Residency Program

The Department of Pathology has 16 residency positions, typically 3-4 in each of the four years. The majority of residents are recruited from throughout the United States, and there are usually a few University of Arizona graduates. International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are selected based on the same criteria as U. S. graduates. About one-third to one-fourth of residents are AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha) in medical school. We also offer accredited fellowships in Hematopathology and Molecular Genetics Pathology and a non-accredited fellowship in Gastrointestinal pathology. These fellows are a valuable source of teaching and assistance to residents. Similarly, two to three post-sophomore fellows (PSFs) rotate through pathology for a year, mainly on Anatomic Pathology. These bright and dedicated medical students have completed at least two years of training, including the Pathology course, and function in part as junior residents. They keep the workload manageable and learn and teach along with the residents. Pathology training utilizes the staff and facilities of the University Medical Center, Southern Arizona Veteran’s Administration Healthcare Systems, and the Office of Medical Examiner.

Residents rotate in one month blocks with Anatomic and Clinical Pathology fully integrated to complete their 36 months of core rotations (25 months of Anatomic and 20 months of Clinical Pathology), electives (3 months) to complete the four years needed for American Board of Pathology. Rotations are personalized as much as possible to allow residents to gain appropriate experience in their areas of special interest, whether they are planning on a private practice or academic career.

Throughout residency training, we place emphasis on individual instruction, assessment of the resident’s strengths and needs, and graded responsibility. Teaching is aimed at acquiring competency in all aspects of pathology and creating a desire for lifelong learning, but includes the information to pass Board examinations as well.

For information regarding the Pathology Residency Program, please contact the Residency Director listed below:

Residency Program Director
Richard E. Sobonya, M.D.


Tammy Umstott
Residency/Fellowship Program Manager
Phone: (520) 626-6830
Fax: (520) 626-2521

University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
Department of Pathology
1501 N. Campbell Avenue
P.O. Box 245108
Tucson, AZ 85724-5108