Pathology Interest Group

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carmen Sarita-Reyes, and Dr. Joel Henderson,

Student Leaders:


The mission of the BUSM pathology interest group is to provide medical students with early exposure to the field of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. We aim to:

  1. Increase awareness of the breadth of Pathology and Laboratory medicine during the pre-clinical years;
  2. Demonstrate the integral role of pathologists in providing clinical care to patients;
  3. Demonstrate how knowledge gained during the pre-clinical curriculum forms the fundamental knowledge base for the practice of pathology


  1. Increase the number of medical students matching into pathology – can be measured by monitoring Class Match Day statistics
  2. Increase understanding of the breadth of pathology

We will accomplish these objectives by providing opportunities that span the broad scope of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, including:

  1. Facilitate shadowing experiences within both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, at the microscope and grossing bench
  2. Scheduled autopsy observation. (At Boston Medical Center, through Department of Pathology. Organize day trip to OCME – lecture on overview of Forensic Pathology, followed by tour of autopsy room)
  3. Microbiology plate rounds
  4. Hands-on FNA and frozen section workshops
  5. Case presentations
  6. Speaker series
  7. Dissemination of department research opportunities
  8. Career lunches
  9. Journal club type event


  • A list compiled by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) of both funded and non-funded clinical and research opportunities open to medical students considering taking additional time during medical school to pursue Pathology-oriented training in Pathology programs across the country.
  • Pathology Outlines is an authoritative all-around resource for gathering pathology-related information quickly and easily – the ‘Uptodate’ of Pathology!
  • The ‘Additional Career Development Resources’ section of this website has two pdf links of interest to those considering a career in Pathology.
  • This resource is a collection of quotations and interviews with US- and UK-based pathologists.
  • A directory for looking up basic information about all Pathology Residency programs in the United States.
  • The Intersociety Council for Pathology Information’s website of Training Resources for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This is an excellent resource for finding information about a career in Pathology.