The Anatomical Pathology curriculum is offered over thirteen four-week blocks each year. The first year of the program provides broad-based exposure to fields relevant to the practice of Anatomical Pathology. This includes clinical rotations in areas such as internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics/ gynaecology, urology, oncology, emergency medicine, radiology, and pediatrics. The first year of the program also prepares residents for success on Part II of the Medical Council of Canada’s Qualifying Examination (MCCQE-II).
In the PGY2 and PGY3 years, training becomes more focused and concentrates on fields such as autopsy pathology, surgical pathology, and cytopathology. Rotations are primarily two blocks in duration. During their junior years, residents are supervised and guided through the examination of surgical specimens in order to establish appropriate sampling and microscopic examination.
The PGY4 and PGY5 years are comprised mainly of electives, drawn from either Anatomical or Non-Anatomical Pathology rotations, and selectives. A wide scope of opportunities are available as residents may undertake research projects, study certain disciplines in more depth, or rotate in a clinical or laboratory discipline. There are no restrictive rules and some funding is available to support extramural training. In the senior years, residents function more independently and are increasingly responsible for such tasks as independent chart reviews, pro-sections of the body, and the development of both Provisional and Final Autopsy reports with appropriate supervision.