The Anatomic Pathology Residency Training Program at McMaster University offers an intensive and integrated approach to preparing residents for careers in academic and/or clinical practice. The program is designed to fulfill the specialty requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, but is sufficiently flexible to be tailored to individual needs of each residents.
The Medical Microbiology Program, in conjunction with the Infectious Diseases Program, provides training in basic science microbiology, clinical microbiology, infection control, laboratory management and clinical infectious diseases. Residents will carry out research in association with faculty which will also allow for more formal research training. Residents are strongly encouraged to demonstrate self-directed problem-based learning. Qualified applicants will have completed an under-graduate MD program from a Canadian medical school or core training in internal medicine or pediatrics, and must be eligible for certification in those disciplines by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
The General Pathology training program encompasses four areas of laboratory medicine, including Anatomic Pathology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology and Laboratory Hematology. Residents are trained as consultants for both laboratory services and clinical professions. This team-oriented approach provides residents with superior methods of interacting with patients and health care professionals alike. Through the regionalized laboratory system, maintained by the city of Hamilton and surroundings areas, residents are able to gain access and study various subspecialties.
Medical Biochemistry is that branch of medicine concerned with the study and measurement of biochemical abnormalities in human disease. The medical biochemist is trained in the operation and management of hospital biochemistry laboratories, and acts as a consultant in all aspects of their use. As an academic specialist, the medical biochemist develops and integrates a basic research program with clinical practice in a field of biochemical interest, and maintains an active role as a teacher of clinically applied biochemistry.
The Forensic Pathology Residency Program was granted approval by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in February of 2011. Residents to this program will be eligible, and expected, to seek certification by the subspecialty examinations offered annually by the Royal College. Training requirements can be found here
The dedicated Forensic Pathology Unit is recognized as a centre of excellence for the delivery of the full cross section of forensic cases and as an integrated provincial site of Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OFPS). A high volume of complex cases provides a wide variety of material for study and research with the unit performing in excess of 600 cases annually, including in-house subspecialty support by paediatric pathology, neuropathology and cardiac pathology.