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Why I created this website


I am not ashamed to admit there have been many times when I start a particular pathology rotation and think, "OH.EM.GEE. I know nothing at all about ___ pathology!!" Mind you, this has happened whether it be the first time on a particular rotation, or coming back to one after a long absence.  


In an attempt to (re-)learn more, I would then grab a big pathology textbook titled "All you need to know about ___ Pathology", snuggle up in my big, comfy chair, open the book and then find myself boggled down with minutia details. I would end up even more confused with the abundant information-drop that plagued its pages without a proper setup of the overall story.


Alternatively, many atlas/"picture books" had fuzzy, tiny images with a vague, descriptive caption underneath without any arrow or true reference to pinpoint what the heck it was actually referring to. Being such a visual, "big picture learner" myself [pun intended], this frustrated me tremendously. This is why I designed this website in such a way that I could quickly reference it during sign out/study time.

How to Use this website contains practical approaches to pathology. Each entity contains only the most high yield, common findings, without all the extra fluff. It is not meant to be all-inclusive resource nor to contain every single fact you need to know for the board exam.

While I plan on updating this blog as often as possible, let's be real here.... I am a pathology resident and do not have abundant free time on my hands. But, please do check back frequently and feel free to use this site (and share it with your fellow, struggling friends) for your own refreshment purposes. If you have any cases, tips or general information you would like to share, please reach out. Afterall, sharing is caring!




Much of this content is adapted from pathology textbooks (Rosai, Molavi, Sternberg etc) and pathology educational reference websites such as, and Many of the histology images have been taken via virtual slides available at or UAB Medicine Virtual Microscopy hosted by Dr. Jennifer Gordetsky (UAB GU Pathologist). Some pathology tips also come from personal experience whilst completing my resident training. If you notice any errors or have questions/concerns about a particular topic, please contact me. If you believe there is a copyright error or not credited correctly, please reach out and I would be happy to remedy the problem.

greetings,pathology nerd!

Hello there! I think it is safe to assume you are either a medical student, pathology resident or a fellow that stumbled upon this site while doing a quick internet search for "Pathology for dummies". Or perhaps you clicked a link whilst killing time (not studying) on your favorite social media platform. Either way, I am glad to see you have discovered my blog/study tool that contains "no fluff- straight-to-the-point" views of how to learn pathology. I hope you find it helpful in your educational journey!

About the Author


I graduated summa cum laude with my B.S. in Biochemistry with a Chemistry minor from East Carolina University in 2010. I then completed the basic science portion of my medical training in St. Maarten at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). I had the opportunity to complete my clinical rotations at Ealing Hospital in London, England as well as several prestigious hospitals in the US. After graduating in the top 10% of my medical school class in 2014, I then started my AP/CP Pathology residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I am currently in my 3rd year of residency and plan on pursuing a GI/hepatobiliary Pathology fellowship for 2019-2020.


DISCLAIMER (political stuff): The views expressed on this website are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the above institutions.




about the artwork


As an outlet for releasing stress from the hospital/life, I love to doodle, design things, go thrift/antique shopping, flip furniture etc. I geek out at the microscope every time I see a heart or smiley face and compiled some of my heart collection to serve as the background for All heart and skeleton drawings are courtesy of yours truly. I love to know that my artwork is appreciated, however... please do not copy/distribute/reproduce any of the artwork without my permission. If you would like to repost any of my artwork or even commission me for a piece (hey, I'm a broke resident!), please email me.

Meet the Author

Tiffany Graham



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