Clinical Fellowship Program

Forensic Pathology Fellowship

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2018-2019

The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) in Tucson, AZ offers an ACGME-accredited one-year Forensic Pathology training program. This program concentrates on preparing the fellow to successfully complete requirements for board certification. The PCOME is Arizona’s only National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) accredited office and serves as the primary site for fellowship training.  Other sites include the Tucson Police Department Crime Lab and the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office toxicology laboratory. PCOME has over 3000 cases reported to it annually of which approximately 100 are homicides. The fellow with personally perform approximately 250 autopsies under the direct supervision of any of six Board-certified forensic pathologists. The fellow will also accompany medical investigators to scenes to learn the essential techniques of scene investigation. Due to our location near the border with Mexico and the volume of migrant deaths in our jurisdiction, the office has world-renowned expertise in the handling, processing, examination and identification of unidentified and skeletal human remains. In-house forensic anthropologists provide comprehensive training in these disciplines. After a period of observation of expert testimony provided by staff forensic pathologists, the fellow will be given the opportunity to testify on their own involving cases they have performed. The fellow is encouraged to participate in a scholarly project during the year culminating in presentation at a meeting and/or publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Requirements: Board eligible/certified in AP or AP/CP

Stipend: Commensurate with level of postgraduate training

Applications: Submit a University of Arizona application, a current curriculum vitae, a personal statement, and three recommendations letters to:

Ina Rios
Fellowship Program Coordinator
inarios@pathology.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 626-5669
Fax: (520) 626-2521

University of Arizona Health Sciences
Department of Pathology
1501 N. Campbell Avenue
P.O. Box 245108
Tucson, AZ 85724-5108

GI, Liver & Pancreaticobiliary Fellowship

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2021

The Department of Pathology offers a one-year non-ACGME accredited fellowship position in GI, hepatobiliary and pancreatic pathology. The fellowship provides comprehensive training in interpretation of endoscopic, liver and pancreatobiliary biopsies and complex surgical resection specimens, including transplant specimens. The Department currently receives approximately 11,000 GI biopsies; 1500 GI, pancreas and liver resection specimens; 350 liver biopsies and 500 fine needle aspiration aspirations from the GI tract, pancreas and liver. These specimens include both adult and pediatric specimens. The fellow’s education is enhanced by the strong interdisciplinary approach to patient care including pathology, gastroenterology, radiology, surgery, oncology and radiation oncology.

The fellow’s responsibilities include slide review and preparation of selected reports, presentation at interdepartmental conferences and teaching and supervision of pathology residents. Training also includes elective. The fellow is encouraged to participate in a scholarly project during the year culminating in presentation at a meeting and/or publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Requirements: Board eligible/certified in AP or AP/CP

Stipend: Commensurate with level of postgraduate training

Applications: Submit a University of Arizona application, a current curriculum vitae, a personal statement, and three recommendations letters to:

Achyut Bhattacharyya, M.D.
Department Head, Pathology
Director, GI Pathology Fellowship Program
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Department of Pathology
P.O. Box 245108
1501 N. Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85724-5108

Contact:

Ina Rios
Fellowship Program Coordinator
inarios@pathology.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 626-5669
Fax: (520) 626-2521

University of Arizona Health Sciences
Department of Pathology
1501 N. Campbell Avenue
P.O. Box 245108
Tucson, AZ 85724-5108

Hematopathology Fellowship

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2018-2019 & 2019-2020

The Department of Pathology of the University of Arizona College of Medicine/Banner University Medical Center – Tucson (BUMC-T) offers a 1 year, ACGME-accredited Fellowship in Hematopathology, to start July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019. The fellowship emphasizes academic diagnostic hematopathology. There is a strong tradition of excellence in Hematopathology at the University of Arizona, supporting adult and pediatric hematology and oncology (including bone marrow transplants), the regional Hemophilia Center and solid organ transplant programs. We are recognized as a regional Hematopathology referral center for the Southwest and as an active participant in the Southwest Oncology Group.

Training includes acquisition of diagnostic skills for benign and neoplastic hematologic disorders in both adults and children. The fellow has exposure to a wide variety of specimens including blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, and body fluids. The clinical service includes evaluation of any tissues involved by hematologic disorders. The fellow will become proficient in applying various techniques for the diagnosis of hematopoietic disorders including flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, interpretation of cytogenetics (FISH, karyotypes); other techniques used include automated hematology and special coagulation. Molecular testing, including a microarray core facility and next-generation sequencing, is available. Furthermore, the fellow is involved in review of complex coagulation testing and generating patient-specific narrative interpretations. Exposure to laboratory administration and leadership is part of the training. With attainment of knowledge, the fellow is given gradual increase in responsibility to become a competent and independent hematopathologist.  Another component of the fellowship involves overseeing and teaching pathology residents and medical students. The fellow is expected to be a key part of the hematopathology team that bridges clinical and laboratory medicine.

An optional research year will consist of developing and executing a research project with emphasis on publication of data and initiation of a project with potential for independent funding.

University of Arizona/Banner University Medical Center Tucson offer a competitive salary and benefits package. The opportunities for recreational and educational activities along with a sunny and thriving desert climate are very attractive features. We are an EEO/AA employer.

Submit a University of Arizona application, a current curriculum vitae, a personal statement, and three recommendations letters to:

Catherine M. Spier, MD
Director, Hematopathology Fellowship Program
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Department of Pathology
P.O. Box 245059
1501 N. Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85724-5059

Contact:

Ina Rios
Fellowship Program Coordinator
inarios@pathology.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 626-5669
Fax: (520) 626-2521

University of Arizona Health Sciences
Department of Pathology
1501 N. Campbell Avenue
P.O. Box 245108
Tucson, AZ 85724-5108

Molecular Genetics Pathology Fellowship

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019-2020

Molecular Genetics Pathology Fellowship at the University of Arizona – Department of Pathology

The University of Arizona (UoA) Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP) fellowship is a one-year, sub-specialty training program leading to potential certification by the American Boards of Pathology and Medical Genetics on successful completion of this ACGME-accredited fellowship and subsequent board examination. The overall goal of the program is to specifically train fellows in the practice of diagnostic molecular pathology, the use and interpretation of molecular laboratory techniques and assays, and in the independent administration and directing of a molecular laboratory. The fellowship program is structured to include didactic, clinical and laboratory experiences in the following areas:

 General principles and medical knowledge of molecular biology and molecular diagnostics

 Clinical practice of molecular genetic pathology diagnostics, including:

o Appropriate understanding,

o use and interpretation of molecular assays

o Performance and trouble-shooting of molecular technologies

o Hands-on practical and sign-out experience in various molecular laboratories:

 Genetics, including adult and pediatric population

 Molecular hematopathology

 Molecular microbiology and virology

 Solid tumor molecular oncology, including next-generation sequencing (Solid Tumor Panel, to be launched in February or March, 2016)

 Cytogenetics, includes prenatal, cancer, and hematopoietic FISH

 Laboratory administration

o Quality control and quality improvement projects

o Involvement in new assay development, validation and implementation

o Regulatory and fiscal issues

 Clinical genetic rotations

 Scholarly and didactic activities

o Research project(s), as possible

o Didactic seminar experiences

This fellowship will focus on training the fellows in key competency areas that are important for professional growth and development, including Patient care, Medical knowledge, Practice-based learning and improvement, Interpersonal and Communication skills, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice as described in an article authored by Talbert et al (JMD, 11(6)-497, 2009). Specific goals are expected to be achieved throughout each of the laboratory and clinical rotations. These include acquisition of pertinent technical and clinical knowledge, provision of professional patient care, and active contribution to the specific field of molecular diagnostics through clinical service provision, correspondence with clinical and laboratory

Submit a University of Arizona application, a current curriculum vitae, a personal statement, and three recommendations letters to:

Contact:

Ina Rios
Fellowship Program Coordinator
inarios@pathology.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 626-5669
Fax: (520) 626-2521

University of Arizona Health Sciences
Department of Pathology
1501 N. Campbell Avenue
P.O. Box 245108
Tucson, AZ 85724-5108