Pathology Residency Program

Penrose Hospital offers an accredited four-year training program in combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. The Pathology Residency Program is a unique community-based program located along the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains and base of Pikes Peak. 

Pathology Residency Program

Penrose Hospital offers an accredited four-year training program in combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. The Pathology Residency Program is a unique community-based program located along the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains and base of Pikes Peak. 

Penrose Hospital
Penrose Hospital

Colorado Springs Pathology Residency

Why choose our program?

Residents are exposed to a broad number of cases and play an active teaching role in several conferences, including tumor boards, monthly specialty conferences and resident-led conferences. We invite you to explore our program manual, interesting case report as well as meet our residents and faculty.

Residency positions

Residency positions

Eight resident positions are available with two new residents accepted each year. The small size of the program allows for a cohesive and friendly atmosphere that fosters learning and allows for individualized training and development. Residents train in a private-practice setting with an emphasis on close contact with clinicians, timely sign-out of cases, and appreciation of the administrative and managerial aspects inherent in running a successful pathology practice. Residents are exposed to a plethora of both bread-and-butter surgical pathology as well as rare and challenging cases. Upon graduation, residents feel confident in their knowledge and abilities and adapt well to a variety of work environments.

Residency benefits & salaries

Residency benefits & salaries

Salaries based on residency year:

  • PGYI $60,137
  • PGYII $63,021
  • PGYIII $65,753
  • PGYIV $69,460

Benefits include:

  • Free meals in the hospital cafeteria and doctors' lounge
  • Free parking
  • Up to $1500 is available one time per resident per 4 years to help with the cost of attendance at national meetings at which the resident is presenting a poster
  • Annual book allowance of $1500 per year per resident for pathology books or conference expenses. If the resident is presenting, conference expenses are covered by department
  • Excellent health insurance and retirement benefits
  • On-site 24-hour fitness center privileges
  • One week of conference time per year
  • Four weeks of flexible vacation time per year
  • Continuously updated resident, department, and hospital libraries
  • Personal desk, computer, and microscope
  • Resident boards will be paid if resident has maintained good academic standing through all PGY years of the program.
Pathology residency FAQs

Pathology residency FAQs

Penrose Hospital offers an accredited four-year AP/CP residency in a unique community-based program. There are 11 staff pathologists and seven to eight pathology residents. The small size of the program allows for a cohesive and friendly atmosphere that fosters learning and allows for individualized training and development. Residents begin their surgical pathology training double-heading every case at the microscope with a staff pathologist. As resident skills increase they are given graduated responsibility, eventually relying on the staff only for case review and finalization.

Residents train in a private-practice setting with an emphasis on close contact with clinicians, timely sign-out of cases, and appreciation of the administrative and managerial aspects inherent in running a successful pathology practice. Penrose residents are exposed to a plethora of both bread-and-butter surgical pathology as well as rare and challenging cases. Upon graduation, residents feel confident in their knowledge and abilities and adapt well to a variety of work environments.

A question frequently asked by applicants is whether graduates of a community-based residency program have difficulty securing the fellowship of their choice. In our experience, this is absolutely not the case. Our residents have been very successful in obtaining fellowships in the field of study and location of their choice. Ample elective time allows for residents to freely pursue away rotations at outside institutions. Recent residents have accepted fellowships in Hematopathology, Dermatopathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology, Cytology, Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, Pediatric Pathology, and Forensics.

View a list of recent graduates and their post-graduate training.

Two residents are assigned to the surgical pathology rotation each week and both are assigned a staff pathologist. The residents alternate grossing and sign-out days. On grossing days, the resident is responsible for grossing the surgical specimens and performing intra-operative frozen sections. Our pathology assistant covers some of the grossing duties, leaving the more complicated and interesting cases for the resident.

On sign-out days, the resident has graduated responsibility for reviewing and dictating the previous day's specimens with their assigned staff. Residents begin their surgical pathology training double-heading every case at the microscope with the staff pathologist. As skills increase, they are given more responsibility, eventually relying on the staff only for case review and finalization.

Call is split evenly between the residents and taken a week at a time (Friday-Thursday).  This amounts to eight or nine call weeks per year. Call is combined AP/CP and all laboratory needs are directed to the resident. Most calls originate from the Blood Bank and can be handled over the phone. Occasionally, one is called in to perform an after-hours frozen section, review a critical slide, etc.

On the weekends, the resident on-call is responsible for grossing a small volume of specimens and reviewing any flagged peripheral blood smears. There are no weekend autopsy duties. Junior residents are responsible for covering one holiday call per year. Residents are able to trade call weeks to accommodate their schedules.

Our schedules are flexible. Residents are given four months of elective time, which many residents use to rotate at outside institutions they are considering for fellowship. Flexibility is also demonstrated in scheduling vacation time. Vacation can be taken a day at a time or in blocks per the resident's discretion as long as ample notification is given to the chief resident, who is responsible for making the schedule and ensuring services are covered.

Yes. We encourage all applicants interested in attending our program to consider pursuing a one month externship as part of their medical school rotations. Several of our current and past residents did externships at our program before joining us for residency. Complete a Penrose Pathology Extern Application.

Colorado Springs is a young, active urban community. Situated at the base of Pikes Peak, outdoor activities in the area abound. There is an extensive park system and innumerable hiking, mountain biking, and running trails located throughout the city and surrounding areas. Particular nearby points of interest include the Garden of the GodsSeven FallsPikes Peak, the Air Force Academy, the Royal Gorge, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the historic districts of Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City.Colorado also offers some of the best skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, fishing, and rock climbing in the nation.

Colorado Springs downtown area is host to a variety of urban activities and has an active nightlife due to the influence of the nearby colleges and military bases. Denver is located a mere 65 miles north of Colorado Springs and offers plentiful cultural metropolitan activities and professional sporting events. Colorado Springs has a mild climate, boasting over 250 days of sunshine per year, offering a beautiful and energy filled atmosphere at the base of America's most famous mountain. Colorado Springs has something to offer all tastes and lifestyles.

Yes. A buffet style lunch is provided daily in the doctor's lounge and all cafeteria food and beverages are complimentary.

Endless pathology residency opportunities

Training occurs almost exclusively at the 364-bed anchor hospital, Penrose Hospital. The Colorado Springs hospital provides specialized services like secondary and tertiary medical-surgical service, cancer care, cardiac care, emergency trauma care, and physical rehabilitation.

Experience at the Cancer Center enables residents to partake in increasing number of unusual cases seen in the Pathology Department, located on the second floor, and opportunities to utilize state-of-the-art equipment like Flow Cytometry, an in-house Blood Bank Donor Center, and Cytogenetics Laboratories.

Meet our faculty

Meet our residents

Pathology residency manual

Questions? We're here to help.

Penrose Hospital’s Pathology Residency program in Colorado Springs offers residents every necessity and possibility to go beyond their medical education and training.

For questions about our residency, contact the Pathology Department: