Director's Message

Director's Message

Welcome to our program.

I am privileged and delighted to serve as director for the UofL Pathology Residency Program. At UofL, we strive toward providing excellence in a highly collegial and nurturing environment. We take pride in preparing residents well for the next phase of their careers no matter what practice setting or future training opportunities they choose to endeavor. The three main goals of our combined AP/CP residency program are to train you to be ready to enter general surgical pathology practice, to prepare you for the role of director of clinical laboratory, and to position you well to be competitive for fellowships and future job opportunities. As such, our program is constructed to offer well-rounded rotations and training experiences that focus on active resident participation and engagement. Our curriculum is designed in a way that integrates you well in the patient care cycle, where you will be an integral team member. You will find our faculty highly collegial, engaged, and vested in your education, but equally focused on your overall well-being. We believe that passing boards is a minimum standard that is a natural outcome of a solid training environment.  Our program provides a balanced educational experience that seamlessly integrates board preparation throughout. Not only does our program provide residents with education in the foundations of pathology, but with the most up-to-date best practices that emphasize recent breakthroughs and advanced techniques including molecular and digital pathology. We believe in maintaining a culture of accountability and professionalism for all involved––where everyone has a voice. Opportunities for resident engagement in scholarly activity are widely available and encouraged and supported by generous professional funds.

As director, it is my responsibility to uphold our program goals. However, equally important, is my responsibility to each individual resident, ensuring they are poised for success during these four years. This is accomplished through regularly scheduled meetings between myself and each of the residents, an open-door policy, as well as a structured mentoring program. 

With the practice of pathology continually evolving, I will work hard to make sure that our program keeps pace. You will have direct input in program matters and any proposed changes. In fact, we believe that residents are change agents that should be empowered to shape their training environment for the better and my job is to ensure that you will have the proper platform.


Mary Ann G. Sanders, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Residency Program Director
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Ph: (502) 852-1468