Residency Program

The strength of our program lies in the exceptional core training provided by a broad range of cases and the expertise of our faculty at UWMC and our affiliated hospitals. Whether academic medicine or community practice, our graduates are ready to join more than 500 alumni in a rewarding, life-long career in the multi-faceted specialty of pathology. We offer residents a flexible learning experience in all areas of anatomic and clinical pathology and are recognized as one of the most outstanding programs in the country through our activities in diagnosis, teaching and research. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has accredited our program for 35 years.

We accomplish this broad-based training with 150 faculty members at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Services, Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Swedish Medical Center and other medical facilities across the Pacific Northwest. Designated an 2010-11 Honor Roll hospital by U.S. News, the University of Washington Medical Center offers primary and specialty care to people in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The School of Medicine is a recognized leader in the biomedical sciences and the teaching of medicine, excelling in both training and scientific research.

Celebrating 50 years of excellence, the program offers training opportunities and fellowships in a broad range of subspecialty areas. The Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have one of the highest levels of federal research funding of any pathology department in the United States, with research programs conducted in more than 50 laboratories. Our residency program offers exceptional opportunities for research training in basic science, disease pathogenesis, and translational research applied to clinical practice.

We strive to provide applicants with complete information about our program, our residents and faculty, our institution, and our city within this website. We hope this information is helpful in deciding to apply to our program.

Program Aims

  • Prioritize patient care as the core value that guides diagnostic work, research and education.
  • Provide trainees the tools to identify and pursue their own career path and foster their professional development.
  • Recruit residents who want to achieve excellence in diagnostic pathology, research, and education.
  • Set an example of life-long learning and critical thinking. 
  • Promote, encourage and support a healthy work-life balance.


The department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology residency training program believes that diversity is integral to excellence, and refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more. The aims of diversity are to broaden and deepen our experience in all areas of learning and work that support our mission of improving the health of the public. For the aims of diversity to be fully realized, the institutional culture must be one of inclusion, where all individuals are valued and honored, and resources and opportunity are distributed equitably and without undue bias. We embrace these values and seek such diversity in our resident applicants and faculty.

We encourage you to view some of the diversity initiatives taking place within our department and the University of Washington as a whole:

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