Anatomical Pathology

Anatomical Pathology Residency Training Program Overview

Program Length: Five years
Session Dates: July 1 – June 30
Program Structure: Series of mandatory and elective rotations as well as three hours/week didactic sessions
Evaluation Methods: Direct Observation, Written, Slide and Oral Exams, Resident Portfolio
Program Director:  S. Done
Accreditation: Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, American Board of Pathology

Program Structure

PGY 1: The first year is a general clinical year similar to a rotating internship. The PGY 1 year allows the new pathology resident to build upon knowledge and skills gained in medical school and the clinical clerkship. It is intended to give the resident a broad-based exposure in preparation for specific specialty training in anatomical pathology and for the MCCQE Part II examination.

Core Surgical Pathology: Following PGY 1, the next 18 months of the program are composed of core training in anatomical pathology, involving autopsy and surgical pathology. Core Surgical Pathology rotations are undertaken at the following training sites:

  • UHN – Toronto General Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Health Centre

Mandatory Rotations: Subsequently, residents spend 13 months in the following mandatory rotations:

  • pediatric pathology (three months)
  • cytopathology (three months)
  • molecular pathology (three months)
  • neuropathology (two months)
  • forensic pathology (two months)

Senior Elective Rotations: This selective period allows residents to tailor their individual training to their career goals and may include the following areas:

  • Basic Research
  • Breast Pathology
  • Community Pathology
  • Cytopathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Endocrine Pathology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Genitourinary Pathology
  • Gynecological Pathology
  • Head & Neck Pathology
  • Hematological Pathology
  • Liver Pathology
  • Lung Pathology
  • Lymphoma
  • Medical Kidney
  • Neuropathology
  • Pediatric Pathology
  • Placental Pathology
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Renal Pathology
  • Soft Tissue Pathology
  • Transfusion Medicine

Detailed Goals and Objectives for Core rotations, Mandatory rotations and most selectives can be found in the programs Goals & Objectives document, available through the Anatomical Pathology Web Portal.

Electives in other areas may be arranged through the residency program director and committee, in conjunction with the individuals/sites concerned.

All of the hospital departments deal with a wide variety of specimens from all body sites and use multiple investigative techniques. Each hospital has particular strengths in some area or technique.

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Applying to the Program


Candidates with Canadian Citizenship or Permament Residency must apply to the Laboratory Medicine Program through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Basic eligibility criteria for the program can be viewed at the CaRMs website:

Selection Criteria

It may be advantageous, but not mandatory, for applicants to have previous experience or to have taken an elective in pathology.

Selection is based upon the candidate's:

  • academic record
  • research experience
  • references
  • a demonstrated interest in laboratory medicine as a career

Given the large number of applicants each year, we are not able to offer an interview to all candidates. Personal interviews are offered to candidates based on the criteria listed above and are mandatory for admission to the program.

International Medical Graduates accepted into the program will have access to the same opportunities, training and experience as Canadian Medical Graduates.

Sponsored Residencies

The Anatomical Pathology Program is not accepting sponsored residents at this time.

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Anatomical Pathology Web Portal

Anatomical Pathology Web Portal

The portal is a web “space” on the University of Toronto Quercus system where information specific to the Anatomical Pathology Programs is kept. Content is developed and maintained for and by residents and all program-wide announcements are posted there. Other information available:

  • online textbooks
  • pathology links
  • discussion groups
  • CanMEDs online enrichment course
  • allocation schedule
  • Academic Half-Day Schedules and past presentations
  • LMP guidelines and forms
  • PGCorED Modules

If you are a Resident currently enrolled in the Anatomical Pathology training program, please contact the LMP Postgraduate Office at  to obtain an account on the AP Portal.

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