Letter from the Chief Residents

Congratulations on your decision to pursue pathology as a career, and thank you for considering the pathology residency program at Duke University!

Duke Pathology strives to provide an outstanding residency experience that allows each resident to reach his or her maximum potential in a collegial and supportive environment. The anatomic and clinical pathology training program involves individual sign-out sessions with faculty; daily teaching conferences including didactic lectures, glass slide sessions, and journal clubs; research opportunities; and time for electives so residents can pursue their own individual interests. The goal of the residency program is to provide us with the skills necessary to pursue a career in academia, private practice, research, or industry.

We are encouraged to participate in local and national leadership activities, and many of us are active members and leaders in national organizations such as the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Within the hospital we are members of graduate medical education and safety committees, and we participate in interdepartmental conferences such as multidisciplinary tumor boards. We play an active role in medical student education through pathology electives and by teaching alongside our attendings during the Duke School of Medicine first-year pathology course each spring.

Duke University Medical Center is a regional and international tertiary care hospital that attracts a wide variety of patients needing pathology laboratory services. Surgical pathology cases range from the common everyday diagnostic material, to the complex cancer resection, to the rare and unusual. Duke offers the opportunity to work and learn in an exciting intersection of interdisciplinary diagnostics, patient care, and translational research.

The department provides excellent support services. Pathologists’ assistants help teach residents the technical aspects of surgical and autopsy pathology, and they enable residents to spend time reviewing case material and grossing complex specimens. Cytotechnologists participate in the busy fine needle aspiration service. Support in photography of specimens and preparation of academic projects is provided by the PhotoPath service. Additional resources include a comfortable work environment with individual desks and microscopes, laptop computers, a generous book/travel fund, and full access to Duke Medical Center library materials. Please continue to navigate our modern website for more information.

In summary, we believe we provide a diverse pathology residency and educational opportunity. We hope you will decide to visit us, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best,

Monica Abdelmalak

Monica Abdelmalak, MD
Co-Chief Resident in Pathology
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Gina Sotolongo

Gina Sotolongo, MD
Co-Chief Resident in Pathology
Florida International University College of Medicine