There are two department retreats each year. The Pathology Graduate Programs Annual Retreat was started in 1994 by Peter Howley and continues to be very successful. The retreat is a two-day event, the purpose of which is to bring together graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members involved in Ph.D. training in the department in a research meeting format. It is held in June each year. The format of the meeting is a combination of faculty presentations each day as well as poster presentations by the students and fellows from each of the laboratories. The department faculty speakers are chosen from the central department and from the affiliated institutions. In the evening, a presentation is given by a keynote speaker who has made a significant research contribution over a recent period of time. Following the keynote presentation is a social event that has been well attended by the faculty and students.
Invitations to this retreat are extended to all quad-based Pathology faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students as well as Pathology faculty from affiliated institutions who participate in DMS graduate program education and their lab members. Administrative and technical staff of the central department is also invited to participate.
The Central Pathology Retreat, held each year in the fall, is to bring together quad-based Pathology faculty, graduate students and fellows. This 2-day retreat is limited to Pathology members in the Quadrangle and first year rotating graduate students from several campus-wide programs.
Both retreats are both intellectually and socially stimulating providing a forum for scientific discussions as well as social interactions.