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Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency (Minnesota)

Residents in the anatomic clinical pathology residency work together at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


The mission of the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is to provide outstanding education and practical experience in every aspect of laboratory medicine and pathology, in order to prepare graduates to excel in any practice setting.

The program offers two tracks:

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency (AP/CP) — six residency positions each year
  • Anatomic and Neuropathology Pathology Pathway (AP/NP) — one position each year

One resident in each incoming class will be appointed to the Physician Scientist-Research track. This pathway is designed for those interested in dedicated time for basic, translational, or clinical research. 

The Physician-Scientist Research track offers one year of training dedicated to research after the second year of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency training. This dedicated research time is in addition to up to six months of elective time during residency that can be used for research.

An additional opportunity for research is available under Clinical-Investigator Training program which provides a two-or three-year integrated, comprehensive educational experience for residents interested in pursuing a clinical research career.

Some of the highlights of our program include access to:

  • Material received through our highly active surgical pathology consult practice (more than 60,000 expert consultations a year)
  • Laboratory specimens received through Mayo Clinic Laboratories
  • Consultative expertise and cutting-edge technologies required to evaluate those specimens
  • A small residency class size (28 total residents) relative to the faculty size (60 anatomic pathology faculty members and 58 clinical pathology faculty members)
  • Extensive curriculum of lectures, conferences, journal clubs, and seminars
  • Intensive training in the unique Mayo Clinic frozen section laboratory, developed at Mayo Clinic more than a century ago, which has been successfully utilized ever since (learn more about our frozen section laboratory by reading our rotation descriptions and frequently asked questions)
  • Unique seminars in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology's Leadership and Management Course (Mayo Clinic is committed to training future leaders in medicine and has worked with our department to develop a curriculum in leadership and management specifically geared for pathology residents and fellows)
  • Numerous fellowship training programs offered in the department
  • Elective rotations at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona and Florida
  • Community pathology rotations in southeast Minnesota or Wisconsin with Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Elective international rotations in underserved communities through Mayo International Health Program (MIHP)

Each year, the Division of Anatomic Pathology evaluates more than 110,000 in-house surgical and outside consult specimens and performs more than 700 autopsies. The annual cytopathology case workload is greater than 60,000 specimens a year. More than 20 million laboratory tests are performed in Mayo Clinic laboratories annually.


This residency is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


After successfully completing residency in either AP/CP or AP/NP, you are eligible to take the certification examination offered by the American Board of Pathology.

Program history

The Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was accredited in 1953. We anticipate that seven trainees will complete this program annually.

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