University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program

KThompson Chair smallAloha and welcome to the University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program! Ours is a comprehensive and balanced AP and CP training program whose enthusiastic and dedicated faculty members include pathologists who practice and teach in a variety of laboratory settings, and represent numerous subspecialty disciplines. Our program’s many strengths include its practical and rigorous community-based nature, diverse elective offerings, and opportunities for teaching, educational travel, and research. A unique aspect to our program is exposure to tropical medicine and referred cases from the entire Pacific Rim. Graduates of our residency program go on to obtain competitive fellowships in all subspecialties, and become skillful and confident pathologists in both community and academic centers. We welcome motivated applicants to apply.

Karen Thompson, M.D.
University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Professor and Interim Chair



Program Director: Dr. Amy Powers [left], Associate Program Director: Dr. David Shimizu [right]
Welcome to the University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program website. Our program offers fully accredited training in anatomic and clinical pathology. The educational format centers on the evaluation of laboratory material from individual patients with emphasis given to clinicopathologic correlation. The case study approach is augmented by providing a comprehensive, well-balanced curriculum using didactics, local and nationally recognized consultants, pathology study sets, on-line resources and reading assignments in relevant texts and journals.
Our pathology residents are expected to constantly expand their knowledge through extensive reading, frequent case presentations, laboratory bench work and case-based learning. Each resident is given graduated patient care responsibilities according to their progress and capabilities. Supervision is provided at every level by our Board Certified Faculty. Our residents are expected to develop expertise in making decisions and judgments about individual cases, learning to be an effective problem solver and becoming a consultant.

Residents at the University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program are exposed to a broad spectrum of clinical cases not available in other regions due to the diverse multiethnic society in Hawaii and the Pacific. The training experience is also enhanced by the involvement of multiple types of institutions and practice models, including three major hospitals, private practice, military exposure, HMO's, and institutions on the mainland.

The Program requires residents to pursue at least one relevant scholarly project during their training. With the help of pathology staff mentors, completed projects are presented to our training program, the Hawaii Society of Pathologists and national pathology meetings. Ultimately, we expect worthy projects to be published in a scientific journal.

In summary, our residents receive a rigorous and balanced experience and education.

Amy A. Powers, M.D.

University of Hawaii, Pathology Residency Program
Program Director

David M. Shimizu, M.D.
University of Hawaii, Pathology Residency Program
Associate Program Director

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