Penrose Hospital - Pathology Residency
Penrose Hospital offers an accredited four-year training program that combines 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 the base of Pikes Peak.
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This program brings in two new residents each year to work alongside the residents that are in their second, third, and fourth years. The small size of our 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 primary 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.
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 up 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 by working on every case at the microscope alongside a staff pathologist. As a resident’s skills increase, they are given graduated responsibility, eventually relying on the staff only for case review and finalization.
This community-based program also gives residents the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the administrative and managerial parts of running a pathology practice. Residents will see a multitude of cases, ranging from standard care to rare and challenging cases. All these experiences will prepare residents and help them adapt to various work environments.
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 is responsible for reviewing and dictating the previous day's specimens with their assigned staff. Residents begin their surgical pathology training working closely with staff pathologists. 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), amounting 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, residents are called in to perform an after-hours frozen section or review a critical slide, among other duties.
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 can 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 shown 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.
Current medical school students interested in attending our program are encouraged 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. While we are happy to facilitate these externships, please know that space is limited. To discuss joining us for your externship, contact Catherine Larson at:
Our residents have successfully obtained fellowships in the field of study and the location of their choice. Ample elective time allows 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.
|Calvin Streeter||2023||Forensics||Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner|
|Kimberly Johnson||2022||Forensics||University of New Mexico|
|Beth Spradling||2022||Cytology||University of New Mexico|
|Ibrahim Hajjali||2021||Hematology/Molecular||Oregon Health and Science University|
|Chadi Hajar||2021||Gastrointestinal||Medical University of South Carolina|
|Laura Oscar||2020||Surgical Pathology||University of Alabama|
|Jarod Murdoch||2020||Forensics||Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner|
|Zane Staubach||2019||Hematopathology||Oregon Health and Science University|
|Tania Saliba||2018||Hematopathology||Oregon Health and Science University|
|Blake Rodman||2018||Gastrointestinal||The Robert E. Petras Fellowship in GI|
Penn State, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
|Jim Atkinson||2017||Gastrointestinal||The Robert E. Petras Fellowship in GI|
|Kieran Sultan||2016||Gynecologic||Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai|
|Kelly Mrachek||2016||Neuropathology||University of Virginia|
Each year a total of 2 residents are appointed to the program. The Penrose Pathology Residency program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match process. Applications are accepted and reviewed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
- Personal Statement
- Dean’s letter and three letters of recommendation submitted through ERAS
- Medical School transcript from an accredited DO or MD medical school
- COMLEX level 1 and 2, or USMLE step 1 and 2 are accepted
- We are unable to sponsor applicants requiring a Visa
- Applications are reviewed once received from ERAS.
- Interviews are scheduled mid October through mid December.
- Our Pathologists' are located at various hospitals along the Front Range therefore our interview process is conducted virtually and includes interviews with our Program Director, current residents, and attending Pathologists.
Audition rotations/Externships are available throughout the year. Reach out to Catherine Larson, [email protected], to secure a rotation time and walk through the application process.
Why choose our location?
Training occurs almost exclusively at the 364-bed anchor hospital, Penrose Hospital. The 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 an increasing number of unusual cases seen in the pathology department, located on the second floor, and opportunities to use state-of-the-art equipment like flow cytometry, an in-house blood bank donor center, and cytogenetics laboratories.
Colorado Springs Information
Colorado Springs is a young, active urban community situated at the base of Pikes Peak. An extensive park system and countless hiking, mountain biking, and running trails are found throughout the city and surrounding areas. Nearby points of interest include the Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Pikes Peak, Air Force Academy, Royal Gorge, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the historic districts of Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City.
With colleges and military bases nearby, the downtown Colorado Springs area hosts many urban activities and offers an active nightlife. Denver is located 65 miles north of Colorado Springs and offers plentiful cultural metropolitan activities and professional sporting events. Boasting more than 250 days of sunshine per year, Colorado Springs has a mild climate and a beautiful, energetic atmosphere at the base of the famous Pikes Peak.
About Crystal Lenz
Crystal is a Colorado native, growing up in the small town of Ellicott, just east of Colorado Springs. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Colorado in Boulder before attending medical school at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. She then completed a general surgery internship through Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio before serving as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force from 2012 through 2020, which she now continues part-time in the Air Force Reserves. When not working, Crystal can usually be found enjoying the great outdoors with her husband, children, dogs and extended family and friends.
Why she chose this program
Crystal chose the Penrose Pathology Residency program both to stay close to family in Colorado Springs and the track record of program alumni securing desirable fellowships across the country in a variety of subspecialties.
About Caitlin Porter-Smith
Caitlin is originally from north Texas and attended Rice University for undergraduate school. When not at residency, Caitlin can be found hanging out with her husband, two amazing little kids, and giant sheep-a-doodle.
Why she chose this program
Caitlin chose the Penrose Pathology Residency program for the unmatched one-on-one teaching given by awesome attendings and varied case exposure. While everyone works hard, the program also values work-life balance and personal wellness.
Hematopathology, gynecologic pathology, placental pathology
About Logan Ritter
Logan is from a small town in south Louisiana. He enjoys the outdoors and likes to go hiking, camping, and rock climbing.
Why he chose this program
Logan chose the Penrose Pathology Residency program due to the pathology group’s small, tight-knit community-hospital feel.
Forensic pathology, dermatopathology, hematopathology
About Daniel Amat
Daniel grew up in Miami, Florida and attended the University of Miami for undergraduate and medical school. When not at residency, Daniel can be found hanging out with his wife and two amazing kids. Together, they enjoy skiing, hiking, camping and woodworking.
Why he chose this program
Daniel chose the Penrose Pathology Residency program for the individualized teaching/learning, great camraderie and the value put on work-life balance.
Hematopathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology, Forensic Pathology
About My-Linh Bui
My-Linh is a native Texan who can find joy in the desert landscapes of Texas to the mountainous terrains of Colorado. She attended The University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate degree in business management and communications. Additionally, she worked in the field of public relations for several years before transitioning to medicine where she felt her passion for life was more invigorated. She received her medical degree from The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, devoting much time to serving the lower-income community. During her time in medical school, she dedicated many efforts to helping victims of domestic violence and caring for underprivileged women and children.
Why she chose this program
My-Linh chose the Penrose Pathology Residency program because of its forward prowess in the practical application of pathology within the Colorado community and the world.
Hematopathology, Dermatopathology and Gynecologic pathology.
About Joseph Vadakekalam
Joseph is from San Antonio, Texas. He enjoys playing video games, movies and basketball.
Why he chose this program
Joseph chose the Penrose Pathology Residency program for the practicality of the training and the welcoming atmosphere of the program.