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Welcome! My name is Steven Christopher Smith, MD, PhD, and I have assumed the directorship of our Pathology Residency Training Program after several years planning and serving as Associate Director. I have undertaken this role because I both enjoy and feel compelled to pay forward the training and mentorship I have received in my training and career. I find my areas of subspecialty practice and scholarship in urologic and bone/soft tissue pathology to be compelling to me, and I feel certain that somewhere across the broad spectrum of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology there is an area of interest and fulfillment for you.

Please accept my welcome to the Department of Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Virginia Commonwealth University Health (VCUH) is an academic tertiary care hospital located in the heart of Richmond, the Capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As an urban center, the volume and variety of patients provides trainees with a rich educational environment.  In fact, VCU Health has been favorably ranked among centers in Richmond and Virginia, and hosts several clinical departments ranked nationally  in ratings such as U.S. News and World Reports. Our health system further hosts the NIH-designated Massey Cancer Center, with ever-expanding services and facilities including ongoing construction of the inpatient tower of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

The Department of Pathology at VCU offers a wide range of training opportunities, some of which are only available at a few institutions in the country.  Our faculty are known nationally for their leadership and service in their areas of subspecialty practice, teaching, and scholarship, and form the heart our longstanding, fully accredited Pathology Residency Training Program. Our curriculum is targeted to meet the evolving needs of the pathologist of the future, at a time of unprecedented rate of evolution in diagnostic practice. In addition to our core Pathology Residency Training Program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP), the Department supports a variety of sub-specialty fellowships including Neuropathology, Cytopathology, Surgical Pathology, Hematopathology, and Molecular Genetic Pathology.  The nearby Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia both trains our own residents in forensic pathology and serves as our primary site for our Forensic Pathology Fellowship.  Electives are available both within the department and at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Research opportunities are also plentiful throughout our Clinical, Anatomic, and Molecular Pathology Divisions, and trainees may elect to pursue significant projects with their faculty mentors.

VCUH offers a wide array of benefits targeted to trainee wellness and work-life balance, including offering on-site childcare and recreational sports facilities.  As a trainee at our institution you are eligible for VCUH Child Care Center and its Adult Care Center, which provides services for adult dependents.  Popular with current residents and fellows, VCU Recreational Sports will help you and your family stay healthy and active through intramural sports, fitness programs, outdoor adventure trips and special sporting events.  The Cary Street Gym and the MCV Recreation and Aquatic Center are newly renovated and are conveniently located within walking distance or a short bus ride.  For more information about these facilities and Recreational Sports please visit http://www.recsports.vcu.edu/index.html.

You will find Richmond is distinctive among major U.S. cities in not only its cultural diversity, but also in the multiplicity of activities. Virginia Beach, Washington D.C, and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with the nearby Shenandoah Valley are just a short two hour drive away, offering several exciting day trips. There are many more amazing things we could tell you about our city, but instead, we invite you to read about Richmond by visiting http://www.visitrichmondva.com.

If you have questions about our Pathology Residency or Fellowship training programs, please contact Pamela Adams-Lewis, MBA, HSA, EdD, Senior Residency Program Coordinator at (804) 827-0561 or PathGME@vcuhealth.org

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