Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions

People

How many residents are in the program?
UMMC has 12 categorical positions for each year.

How available are attending physicians and specialists?
Every rotation has a designated attending physician available around-the-clock, either in the hospital or by pager. Residents feel very comfortable calling staff as needed.

Who does the teaching (residents, fellows, or faculty)?
At UMMC, we are proud to have some of the best educators in the southeast. Most of the didactic sessions in the core curriculum are led by faculty members. A great deal of the teaching of the program is done as patient care decisions are made and comes from other residents, fellows, and faculty, even students!

Do residents have mentors?
Each resident is assigned a mentor, who is a faculty member not in the area of the resident’s clinical interest, during the first half of his/her residency year. Meetings occur quarterly, but can occur more often if the resident and coach so desire.

Do residents meet individually with the program leadership?
All residents meet individually with the program director or an associate program director on a semi-annual basis for review of performance and milestone accomplishment and to address any of the resident's concerns with the program.

Programs

How do I apply for the pathology residency program?
We are only accepting applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

What is your residency application deadline?
Nov. 1

How many people are interviewed each year by the Pathology Residency Program and how many are accepted? 
We interview approximately 20-40 candidates each year for two (2) to four (4) PGY-1 positions.

What is a typical residency interview day like?
The day of your interview will begin before 8 a.m. and end by 2 p.m.  

Are there any international medical graduates (IMGs) in your program?
Yes! Currently we have or have had IMGs in our residency program.

What are the application requirements for IMGs?
Graduate of a medical school outside the United States or Canada approved for listing by the World Health Organization or equivalent accrediting body and possess a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (EFCMG) upon graduation of IMG.

What type of visas are supported?
Only J-1 visas are accepted for medical resident positions.

What is the call schedule like?
PGY-1 do not take call. PGY-2 and PGY-3 take Junior level AP and CP call. Senior level (pretending) call for AP services and CP call are taken by PGY-4 and PGY-3 residents (in the latter months of their PGY-3 year). Call is taken one week at a time, and for PGY-3 and PGY-4 years, AP/CP Call may be taken concurrently. Call responsibilities for fellows are specialty specific and will be addressed in greater detail during the interview process.

In the Department of Pathology, what fellowships are offered?
UMMC Pathology offers a cytopathology fellowship.

What research opportunities are available?
There are numerous research opportunities available ranging from case series write up to translational dash type collaborative projects with clinical faculty to bench research opportunities.

How is the grossing schedule organized?
Surgical Pathology is organized by subspecialty sign out. Residents rotating on Surgical Pathology will be assigned to gross on one of 4-5 subspecialty grossing benches, for a one week period. They will have the opportunity to rotate on all of the subspecialty benches at least once during each year of residency.

Do residents have their own workspace?
Each resident has their own workspace assigned to them in the pathology residency room, located in both Anatomic area. Fellows are assigned specific workspace in their specialty area.

What are the ALS and BLS requirements?
None.

Do all rotations take place at the UMMC campus?
During your PGY-4 year, you will do a one-month dermatopathology rotation at our local dermatopathology associates.

What medical license options are available for residents and fellows during their training?
The GME Office provides assistance in the coordination for all residents and fellows to get an “interns and residents” license so that they can function during their training.

What other teaching conferences are scheduled?
We have morning didactic conferences ranging from anatomical pathology to clinical pathology. We have a Journal Club, Autopsy, and Grand Rounds conference held once a month typically on Fridays.

Do your residents pass the pathology board exam?
We are proud to say that our board pass rate is excellent. 100% of our residents passed the board exam last year.  

Places

Is this a university-based or a community-based program?
The program is university-based with UMMC as the primary training site. About 1/4 of each resident's time across the 36 months of training is spent at the adjacent VA Medical Center. UMMC is the the only Level 1 trauma hospital in the state. With a total of 722 beds, it is the largest diagnostic, treatment and referral care system in Mississippi. Inpatient stays total about 29,000 annually with more than 209,000 outpatient and emergency visits every year. UMMC encompasses SIX health science schools with more than 2,800 students and with over 9,100 employees, the medical center is the largest employer in Mississippi. The VA has about 60 medical beds and the MICU has been remodeled recently. 

What is the patient population (disease processes, socioeconomic background, variety)?
As the only academic medical center in a state with great disparities in health status, high disease and mortality rates and low socioeconomic status, UMMC serves a large and culturally diverse population. A large number of patients from the Jackson area use the University for primary care, and patients from around Mississippi are referred for procedures and for diagnostic or therapeutic dilemmas. About half the patients are government-insured (Medicare and/or Medicaid) with a fair number of uninsured and some privately insured patients. Many state and local officials are cared for at the University Hospital. The VA population is predominantly male, older, and with more "bread and butter" internal medicine diagnoses.

Perks

How much vacation time annually?
All residents have four weeks of vacation time each year.

Is there provision for educational leave?
Attendance at regional or national meetings is encouraged and administrative leave is provided for meetings.

What is the maternity/sick leave policy?
Medical leave is available for use in accordance with hospital policy. The amount of paid leave available depends on the length of employment. Up to six weeks of maternity leave may be taken without extending training time.

Is affordable housing available near the hospital?
Yes, there are several neighborhoods within 10 minutes driving distance of the hospital with affordable housing. UMMC works with Off Campus Partners to help locate housing.

Is parking free for residents?
Yes, residents are provided covered parking at no charge. 

What is the salary?
Information regarding salary and benefits can be found here.