Cytopathology Fellowship

Program Description:
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and UNC Hospitals offer a one-year training program in cytopathology. The program is fully accredited by the ACGME and is approved for two fellows per year. The fellowship focuses on service responsibilities within the division of cytopathology, with opportunities for complementary study in surgical pathology, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, and other specialized areas. The Cytopathology Laboratory accessions over 24,000 cytology specimens per year, of which approximately 4,500 are nongynecologic specimens and approximately 1,200 are fine needle aspirations. A portion of the fine needle aspirations are performed by the cytopathology staff. The trainees' responsibilities include supervision of the fine needle aspiration service, participation in cytopathology sign-out, and participation in teaching and conferences in cytopathology with residents and staff. Fellows are also expected to pursue a research project during their fellowship year.

Program Requirements: Applicants must possess an M.D. degree and have at least two years of accredited residency training in anatomic pathology. Preference is given to those applicants who have completed an AP or AP/CP residency.

Stipends: Fellowship stipends are based on the trainee's number of years of postdoctoral training and the current UNC Hospitals' Housestaff salary scale.

Program Director: Leslie G. Dodd, MD, Director of Cytopathology

Faculty Members:

Debra Budwit, MD — Gynecologic pathology

Leslie G. Dodd, MD — Neoplasms of bone and soft tissue

Kevin Greene, MD — Gastrointestinal pathology

Johann D. Hertel, MD — Cytopathology

Susan J. Maygarden, MD — Uropathology and lung pathology

Siobhan M. O'Connor, MD — Breast pathology

Lori R. Scanga, MD, PhD — GI, thyroid, head and neck pathology


Applications: To apply for the fellowship, the items listed below must be submitted to Janice Badstein at the address below. Interviews will be completed by February 28 (16 months before start date). Offers are extended by March 1 (16 months before start date). UNC Hospitals' Housestaff Policies are available for review on the Graduate Medical Education web site.

  1. The Standardized Application for Pathology Fellowships from the College of American Pathologists should be submitted by December 1 (19 months before start date of July 1).
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
  3. Three letters of reference including one from the Program Director of the Residency which the applicant completed or anticipates completing and 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. These letters should be submitted by January 1 (18 months before start date).
  4. An official Medical School transcript from the Registrar of the applicant’s School of Medicine (a photocopy is not acceptable) and the Dean's letter.

For additional information, please contact…

Betsy McDonald
Fellowship Coordinator
Room 30148 W&C
UNC Hospitals
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Telephone: 984-974-9132