Current ST1 Trainees

Here you can find important dates, courses and conferences, useful learning resources, news about and links to professional organisations and societies.

National Pathology Week 2020 2nd-8th November

RCPath Meet the Presidents, 2nd November 19:00 – More information here

National training for ST1s commencing August 2020

College Welcome Day: Monday 7th September 2020 Half Day Virtual Teaching

Bristol Teaching Week:  14th September – 18th September 2020 –Virtual Teaching Full Details tbc

An Introduction to Academic Pathology : Academic Pathology Day this year  2020, will be merged with the National Academic Trainee  Network (NATN) meeting in Autumn. It is run by the Pathological Society. Further details will be emailed to you nearer the time. Find out about academic pathology training here and previous NATN meetings here.

Histopathology Stage A Examination (OSPE)

  • First opportunity –
  • Second opportunity –

Please note, this year RCPath are including one virtual microscopy station in the exam in place of a regular microscope station.

Molecular Pathology Module – RCPath curriculum requirement for all ST1s. Free online ‘Introduction to Genomics’ module (complete at own pace – approx 1.5 hours)

For national training day enquiries, please email Harsha Pancholi at

Regional training for ST1s commencing August 2020 – Block teaching weeks

Please see the dates below. For further information about the regional block teaching weeks please speak to your Training School Lead or Educational Supervisor

Northern Cluster (Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester) – To be held Virtually:

  • 2nd block teaching week: Liverpool block teaching: 5 consecutive Wednesday commencing November 4th 2020.
  • 3rd block teaching week: Leeds Block Teaching: 5 consecutive Wednesday commencing January 13th 2021


Southern Cluster (Bucks/Oxford, Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter, Southampton and Cardiff):

  • 2nd block teaching week: 23rd – 27th Nov 2020 likely to be virtual Teaching using MS teams, held in Southampton
  • 3rd block teaching week: 22nd– 26th Feb 2021, Buckinghamshire –  Virtual via MS Teams


Central Cluster (Coventry, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Leicester, Nottingham, Cambridge and Norwich):

  • 2nd block teaching week: 23rd -27th  November 2020  –  Birmingham – Virtual Teaching
  • 3rd block teaching week: 25th – 29th January 2021 – Cambridge – Virtual Teaching


London and KSS Cluster: 2020/21 dates to be advised

Courses and Conferences

Molecular Pathology Study Day and Approach to Cut-Up – TBC 2020. Check the BDIAP website for details

CM-Path Biomarker WorkshopTBC 2020 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London

Pathological Society Winter meeting (London)TBC 2020

IAP/ESP Congress (Glasow)TBC 2020

Learning Resources

RCPath Datasets – Essential evidence based guides to specimen dissection, sampling and reporting
Web Pathology – Thousands of microscopic images with explanations
Leeds Virtual Pathology ST1 Page – Cases from the curriculum and a database of over 7000 pre-diagnosed images
USCAP Virtual Slide Collection – Cases by system from USCAP with extensive discussions
Pathology Outlines – The go-to site for quick summaries of all things pathological
Johns Hopkins Surgical Pathology Cases – Thousands of great cases with images, descriptions and clinical correlation
Libre Pathology – A collaborative wiki for pathology featuring clear concise explanations
Stanford Surgical Pathology – Bullet pointed pathology notes
The Rosai Collection – A comprehensive collection of slides seminars and interesting cases
Utah Webpath – Micro and macro images of common pathology organised by system
Pathkids – Southwest England Histopathology Trainees regional website

Professional Organisations and Societies

The Royal College of Pathologists
The Pathological Society
The Association of Clinical Pathologists
British Division of the International Association of Pathologists
European Society of Pathology