The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a four-year program for combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP) with up to twenty residents as well as three-year programs for Anatomic Pathology (AP-only) and Clinical Pathology (CP-only), and Clinical Pathology Physician Scientist Track (CP-only PSTP) with up to three residents.

There is also a one-year research fellowship option for those residents seeking research-intensive careers in academic pathology. Our single and dual residency track programs are flexible and can be adapted for individual resident needs. Our program provides excellent training in all aspects of AP and CP, allowing for graduating residents to attain high-caliber fellowship and private practice positions, as well as a path towards academic careers in pathology.

Program Goals/AIMS

Our Pathology Residency Program is committed to the highest standards in education, research, and patient care. The primary goal of our Program is to provide physicians with the training, knowledge, skills, resources and experiences necessary to become excellent diagnostic pathologists and leaders in their chosen career paths. We are dedicated to flexible, individualized training and mentorship in creating the best of the next generation of academic and community practice pathologists. Specifically, our aims are to:

  • Recruit a high caliber and diverse group of medical graduates into our residency training program
  • Provide excellence in education and supervision of residents in all anatomic/clinical pathology disciplines enabling them to develop towards practice independence, achievement of the Pathology Milestones as defined by ACGME, and certification by the American Board of Pathology
  • Provide a supportive environment and the necessary resources for residents to participate in basic and translational research and quality improvement/patient safety projects
  • Provide an environment that fosters professionalism, educational skills, and critical thinking, enabling residents to function as leaders in chosen career paths
  • Provide residents comprehensive training exposure, individualized training opportunities, and resources to successfully attain awards, high-level fellowships


The residents in our program have historically had a variety of specialty and career interests. We believe that this heterogeneity provides an optimal atmosphere for peer-to-peer teaching and for a variety of perspectives during training. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is both a leading research institution as well as an important source of well-trained clinicians both in Wisconsin and throughout the country. To that end, our program attempts to provide optimal, and personally tailored training of physicians with career goals spanning a range of academic or private practice positions.

Program Director

Shelly Cook, MD
(608) 263-2530

Associate Program Director

Joseph Connor, MD
(608) 263-2044

Residency and Fellowship Program Manager

Sara Gross
(608) 262-7158

Chief Residents

Aysenur Keske

Tarek Abi-Saab