The AP/CP residency program is fully integrated. The Department strives to achieve an optimal balance between service and education. Rotations are primarily at UC Davis Medical Center with other core rotations at the VA Northern California Health Care System at Mather Field. Residents have the flexibility of creating their own schedules. The curriculum is as follows:

Anatomic Pathology – 25 months

Clinical Pathology – 20 months

Electives – 3 months

Residents have a total of 4 electives months (inclusive of the 1 CP elective as described above under CP Rotations).  Elective time also provides an opportunity for the resident to take part in an externship in other academic institutions.  Examples of past externships include surgical pathology in Malindi, Kenya; Flow Cytometry at the University of Washington, Seattle; Forensics at the University of New Mexico and San Diego Coroner’s office; and Hematopathology and Transfusion Medicine at Stanford University.  Outside electives must be justified and do require prior authorization.

For questions regarding the Residency Program, please contact Residency Coordinator, Anna G. Schmidt, at 916-734-3331 or via email at

Observership Opportunities

If you are interested in an Observership of either 2-weeks or 4-weeks, please contact Course Coordinator, Jennifer Black, at 916-734-2350 or via email at