Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER)

PIER Announcements

Monitor this section for PIER updates. As new information becomes available it will be posted here.


The PIER curriculum has been updated and streamlined to make implementation easier for pathology residency programs. Major improvements include: a shorter guide to help programs get started, updated topics and all new knowledge and skill statements to better match knowledge and skill expectations for residents upon completion of training, a new tool replacing three previous tools to more easily track resident progress and record completion, transitioned the Resource Toolkit (85 pages) into 4 separate, smaller documents; one for each of the Essentials, restructured the Resource Toolkits to improve ease of use, and reduced the number of Recommended Resources for each topic to make it easier to select teaching tools.

About PIER

What's New   Getting Started

PIER Curriculum

Essentials 1    Essentials 2    Essentials 3    Essentials 4    Resident Assessment Tool


What is PIER?

PIER is a research-based instructional resource developed by the Association of Pathology Chairs, Association for Pathology Informatics, and College of American Pathologists that presents training topics, implementation strategies and resource options for PRODS and faculty to effectively provide informatics training to their residents and meet ACGME informatics milestone requirements. For further information, see PIER At-A-Glance.

Additional Resources

  • TBD


Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents: A Flexible Informatics Curriculum Linked to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Milestones
Henricks, WH et al.

PIER Leadership Committee

The committee is comprised of GME and informatics experts representing APC, API, and CAP in addition to resident members.

Representing APC, Program Directors, GME Education
Scott R. Anderson, MD, Chair, University of Vermont Medical Center
Michael J. Esposito, MD, Zucker SOM at Hofstra/Northwell
Marie C. DeFrances, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Representing CAP, API, Informatics Experts
Andrew Quinn, MD, Parkland Health & Hospital System and UT Southwestern Medical Center
Kinjal Shah, MD, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Representing Residents
Jeffrey Kleinberger, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Nalan Yurtsever, MD, Zucker SOM at Hofstra/Northwell


Questions or Comments?

Contact Sue Plath, PIER Project Lead, at [email protected] or 847-832-7624.

PIER License

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