Chief Welcome

Welcome and thank you so much for your interest in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Pathology Residency Program! We are pleased to welcome you to our website and would like to give you a glance into the life of a resident at Vanderbilt! My name is Brent Sterling, and I am PGY-4 AP/CP resident.

At Vanderbilt we have an integrated AP/CP curriculum with extensive elective opportunities for residents to explore their interests within pathology. Our group of 25 residents encompass a diverse, eager group of individuals who help us maintain our family-like residency, always willing to help one another out and foster learning among co-residents. We love getting together at the end of rotations, hanging out on weekends and participating in the welcome party, annual retreat, holiday party and the farewell party each year.

Education is a very important part of the residency. We have daily noon lectures which encompass didactics in AP, CP, and lab management as well as departmental unknowns, both clinical and anatomic grand rounds, and a variety of special topics lectures. Residents have many opportunities to teach including rotating medical students, medical student small group scope sessions, and part of the pathophysiology course at a local graduate school.

Additionally, the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology has a strong research faculty that is rapidly growing, with research and clinical faculty who are enthusiastically committed to mentoring interested residents. Each year we have the opportunity to apply the departmental Shapiro Grant which aids in furthering resident research endeavors.

Over the 2020-2021 academic year, the residents, fellows, faculty, and staff have worked together to rapidly adapt to new safety concerns while also maintaining the highest levels of patient care and resident education, including increasing use of advancing technologies.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the residency program. Just email and indicate that you are interested in being connected with the chief resident.

Good luck, and enjoy the interview season as you meet your future colleagues and future co-residents!


Brent Sterling

Clinical Fellowship Programs

You can view the Twelve different Fellowship Programs and application requirements for each, here.

Residency Program

Find out about Vanderbilt University Pathology Residency Training Program here.

About Nashville

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