Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship


Program Description:
  The University of North Carolina Hospitals offers a one year fellowship in molecular genetic pathology. The fellow gains a working knowledge of molecular procedures including in situ hybridization/FISH, DNA sequencing, protein truncation test, DNA/cDNA amplification, Southern blot, tissue macrodissection, sequencing (next gen, pyro- and Sanger sequencing), epigenetic tests, and array technologies including gene expression profiling and SNP chips. These procedures are applied in a wide spectrum of clinical settings including oncology, inherited disease, infectious disease, HLA-typing, identification, and pharmacogenetics. The fellow learns to analyze and interpret molecular data from clinical cases and to compose concise, informative reports that incorporate correlative clinical, histologic, immunophenotypic, and cytogenetic findings. The fellow learns to design and carry out research aimed at understanding the molecular basis of disease and then translating those discoveries into improved laboratory tests. Ethical issues, quality assurance, and lab administration are discussed as they relate to clinical practice. Consider applying for our combined 2-year Molecular and Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program. UNC Hospitals has the longest track record of board certifications among all ACGME-accredited molecular genetic pathology training programs nationwide.

Program Requirements:  MD degree. AP/CP board eligibility/certification is preferred.

Length of Program:  12 months, with option to apply for combined surgical pathology or experimental pathology fellowship.

Types and Number of Appointments:  One MGP fellow trains alongside many other fellows.

Facilities:  University of North Carolina Hospitals.

Stipends:  Commensurate with year of postgraduate pathology/genetics training; visit UNC Hospitals' Housestaff benefits page for the current UNC Hospitals' Housestaff salary scale.

Applications:  Due November 1 (1.7 years prior to the intended start date of July 1).  Rolling admission for early or late applicants.

Faculty and instructors:  Booker, Chao, Civalier, Coleman, Eron, Farber, Funkhouser, Gilligan, Gulley, Hammett-Stabler, Hu, Johnson, Kaiser-Rogers, Keelean-Fuller, Lai-Goldman, Miller, Moll, Muenzer, Nelson, Patel, Perou, Powell, Rao, Schmitz, Skrzynia, Thorne, Trembath, Weck, Zariwala, fellows, technologists, and others.

Program director:  Margaret L. Gulley, MD, Dept of Pathology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7525. Telephone: 919-843-4595; E-mail: margaret_gulley@med.unc.edu


Applying to the UNC Molecular Genetic Pathology Program:

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

Graduates of medical/schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME),  or Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school and who have either (a) a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and hold a J1 visa (H1-B visa is not sponsored), or (b) have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S.  In order to be considered, please submit the following:

  1. The Standardized Application for Pathology Fellowships, your CV, and a personal statement, preferably in electronic form.
  2. Three letters of reference (one from your Residency Program Director verifying the level of training completed and competency, and two letters from members of the professional staff of the hospital where the applicant has most recently served). .
  3. The following two items need not be submitted at the time of application but must be submitted by the time of interview:  An official Medical School transcript from the Registrar of the applicant’s School of Medicine.  (A photocopy is not acceptable.) The UNC Hospitals Application for Housestaff Appointment, including the Signed Authorization for Release of Information.


For additional information, please contact…

Janice Badstein
McLendon Clinical Labs
UNC Hospitals
101 Manning Drive
1106 East Wing
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Telephone: 919-966-2318

Fax: 919-966-6407