Dr. Simon Kirby
The fully accredited Anatomical Pathology Program at Memorial University is centrally located within the historical capital city of St. John’s. The program is small, which enables daily one-on-one teaching with staff pathologists. Currently, there are eight residents (2 PGY1, 2 PGY2, 1 PGY3, 2 PGY4, and 1 PGY5). The residency program is five years with a curriculum that adheres to the Competence by Design model.
Year 1 includes Transition to Discipline, Foundations of Discipline, and multiple rotations within the other specialties, including pediatric emergency, medical oncology, general surgery, general internal medicine, and gynecology. There are also two blocks for selectives and one block for an elective.
After successful completion of PGY 1 residents are promoted to Core of Discipline. Year 2 includes rotations that further emphasize grossing skills and microscopy, which may include rotations in gastrointestinal pathology, gynecologic pathology, dermatopathology, head and neck pathology, genitourinary pathology, breast pathology, and cytopathology.
In the final three years subspecialty rotations, including pediatric pathology, cytology, neuropathology, molecular pathology and forensic pathology occur. There is also a six-month elective period during PGY 4. The level of responsibility increases during the five year program. If interested, a resident may complete a rural rotation at a rural Newfoundland & Labrador or New Brunswick site.
In PGY 5, the final year of training, experience as a hot seat/Transition to Practice resident in surgical pathology at each of the affiliated hospitals is combined with sub-specialty experiences.