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Breast/GYN Pathology Fellowship

The Breast/GYN Pathology Fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center is a one year program that provides a thorough exposure to diagnostic breast and gynecologic surgical pathology as well as multidisciplinary management of breast and gynecologic disease. The department signs out approximately 3,099 in-house breast cases, 890 breast consult cases, 13,008 in-house gynecologic cases, and 279 gynecologic consult case yearly. 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 and gynecologic cancer patients, and a unique translational research experience.

The fellow will conduct intraoperative gross examinations of breast and gynecologic specimens, sign out both in-house cases and consultation cases from outside clinics and hospitals, and discuss the cases at the weekly Multidisciplinary Breast Care Clinic Conference (Monday morning) and the Multidisciplinary Gynecologic Conference (Friday morning). 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 8 breast pathologists under the leadership of Dr. David Hicks, an internationally recognized breast pathologist. The gynecologic pathology subspecialty is comprised of 8 gynecologic pathologists under the leadership of Dr. Sharlin Varghese. Our subspecialty services are committed to providing outstanding diagnostic services for excellent patient care and preparing the next generation of pathologists to be experts in the challenging fields of breast and gynecologic pathology.

We are currently recruiting for a Women's Health fellowship for academic year 2024-2025, with an opportunity for both Breast and GYN subspecialty in Pathology. The most attractive candidates will have interests in both Breast and GYN. If interested, please email

Openings are currently available for the 2025-2026 and 2026-2027 academic years. Stipend levels are commensurate with the level of post-graduate training.


One position is available each academic year.


Commensurate with the level of training.

Virtual Interviews - We recognize this is an important time in your professional training – when you will continue to grow personally and professionally, expand your skills and develop plans for your future career. Your safety is a top priority. We are committed to helping you navigate your application process during these unprecedented times. Our faculty and administrative teams are available and will ensure that information is relayed to you in a manner that allows you to make an informed and thoughtful decision. View application information.

Starting 2023 - Department fellows will be hired as instructors. Please contact Melissa Sullivan if you have any questions.

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