The Department of Pathology provides a residency training program which combines the facilities of the Montreal University Hospital Centre (MUHC) and the departments of pathology of the participating hospitals. The program is open to trainees planning a career in pathology and to those who are required, or choose, to rotate in pathology during the course of training in another specialty.

This is a five-year program for medical graduates entering pathology directly from medical school via CaRMS. 

The PGY-1 year is a clinical year devised by the Pathology Program Director and the individual resident. Rotations are flexible, however, will usually consist of various medical and surgical specialties of more immediate concern to pathology. Candidates who already have had one year of clinical study may enter the second year of the program.

During the PGY-2 to PGY-3 years, the rotational content consists of the following: 3 mandatory periods in autopsy pathology, 21 mandatory periods in surgical and subspecialty pathology, starting with 2 periods of introduction to surgical pathology, a series of one-period rotations in the various subspecialties and finishing with a 3-period rotation of integrated surgical pathology.

In the PGY-4 year, there are 4 periods in cytopathology, 2 periods in forensic pathology, 2 periods in pediatric pathology, 2 periods in neuropathology, 1 period of cytogenetics and 1 period of advanced technology, all mandatory.

During PGY-5, 6-12 periods in one or two of the following are suggested: clinical or anatomical pathology, clinical medicine, clinical or basic research as a block or integrated with other rotations.

There are opportunities to participate in departmental teaching and research projects. It is strongly recommended that residents do six to twelve months of either basic or clinical research during their residency training.

It is a mandatory requirement of the program that residents present at least once at a local or regional meeting of, e.g., the Quebec Association of Pathologists or the Canadian Association of Pathologists. It is highly recommended that residents attempt to have at least one paper published in a peer-review journal during their training period.

The program is fully approved and meets the requirements of the Boards in Anatomical Pathology in Canada and the United States. The program is also designed to be flexible to allow planning of training to meet individual career objectives. For example, it is possible to give emphasis to a special aspect of pathology in order to prepare for a specific job opportunity. This also allows accommodation of trainees with various backgrounds ranging from the first year resident to those with considerable experience in laboratory medicine who wish to acquire expertise in a subspecialty of pathology.

The Clinical Investigator Track is an alternate training stream for the resident who is interested in a research-oriented, academic career in Pathology.  In this stream, there is a minimum two-year research period included as part of a total six-year combined clinical/research training program.  If the resident does not already have a graduate degree, this will allow him/her to complete a M.Sc. degree or begin a Ph.D. degree and to fulfill the requirements of the Royal College Clinical Investigator Program.  Although the research component begins in year 4, the resident receives mentoring from staff to develop his research interests from year 1.  He/she also participates in the monthly teaching sessions of the Clinical Investigator Program and thereby benefits from the career development focus of these sessions as well as the opportunities to meet successful clinical investigators and interact with other residents pursuing this career path.  Further information can be obtained from the Program Director as well as from the Clinical Investigator Program web site: ( and its Program Director.


Lecture Series and Journal Club - Half-day teaching sessions are held weekly during the academic year. Resident attendance is mandatory. The list of topics covered is extensive; the approach is both didactic and practical. Both attending staff and residents are involved in the delivery of these sessions. These sessions cover both basic and specialty pathology as well as the CanMEDS roles. The Journal Club meets monthly.

Surgical Review Conference - The presentation and discussion of selected cases from recent surgical pathology material.

Weekly Autopsy Review Conference - Includes presentation of selected specimens and discussion of findings from recent autopsies. This conference is sometimes combined with clinical teaching conferences or there is a separate clinical conference.

Several weekly conferences are held within the pathology department of each hospital. The nature of these conferences varies among hospitals but, in general, includes a review of interesting surgical and autopsy material, as well as combined clinical-pathology conferences. Attendance at clinical conferences is also encouraged.

Guest Lecture Series - Discussion of topics of interest to pathologists by invited speakers. Visiting lecturers often also present a "slide seminar".

Application is done online.  Requests for further information should be addressed to:

Dr Jason Karamchandani, Program Director
Department of Pathology Department of Pathology
Montreal Neurological Institute
3801 Rue University, Rm 605
Montréal, QC H3A 2B4

Eileen Grenier, Program Administrator
Pathology Teaching Office McGill University,
McGill University Health Centre – Glen Site
1001, Boulevard Décarie, Room E04.4184
Montreal, Quebec H4A 3J1
Tel.: 514-934-1934 ext. 32929

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