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Welcome to the Westchester Medical Center Pathology Residency Program

It is my great pleasure and honor to serve as the Program Director of the Pathology Residency program at Westchester Medical Center, a quaternary referral center set in the beautiful wooded suburb of New York City. We are committed to promote excellence and diversity in our quality of care and patient services. Our program is designed to provide a strong foundation in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology to prepare the residents for either academic- or community-based Pathology practices.

Our program offers ACGME accredited training for 12 residents either in combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (4-year APCP track), or single track of Anatomic Pathology (3-year AP track) or Clinical Pathology (3-year CP track). Generally, three first-year positions are open each July.

The training is integrated in various areas of AP and CP throughout the four years including rotations in Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Autopsy, Transplant Pathology, Hematopathology, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine, Cytogenetics, Molecular Pathology, Laboratory Management, Informatics, and HLA among others. The schedule is made in 4-week modules. Elective time can be used to further investigate an area of interest or for research. All our residents participate in yearly research projects, QA & QI projects, and journal clubs. Often their projects lead to poster or platform presentations at the national conferences, which they are strongly encouraged to attend.

I hope the information in this website is helpful and gives you an overview of our training program. You will take advantage of every opportunity and make good use of all the facilities we have here at Westchester Medical Center. Our wonderful support staff are there to guide you along the way, and the faculty interests and expertise are vast and varied, in order to be as inclusive as possible to accommodate pathology residents from any and all backgrounds and experience.

Thank you for your interest in the Westchester Medical Center Pathology Residency Program.

Sincerely,

Humayun K. Islam, MD, PhD
Program Director, Pathology Residency
Clinical Professor of Pathology, New York Medical College
Chief, Anatomic Pathology
Director, Hematopathology

Residency in Pathology - Anatomic & Clinical Pathology

Programs Offered
Fully approved pathology residency programs are offered in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology (three years) and combined anatomic and clinical pathology (four years). The training integrates both anatomical and clinical pathologic training throughout all four years. Anatomic pathology training includes surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, hematopathology, renal pathology, neuropathology, cytopathology, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and forensic pathology. Clinical pathology encompasses clinical chemistry, hematology, transfusion medicine, transplant immunology, flow cytometry, medical microbiology, immunology, serology, laboratory management and informatics. 

All pathology residents participate in yearly research projects. The projects often lead to poster and platform presentations at national conferences, which residents are encouraged to attend. Expenses related to such conferences are reimbursed. For residents who wish to gain additional experience in pathology research, the Valhalla campus and the Cancer Research Institute offer the opportunity to participate in a number of ongoing projects under the direction of a departmental faculty member. The residents have full access to the library facilities of New York Medical College and access to medical literature online wherever they are. They attend monthly meetings of New York Pathological Society and Westchester Pathology Society in addition to daily departmental conferences and certain clinical conferences. The chief residents and qualified senior residents may receive appointments as Instructors in the Medical College and participate in the education of sophomore medical students.

Types and Numbers of Appointments
Twelve positions are available at the Valhalla Campus: generally three PGY-1 openings are offered each July. Residents are assigned full time to 
Westchester Medical Center Hospital (WMC) of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. All elective and required rotations including forensic pathology and cytogenetics are offered within the campus. One month is allocated for an outside rotation of the residents choosing in the third year of training. 

Curriculum

Outline of Rotations

Anatomic Pathology (AP): 26 months 
- Surgical Pathology: 18 months
- Autopsy: 4 months
- Cytology: 3 months
- Medical Examiner: 1 month
Clinical Pathology (CP): 19 months 
Electives (either AP or CP): 3 months 
*All durations are approximated and may be adjusted as needed 

Westchester Medical Center STATs 

Anatomic Pathology 
- 18,000 Surgical Specimens 
- 70 Autopsies 
- 1,200 GYN
- 2,600 Non-GYN 
- Urologic 
- Effusions 
- Pulmonary 
- CFS 
- GI 

Special Laboratories 
Renal Pathology 
Immunopathology 
Molecular Pathology 
Electron Microscopy 
Cytogenetics
- Karyotyping
- FISH 
Forensic Pathology 

Clinical Pathology 
Hematology
Flow Cytometry 
Chemistry 
Microbiology 
Serology 
Tissue Typing /HLA
(renal, liver, heart transplantation) 

Transfusion Service 
New York Blood Services

Research

The opportunities for research at both at WMC and NYMC are vast. We currently have projects focused on multiple different areas including; conventional histology, immunohistochemistry, cancer genomics, microbiology and informatics. Residents are able to access a wide array of resources to allow for participation in clinical studies as well as bench work.

Of note are the two Illumina MiSeq next generation sequencers, one at the college and the other at the medical center, and our Phillips whole slide scanner that are available for resident projects. Currently multiple studies engaging these are allowing us to access the forefront of medicine. Regardless of your interest, multiple projects can be undertaken and are encouraged.


PGY - 1

Soumya Mikkilineni, MD, MPH
N.R.I. Medical College, Guntur

Mozibur Rahman, MBBS
Dhaka Medical College

Helena Tomac Pavosevic, MD
Medicinski Fakultet, Sveucilišta u Zagrebu

Sidra Zaheer, MBBS 
Dow Medical College

PGY - 2

Marcelo Ferreira Cassini, MD, PhD
Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) Faculdade de Medicina

Haiyan Li, MD
Peking University Health Science Center

PGY - 3

Rugved Pattarkine, MD
Smolensk State Medical Academy
Chief Resident 2019-2020

Kemin Xu, MD, PhD 
Jiangxi Medical College

Qiqi Ye, MD, PhD
Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University

PGY- 4

Sarwat Gilani, MD
Foundation University Medical College (FUMC)
Chief Resident 2019-2020

Dana Marie Razzano, MD
St. George's University School of Medicine

Shamima Sultana, MD, PhD
Dhaka National Medical College & Hospital

Alumni

2019

Alexandra Budhai, MD
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Christian Salib, MD
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Sina Zomorrodian, DO
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alae Kawam, DO
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

2018

Taliya Farooq, MBBS 
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Medical College

Faisal Saeed, MBBS 
Medical School: King Edward Medical University

2017

Galam Khan, MD
Medical School: Sher-E-Bangla Medical College

Eric Vail, MD
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Esther Yoon, MD
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Women’s Pathology, NYU Langone Health

2016

Sabina Hajiyeva
Medical School: Azerbaijan State Medical University

Faisal Huq Ronny, MD 
Medical School: Dhaka Medical College
Fellowship: Hematopathology, NYU Langone Health

Pallavi Khattar, MD
Medical School: Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune
Fellowship: Hematopathology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Surgical Pathology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

2015

Maheen Hossain, MD
Medical School: University of Dhaka
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology - Long Island Jewish Medical Center (2015)

Boaz Kurtis, MD
Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine
Fellowship: Molecular Genetic Pathology - Columbia University (2015)
Dermatopathology - Cockerell University (2016)

Kashan Khalid, MD
Medical School: Khyber Medical College
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology - Staten Island University (2015)

Xiaoyong Zheng, MD
Medical School: Third Military Medical University


Liying Han, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Cytopathology and Gynecological Pathology

Education: Medical School: Fourth Military Medical University
Residency: North Shore University Hospital
Fellowship: Cytopathology- Wayne State University

Humayun K. Islam, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Pathology
Interim-Chair, Pathology
Program Director, Pathology Residency
Chief, Anatomic Pathology
Director, Hematopathology

Medical School: Dhaka Medical School
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: Hematopathology- New York University Medical Center

George M. Kleinman, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine
Neuropathology

Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: New England Medical Center

Chitra Kumar, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory

Patrick A. Lento, MD
Professor of Pathology and Medicine
Pathology Course Director
Cardiovascular Pathology

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency: The Mount Sinai Hospital

Fouzia A. Shakil, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Hematopathology and Pulmonary Pathology

Medical School: Sir Sallmullah Medical College
Residency: Oregon Health and Science University
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology- Oregon Health and Science University

Guiqing Wang, PhD
Director, Microbiology Laboratory

Xiaotong Wang, MD
Medical School: China Medical University, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, PR China
Residency: Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C
Fellowship: Renal Pathology, University of Washington
Oncologic Pathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Hao Wu, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director, Pathology Residency
Medical School: Xi’an Medical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
Residency: Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
PGY-1, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY


Applications 

Candidates must be graduates of approved schools in the U.S. or Canada, or foreign medical graduations of approved schools and have passed Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3 of the USMLE. Foreign medical graduates must have an appropriate Visa. Satisfactory references are required. Applicants for the first year positions must apply through ERAS. We participate in the NRMP. July 1 is the normal beginning date for residencies.

Adrienne Dolginko, C-TAGME

Residency Coordinator │Pathology Department

Westchester Medical Center

Member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network

Macy Pavilion, 1416│100 Woods Road Valhalla, NY 10595 

(O) 914-493-5289 │(F) 914-493-5742

Adrienne.Dolginko@wmchealth.orgwww.westchestermedicalcenter.com