Pathology Residency Program

Program director Amy Sands, PhD.

Our residency program puts you on the path to success by furnishing you with the skills, clinical judgment and knowledge essential for a dynamic career in pathology.

Educational Goals

The goal of the Pathology Residency Program is to provide training to individuals who, upon completion of the program, will be well-rounded knowledgeable physicians, competent diagnostic pathologists and effective clinical consultants.

This is done through providing both the experiences and environment where residents can develop the medical knowledge, communication, clinical skills, and professional attitudes to become physicians committed to lifelong learning, medical system integration, and excellence in pathology practice.

The department provides residents with ample opportunity to reach their potential and to select a course of training which best fits their abilities and personal goals.

The program is structured in order to retain some flexibility in training. Accordingly, in addition to the traditional program of anatomic pathology and clinical pathology (four year program), the trainee may elect to concentrate in either anatomic or clinical pathology (three year programs).


Whether residents pursue an academic career or one in community practice, our goal is to equip residents to assess the medical literature, develop an understanding of research and keep abreast of new developments.

Since the field of pathology is extremely broad and complete mastery of the entire discipline is impossible, we do not attempt to teach residents the intimate details of each subspecialty in pathology. Instead, we teach a basic core of knowledge upon which they can build during their careers.

During the residency, residents acquire a sound basic background in pathologic principles before continuing training in general pathology or concentrating in a specialized area.

Since learning in medicine must be life long, general principles are often emphasized over the acquisition of detailed factual knowledge, we stress the importance of independent study, so that residents can continue their education well beyond the period of residency training.

Although factual knowledge is important, we also believe that problem solving and organizational skills are essential for a practicing pathologist. Certain attributes of character are important in the practice of medicine. The importance, therefore, of communication, compassion, reliability, initiative, industry, responsibility and the ability to work harmoniously with all levels of medical personnel is emphasized throughout the duration of training.

The 4-year combined Anatomic/Clinical Pathology training program is the main program of this department. The program is designed to provide residents with current concepts and techniques, as well as the traditional principles of pathology.
The training program is an integrated one, primarily utilizing the resources of University-affiliated teaching hospitals and one freestanding high volume clinical laboratory (Center for Laboratory Medicine, “CLM”).
Details on applying to our residency in pathology.

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Contact Us

Program Director

Sands, Amy

Amy Sands, MD

Associate Professor; Pathology Residency Program Director

Buffalo General Hospital, 100 High Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 859-2140; Fax: 716-859-3141


Training Program Administrator

Wendy Scales

Training Program Administrator

Buffalo General Medical Center, 100 High Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 859-3760; Fax: (716) 859-4015