I did a year of pathology in medical school at Ohio State - a post-sophmore fellowship, which is basically an intern year of pathology.
It's a large, academic institution, of course. Very scholarly. Lots and lots of research, both bench and clinical. The pathology department wielded a good amount of clout overall, and was well represented in the hospital and medical school administrative levels.
The atmosphere was very collegial. Not much infighting. The Chair was a pleasant guy. Like pathologists in general (in my experience) people were well rounded, had interesting lives and pursuits outside of their work, yet were very committed to their careers.