Hospitals and Facilities
Anatomical Pathology is based at Kingston General Hospital (KGH), southeastern Ontario’s leading centre for complex-acute and specialty care. KGH is also home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, allowing for a wide range of oncology-related pathology. The hospital serves almost 500,000 people and the large consultative service for pathology ensures an excellent mix of case material and numbers to provide good volume for residents. KGH was ranked in 2011 as one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals by Research Infosource.
KGH is a regional forensic centre, ensuring that residents are exposed to a wide breadth of autopsy cases. The autopsy suite at KGH can accommodate the performance of two concurrent autopsies and full technical support is available at all times. The suite contains state-of-the-art equipment for gross photography, including a stereoscope and a post-mortem x-ray suite. Residents have access to photomicroscopes with immunofluorescence capability, a faxitron for radiological examination of specimens, and a rapidly expanding archive of digital gross and microscopic images.
Surgical pathology facilities include a large and well-equipped histopathology laboratory housing a grossing area, frozen section area, histopathology bench space (including special stains and immunohistochemistry sections) and a cytology wet lab. This allows for optimal interactions between diverse aspects of the laboratory functioning. The service is fully supported by a DNA diagnostics service including gene and tissue microarrays, a cytogenetics laboratory, a flow cytometry laboratory, broad immunohistochemistry capability, and electron microscopy.