Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
Surgical Pathology Fellowship
Accepting Applications for 2022 - 2023 (1 Opening) and 2023 - 2024 (1 Opening)
Accepting Applications for 2024 - 2025 Starting June 2022
This is a one-year ACGME-accredited program that offers comprehensive training in Surgical Pathology, in an environment that allows graduated responsibility and independent work to build excellent diagnostic skills and confidence.
The fellowship is designed to prepare trainees for a career as general or subspecialty pathologists. The sign-out in Surgical Pathology follows a subspecialty model, with services including breast/ thoracic, gastrointestinal/ liver, gynecologic, genitourinary, bone/ soft tissue, head and neck pathology and dermatopathology. The schedule is flexible and allows fellows to rotate through all subspecialties or focus for an extended period on subspecialties of particular interest. There are no responsibilities for grossing or autopsies. Elective rotations are available in any area of pathology.
Fellows have an initial period of working closely with faculty to develop advanced diagnostic and reporting skills. Subsequently, the fellow will assume graduated responsibility for sign-out of institutional and consultation cases, independent intraoperative frozen section evaluation, and resident instruction. Presentations at multidisciplinary conferences are paired with subspecialty service rotations. There are multiple opportunities for residents and medical student teaching. The fellow is expected to participate in one of the many departmental research projects, and peer-reviewed publication is encouraged.
The Surgical Pathology laboratory at VCU Medical Center processes over 25,000 cases a year, comprised of medical and complex oncologic surgical specimens. Resources for clinical and research activities include immunohistochemistry, molecular pathology, tissue microarrays, and bioinformatics. The trainees completing this fellowship have successfully taken positions as academic pathologists with responsibilities in service, teaching, and research, or as community-based pathologists with responsibilities primarily in service and laboratory management.
Requirements: Candidates must have satisfactorily completed an accredited training program in AP or AP/CP and passed USMLE Step 3.
Stipends: Salary and benefits are commensurate with level of training.
Available Position(s): Currently accepting applications for one position for the 2022 - 2023 academic year and one position for the 2023 - 2024 academic year. Applications for the 2024 - 2025 academic year will be accepted starting June 2022.
Program Director: Valentina Robila, MD, PhD
Applications: Interested individuals should submit a CV and the Standardized Application for Pathology
Fellowship form found on the CAP website (www.cap.org), the VCU Pathology website
(www.pathology.vcu.edu). Applicants should also request three letters of recommendation, one of which should
come from their current program director. All documentation should be sent to the training program coordinator:
Dr. Pamela Adams-Lewis
Senior Program Coordinator
Virginia Commonwealth University
Health System, Department of Pathology
PO Box 980662, 1101 E. Marshall St., 4th Fl
Richmond, VA 23298
Fax: (804) 827-1078
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