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The Hematopathology Section of the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis announces openings for an accredited Hematopathology fellowship starting July 1, 2014. This is a one-year fellowship with the option of additional years of research for highly qualified applicants. Eight months of the fellowship are focused primarily on diagnosis of hematologic malignancies by integrating morphology and immunophenotype with cytogenetic and molecular findings. This service includes pediatric hematopathology and supports a busy bone marrow transplant section. Approximately 4 months of flexible elective time is provided that would include benign/wet hematology, performance of bone marrow biopsy procedures, research, molecular diagnostics, genomics, and/or cytogenetics.

The large referral quaternary care and urban hospital system associated with Washington University in St. Louis provides a broad range of cases comprising >3000 in-house marrows (cores and aspirates), ~1500 lymph nodes and other surgical and non-surgical specimens, and ~1000 consult cases per year. The Adult and Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant services together perform more than 400 transplants annually. Due to the high volume and diversity of cases, the fellow will gain extensive diagnostic experience in the field of hematopathology, including uncommon disease entities, such as mature T-cell and NK-cell neoplasms and immunodeficiency associated lymphoproliferative disorders. The fellow's responsibilities are broad and an increasingly independent approach to case work-up is encouraged. The fellow is regarded as the initial pathologist on all cases and will write pathology reports integrating morphologic description and all ancillary studies (molecular, cytogenetic, and flow cytometric results). The fellow is seen as the primary contact for referring pathologists and will be working closely with the clinical hematology/oncology faculty, gaining insights into the clinical management of patients.

The fellows present weekly at the lymphoma and bone marrow transplant conferences and monthly at cytogenetics and molecular correlation conferences and journal clubs. The fellows are expected to participate in hematopathology-related translational projects, for which funding is provided. Trainees with strong basic research interests will be able to choose among many outstanding research laboratories both within and outside the Department of Pathology and Immunology, and will be part of a stimulating and collegial research community with top-notch facilities and resources

In summary, this program provides a strong basis for clinical practice including challenging cases in both adult and pediatric hematopathology, as well as opportunities for cutting-edge basic and translational research. Upon completion of the program, the fellow will have the necessary skills and experience to successfully pursue a clinical and/or academic career in hematopathology.

Requirements: Applicants must be Board eligible or certified in anatomic and/or clinical pathology. To apply, please submit all materials by email as a pdf document to Sue Pagano @ spagano@path.wustl.edu.

Required materials are:

  1. Fellowship Application
  2. CV
  3. Three letters directly emailed by your references or program coordinator
  4. Personal Statement
  5. USMLE test scores
  6. Transcript(s)
If you have specific questions about the application process or the program,
please contact Sue Pagano, Fellowship Coordinator.

(314) 747-0687
spagano@path.wustl.edu