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Program Description

Begun in 1972, this ComACC accredited postdoctoral training program has a rich history of producing leaders within the field of Clinical Chemistry. Fellows receive two-years of intensive training in both the analytical and clinical aspects of clinical chemistry and are prepared to enter laboratory medicine in clinical service, educational, or research roles. Training takes place primarily within the McLendon Clinical Laboratories Core Laboratories which occupy ~10000 sq.ft. of clinical laboratory space. The Core Laboratories currently handle ~3000 samples per day and exceed 5,000,000 procedures annually. The testing menu along with the work produced through referral testing assures the trainee receives exposure to an extensive range of testing.

Training is flexible and dependent upon the fellow’s previous experience. During the initial six-month period, the fellow rotates through the major clinical chemistry sections: automated chemistry (general, high-volume testing), special chemistry (electrophoresis, immunoassay, chromatography, etc), toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring, critical care (blood gases and specific stat testing), and pediatric metabolism (organic acids, amino acids). Throughout this period and into the second year as fellows demonstrate mastery of previous assignments, they are given additional responsibilities and activities of increasing complexity. Examples of such include test interpretation, method troubleshooting, on-call responsibilities, referral testing review, method/instrument evaluations, procedures revisions, and inspection readiness. The fellow is expected to participate in a variety of educational activities to supplement the rotations. These include didactics and informal discussions, Clinical Pathology Residents and Fellow’s Conference, Grand Rounds, and the McLendon Clinical Laboratories continuing education program. In the second year, the fellows are encouraged to devote a portion of their time to at least one research problem and to continue expanding their participation in the management process of the laboratory.

Through this program fellows are eligible, and encouraged, to sit for the American Board of Clinical Chemistry examination at the conclusion of their first year.

Program Requirements

Applicants must have an earned Doctor of Philosophy (or an equivalent doctoral degree) in the basic sciences; chemistry, biology or physics or Doctor of Medicine degree from an accredited university or college. Applicants should have successfully completed enough chemistry courses to apply to the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, i.e., a minimum of 30 semester hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry or biochemistry courses taken at institutions acceptable to the Board. Those possessing an MD must be diplomates of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, or have met the requirements to take the Board examination.


Equal to that of a PGY-1 Resident.

Program Director

Nichole Korpi–Steiner, PhD, DABCC, FACB


Applications will be accepted for the 2025 Fellowship Position beginning July 1st, 2024.

Applicants must provide a statement of interest, a copy of their curriculum vita, and official copies of their undergraduate and graduate or medical school transcripts, plus three letters of recommendation. If selected for an interview, applicants will be provided a formal application. Applications will be reviewed by the committee beginning September1st and will continue until the position is filled.

For additional information, please contact…

Janice Badstein
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
UNC Hospitals
101 Manning Drive, RM N1090
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Telephone: 984-974-1504
Fax: 984-974-1675