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Clinical Fellowships

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Fellowship in Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine

Amy Schmidt, M.D., Ph.D. is the director of our Transfusion Medicine Fellowship program. This one year ACGME-approved fellowship program includes didactic and practical training in advanced immunohematology, therapeutic and donor apheresis, extracorporeal photopheresis, blood donation, viral and bacterial testing, component processing and storage, coagulation, HLA, Patient Blood Management, and stem cell collection and processing at the University of Rochester Medical Center (800 beds) and the Northeast Division Red Cross Blood Services. The URMC blood bank is an AABB-accredited Immunohematology Reference Laboratory. This program provides for experience in perinatal transfusion as well as apheresis in neonates and children. Graded assumption of responsibility for medical, administrative, and instructional activities by the fellow are integral to the training program. Protected research time is included and research opportunities are provided commensurate with the fellow’s interests and experience. The University of Rochester Medical Center has a long history of innovative and dynamic research in transfusion medicine/blood banking, hematology and related fields and many mentors to choose from in clinical, translational and basic investigation. A second and further years of research training may be possible in some instances. At the start of fellowship training, applicants should have completed pathology residency training and be Board eligible/certified in CP or AP/CP, or have completed residency training in internal medicine, anesthesiology, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, or pediatrics, and be Board eligible/certified.

Fellowship in Breast Pathology

The Breast Pathology Fellowship is a one-year program that provides a thorough exposure to diagnostic surgical pathology of the breast as well as multidisciplinary management of breast disease. The main objective of the program is to provide the fellow with proficient diagnostic skills, in-depth understanding of the implications of pathologic diagnoses in the management of breast cancer patients, and a unique translational research experience. The fellow will conduct intraoperative gross examinations of breast specimens, sign out both in-house breast cases and consultation cases from outside clinics and hospitals, and discuss the cases at the weekly Multidisciplinary Breast Care Clinic Conference. The fellow will also have the opportunity to conduct clinical and/or translational research projects which will be tailored to meet the individual's interests. The breast pathology subspecialty is comprised of 5 breast pathologists under the leadership of David G. Hicks, M.D., an internationally recognized breast pathologist. Our subspecialty is committed to providing outstanding diagnostic services for excellent patient care and preparing the next generation of pathologists to be experts in the challenging field of breast pathology.

Stanley F. Patten Fellowship in Cytopathology

Under the direction of Ellen Giampoli, M.D., the Stanley F. Patten Cytopathology Fellowship is a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship offering advanced training in diagnostic cytopathology, including application of ancillary techniques such as immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics and electron microscopy to cytologic specimens. Considerable emphasis is placed on correlations between cytopathologic and surgical pathologic diagnoses. The Cytopathology Laboratory examines approximately 55,000 gynecologic specimens and nearly 7,000 non-gynecologic specimens per year, including approximately 2,000 fine needle aspirations biopsies. Pathologists perform superficial FNAs. The fellow also participates in interdepartmental conferences and in teaching residents and medical students. Individuals interested in applying must have completed a four-year accredited AP/CP Pathology Residency program and be board eligible/certified.

Fellowship in General Surgical Pathology

David G. Hicks, M.D. directs this one-year non-accredited department fellowship in General Surgical Pathology in which the fellow will be responsible for specimen evaluation, diagnosis, provision of a consultative opinion when appropriate, and completion of the appropriate medical record. This fellowship is flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs and career goals of the fellow. Primary activities include rotations through different subspecialty services for the unit, clinical diagnostic work, presentations at interdisciplinary conferences, and teaching. Opportunities to work on research projects with a sponsoring faculty mentor are available and encouraged. The fellowship is reviewed by the GME committee and is held to the same standards as ACGME-accredited fellowships.

Fellowship in Genitourinary Pathology

Jerome Jean-Gilles, Jr., M.D. leads this one-year, non-accredited department fellowship in Genitourinary Pathology. The program was established in 2005, and is divided into three primary activities: 1) clinically oriented work which includes supervised sign out of genitourinary case material and presentation at clinical conferences; 2) clinical/pathologic research and/or more basic bench research; 3) teaching of residents and medical students. The University of Rochester Medical Center is a regional referral center with a strong Urology department. The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine accessions over 50,000 surgical cases a year with a significant number of complex and unusual genitourinary specimens. The Urology and Pathology departments have a wide range of clinical and basic research activities with particular strengths in prostate and ladder cancer research. Many of the projects are collaborative between the two departments including the investigation of neuroendocrine differentiation in androgen independent prostate cancer. Individuals interested in applying to these programs must have completed a four-year accredited AP/CP Pathology Residency program and be board eligible/certified.

GI/Hepatobiliary Fellowship

Our GI/Hepatobiliary department fellowship complements our GI Surgical Pathology subspecialty encompassing the breadth of GI and liver pathology. The University of Rochester is home to an active group of foregut surgeons, surgical oncologists and colorectal surgeons who care for patients with both neoplastic and medical diseases. In addition, we perform almost 13,000 GI biopsy examinations annually, both neoplastic and medical pathology. The liver transplant/hepatobiliary surgery program is well established, having been in place for almost 20 years; we have an excellent relationship with their team of four surgeons. There are multiple interdisciplinary GI conferences at URMC (including GI oncology, hepatobiliary oncology, transplant and pediatric among others) in which fellows may actively participate. If desired, fellows will have the opportunity to rotate through other subspecialty services or affiliated community hospitals. Sign out privileges are also anticipated for fellows with appropriate qualifications. Opportunities for collaborative translational research abound and departmental funds are available for projects as well as travel for presentation of results at a national meeting. Applicants must have completed either a three-year Anatomic Pathology Residency program only accredited training program or have completed a four-year accredited AP/CP Pathology Residency program and be board eligible/certified.

Fellowship in Hematopathology

Andrew G. Evans, M.D., Ph.D. is the director of our Hematopathology Fellowship program. Established in 2007, this ACGME-accredited program offers training in all aspects of diagnostic hematopathology. First and foremost, the program will train hematopathologists who are competent for independent practice. In addition, the program strives to give trainees the intellectual tools and habits that they need to stay abreast of this quickly evolving field throughout their lifetime, and to be the individuals who shape the field through their own scholarship.Individuals who are interested in applying must be board-certified/board-eligible in anatomic pathology (AP), clinical pathology (CP), or AP/CP, and must have completed USMLE by the time of application.

Fellowship in Neuropathology

A two-year Neuropathology Fellowship under the direction of Mahlon A. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D. provides one fellow training in neurosurgical, neuromuscular and autopsy neuropathology. Teaching opportunities include instruction of rotating medical students and resident trainees from Pathology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery. The schedule is flexible so that clinical responsibilities can be complemented by research. Successful completion of Pathology training in a two-year accredited AP Pathology Residency program and board eligibility/certification is required prior to applying to this fellowship.