Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham
Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship
Openings for 2021
Number of appointments per year - 1
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Departments of Pathology and
Genetics jointly offer a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship in molecular genetic pathology.
The fellowship is designed to train academically oriented pathologists and medical geneticists
for a career in molecular genetic pathology, including hematology/oncology, infectious diseases,
identity testing, molecular diagnostics of Mendelian disorders, cytogenetics, and medical
genetics. After completion of this program, the fellow will be eligible to take the Molecular
Genetic Pathology board examination cosponsored by ABP and ABMMG.
Training includes didactic courses, selected laboratory rotations and an in-depth research
experience. The fellow will gain experience in a broad range of molecular techniques including
nucleic acid extraction and amplification (PCR, RT-PCR, real-time PCR, NASBA, and SDA),
sequencing, capillary electrophoresis, traditional cytogenetics, FISH, microarray and next
generation sequencing technology. Trainees are expected to function as junior attendings and
will be actively involved in test development, performance, preparation of report of sign-out,
participation in clinic/inpatient visits and clinical consultation. Fellows are also exposed to
administrative aspects of directing a modern molecular diagnostics laboratory. Opportunities for
research experience are available in the first and subsequent years.
This program is directed by Shuko Harada, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, Interim
Division Director of Genomics and Bioinformatics, and Section Head of Molecular Pathology.
Requirements: Applicants must be AP, CP or AP/CP or medical genetics Board eligible, or
Stipends: Stipends are commensurate with the year of postgraduate training in pathology or
genetics. Also provided is a professional development fund.
Submit application 12 to 24 months prior to initiation of training along with
curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation, including one from current program
director to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address letters of recommendation to:
Shuko Harada, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology
Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship
Department of Pathology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
619 19th Street South, HSB 149M
Birmingham, AL 35249-6823
Additional information can be obtained from:
Telephone: (205) 975-3450
Fax: (205) 975-PATH