annually.


This residency program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


After completing the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency in the AP/CP, AP only, CP only, or AP/NP tracks, you are eligible to take the certification examination offered by the American Board of Pathology.

Aug. 23, 2016