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The Program:

The Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowship program is a joint undertaking between the Divisions of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, Laboratory and Genomic Medicine, and Neuropathology. The fellowship is a one year position accredited by the ACGME, and is designed to meet the needs of trainees interested in a careers focused on the application of molecular genetic techniques to translational science and the clinical laboratory. For applicants interested in basic science careers, additional research years may be available through the physician scientist-training program (PSTP) within the department.

The History:

Fellowship approved by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to begin July 1, 2008. The fellowship has graduated 16 fellows with three more to graduate in June 2016.

The Curriculum:

During training fellows will learn how to design and validate molecular assays, interpret molecular testing results (including NGS based sequencing), and to best use the results of molecular testing to improve patient care. The overall fellowship training is flexible and allows trainees to spend additional time focused on key sub-specialty areas of interest within molecular diagnostics. The Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital provides the clinical material for the program. The fellowship includes laboratory rotations through the clinical Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Microbiology Laboratory, HLA Laboratory, and FISH Laboratory of Barnes-Jewish Hospital; the Cytogenetics Laboratory, Microarray Laboratory of the Department of Pathology; Genomics and Pathology Services at Washington University (GPS @ WU); and the Bioinformatics section of the Department of Pathology. The fellowship also includes clinical rotations through the general pediatric genetics clinic and the general adult genetics clinic (as well as elective rotations through the neurogenetics, Down syndrome, or Beckwith-Wiedemann clinics). The fellowship provides a strong emphasis on the application of high throughput technologies to molecular oncology, and fellows will spend considerable time in our state of the art next generation sequencing laboratory (GPS @ WU) learning all aspects of the process including specimen intake, panel design, data analysis, and case sign-out. Fellows will be active in the Washington University genomics tumor board held in conjunction with the McDonnell Genome Institute. Fellows will also participate in regular didactic teaching sessions with faculty, and contribute to departmental conferences and journal clubs. Fellows are encouraged to present research findings at national meetings. The fellowship maintains 3 fully funded, ACGME-accredited one-year positions, is among the largest MGP fellowship training programs in the country, and was the first to offer clinical NGS based training. Trainees will interact directly with ordering physicians, geneticists, bioinformaticians, and research faculty providing full breadth of training. The program is especially focused on the application of a full range of sequencing based assays to improve patient care through more accurate diagnostics, improved risk stratification, and better tumor monitoring. Pervious fellows have pursued successful careers in NIH funded-research basic science research, clinical academics, private practice, and industry.

The Facilities:

Training for the fellowship occurs in the state of the art facilities of Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital. The Molecular Genetic Pathology section is located in the 680,000 square-foot BJC Institute of Health (BJCIH) at Washington University School of Medicine which is an 11-story research building housing laboratories and support facilities and is Washington University's largest building. Additional training is held in the state-of-the-art Cortex building on the edge of the medical campus known as the CORTEX District (Center of Research, Technology and Entrepreneurial Exchange).

Past Fellows

Residency

Where Are They Now?

Jamal Carter, MD

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Transfusion Medicine Fellow
NIH , Bethesda, MD

Yi-Shan Lee, MD, PhD

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, DC

Assistant Professor Pathology and Immunology Washington University, St. Louis

Jason Rosenbaum, MD

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of PA

George Miles, MD, PhD

Anatomic Pathology, Laboratory of Pathology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

Pathologist, Molecular Health, Woodlands, TX

Bevan Tandon, MD

Department of Pathology
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine Resident Physician
Chicago, IL

Assistant Director of Hematopathology and Clinical Genomics, The Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Maryville, TN

Naomi Yoo, MD

Yale University, New Haven, CT

Pathologist at CellNetix, Seattle, WA

Elizabeth Chastain, MD

Emory University Department of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Assistant Professor Pathology, University of MS, Jackson, MS

Jennifer Sehn, MD

Washington University St. Louis, MO

Assistant Professor Pathology and Immunology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

David Spencer, MD, PhD

Washington University St. Louis, MO

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis

Teresa Cox, MD

Pathology Residency, Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA.

Chief of Anatomic Pathology, Walter Reed Army Hospital, Bethesda, MD

Ian Hagemann, MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania Hospital

Assistant Professor Pathology and Immunology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Mohammad Hussaini, MD

Washington University St. Louis, MO

Assistant Professor of Pathology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Gabriel Bien-Willner, MD, PhD

Washington University St. Louis, MO

Medical Director, Molecular Health, Woodlands, TX

Jonathan Klein, MD

Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY

Assistant Director of Hematopathology and Clinical Genomics, The Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Maryville, TN

Cecilia Yeung, MD

University of CA – Davis, Sacramento, CA

Assistant Professor Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Yumei Chen, MD, PhD

Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, IN

Pathologist, Community Hospital Anderson, IN

Amir Mohammadi, MD

University of Florida- Jacksonville

Director of Research, University of FL, Jacksonville, FL

Eric Duncavage, MD

Washington University St. Louis, MO

Assistant Professor Pathology and Immunology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Jochen Lennerz, MD, PhD

Washington University St. Louis, MO

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School


The Faculty:

Eric Duncavage, MD
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Immunology
Program Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

Cathy Cottrell, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Immunology
Assistant Professor of Genetics

Louis Dehner, MD
Professor, Pathology and Immunology

Ian Hagemann, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Immunology
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dorothy Grange, MD
Professor of Pediatrics

Anjum Hassan, MD
Associate Professor, Pathology and Immunology

Jacqueline Payton, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Immunology

John Pfeifer, MD, PhD
Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Pathology and Immunology
Professor Pathology and Immunology
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Application:

Requirements: Applicants must be Board certified/Board eligible in Anatomic and/or Clinical Pathology, or Medical Genetics, and meet the requirements for medical licensure in Missouri.

Required materials: should all be emailed as a pdf document to Sue Pagano @ spagano@path.wustl.edu.

  1. Fellowship Application
  2. CV
  3. Three letters directly emailed by your references or program coordinator
  4. Personal Statement
  5. USMLE test scores
Deadline for completed applications is November 1st.

For Additional Information Please Contact:

Sue Pagano, Fellowship Coordinator.

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