Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Residency

The Department of Pathology offers a four year combined anatomic and clinical pathology ACGME-accredited residency program with twelve positions.   Anatomic pathology rotations include surgical pathology (neuropathology, pediatric pathology, hospital pathology, dermatopathology, Immunopathology / immunohistochemistry), cytopathology, forensic pathology, renal pathology, and neuropathology. Clinical pathology rotations include hematology/hematopathology (includes flow cytometry/coagulation), medical microscopy/urinalysis, microbiology (includes bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology), blood bank/transfusion medicine (includes tissue typing/HLA), Chemistry (includes serology and immunology), toxicology, molecular pathology, cytogenetics, virology, and laboratory management/informatics. Residents participate in yearly research projects, present at a local forum, and are encouraged to submit their research for publication. There are multiple departmental and interdepartmental teaching opportunities for residents.

The program has a combined two year anatomic and clinical pathology curriculum as well as daily sign-out conferences with a variety of surgical pathology staff using a multi-headed microscope. 

Our Team

Susan Diana Veillon, MD
​​​​​​Residency Program Director

Menchu Ong, MD
Assistant Program Director

Lisa LaChance, MBA
Program Coordinator


Contact Us

Lisa LaChance, MBA
Program Coordinator
Phone: (318) 675-7822
Fax: (318) 675-7966



The primary goal of the residency-training program is to prepare the resident for a career practicing anatomic and clinical pathology in a community service-oriented hospital or laboratory, or to practice in an academic institution.  The resident must gain skills in interpreting surgical biopsies, performing and interpreting frozen sections (intra-operative consultations), performing and interpreting autopsy findings, performing and interpreting cells obtained from fine needle aspiration, interpreting cytology samples, and interpreting laboratory data in hematology, chemistry, microbiology, molecular pathology, and transfusion medicine (blood bank).  The resident will develop skills in management and informatics.  In addition, the resident will learn to participate in basic or clinical research related to pathology. 

Upon completion of this program, the graduate must have successfully developed the following ACGME General Competencies:

Patient Care (PC)


Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.  The resident must demonstrate a satisfactory level of diagnostic competence and the ability to provide appropriate and effective consultation within the context of pathology services.

Medical Knowledge (MK)


Exhibit medical knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to pathology and patient care.

Practice-based Learning & Improvement (PBLI)


Demonstrate practice-based learning and improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, related diagnostic and consultative practices, appraisal, and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care practices.

Interpersonal & Communication Skills (ICPS)


Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health care professionals.  

Professionalism (P)


Demonstrate professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.

Systems-based practice (SBP)


Practice systems-based practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to utilize system resources to provide pathology services that are of optimal value.

Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Residency