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Pathology Fellowship

The Pediatric Pathology Fellowship is a one-year ACGME-accredited program designed to provide fellows with training in all aspects of pathology relating to the fetus, infant and child. 

Fellows will benefit from a rich clinical experience in all areas of pathology. This includes working alongside nationally-recognized experts in a wide range of subspecialties, such as tumor pathology, placental pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, fine needle aspiration and informatics. Training in clinical pathology is also incorporated, with particular strength in hematopathology and transfusion medicine.

Specific time dedicated to pursuing elective rotations and research is heavily integrated into the robust curriculum. This program is administered through cooperation with George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Fellows must have an M.D., or D.O., degree, be eligible for medical licensure in the District of Columbia and have completed training in AP or AP/CP prior to commencing the fellowship.


Research

Research

A variety of clinical research projects are available to fellows. Fellows are encouraged to become involved in at least one of these projects and submit an abstract to the annual Society for Pediatric Pathology meeting and to the Children's National/Children’s Research Institute annual Research and Education Week, both of which take place in the spring. The required fellow quality improvement project can also be submitted to Research Week as a poster presentation.

 
Education

Education

A variety of intra- and interdepartmental conferences are conducted each week. Fellows are required to attend a subset of these and encouraged to attend any others which are of interest. Fellows are expected to present the pathology component at some of these sessions.

Conferences
Didactic Lectures 
Leukemia/Lymphoma Conference 
GI conference 
Tumor Board 
Hematology/Oncology Fellow Pathology Teaching
Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board 
Brain Cutting
Cardiology Specimen Conference
Surgery-Radiology Conference 
NICU M&M Conference
Muscle Biopsy Review
ENT Surgery Conference 
Pathology Quality Improvement Conference 
Clinical Lab    
Management Conference
Directors’ Conference
Metabolics/Genetics Signout
Microbiology Lab Rounds
Laboratory Rounds
Optional
Pediatric Grand Rounds
CN Fellows’ Committee
 

 

 
Curriculum

Curriculum

The fellow will assist with all autopsies unless on an outside rotation. He/she will also participate in one of the following services each day:

  • Surgical pathology/Consult pathology/Neuropathology
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology

Specific time for rotation in Hematopathology and Clinical Pathology is allowed in the spring (April or May), with an additional month dedicated to an elective rotation or research if desired.

By the end of the fellowship program, each trainee is expected to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the six ACGME core competencies as below:

Patient Care
  •  Gather, review and integrate appropriate clinical information regarding pathology cases, including clinical notes, results of radiologic studies and previous pathology/laboratory results. Interaction and discussion with colleagues in other departments is often necessary to adequately obtain this information

Medical Knowledge

  •  Recognize the difference between normal and abnormal histological findings, embryology and anatomy at various stages of development. Become acquainted with the common causes of death in pediatric patients and fetuses, metabolic and genetic disorders, malformations and congenital defects

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  •  Review and analyze scientific information from various resources (literature, textbooks, online databases/websites) relevant to patient material

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  •  Effectively communicate and transmit appropriate information verbally and/or in writing to clinicians before, during or after evaluation of a pathology specimen

Professionalism

  •  Aim to perform duties with the utmost personal, professional and ethical considerations

Systems-Based Practice

  • Understand the clinical implications and ramifications of pathologic diagnoses, especially those regarding treatment, follow-up and need for additional testing

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the CAP Standard Application with supporting documents, including a CV and three reference letters to:

Myisha Braddock
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Children’s National Health System
Division of Anatomic Pathology
Room 1620
111 Michigan Avenue N.W.
Phone: 202-476-7168
Email: mnbraddock@cnmc.org 

 

 
 
Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Anatomic Pathology

Christopher T. Rossi, M.D.
Medical Director; Surgical & Autopsy Pathology

D. Ashley Hill, M.D.
Surgical & Autopsy Pathology

Alison R. Huppmann, M.D.
Hematopathology, Surgical & Autopsy Pathology

Dragos Luca, M.D.
Hematopathology, Surgical & Autopsy Pathology

Elena Puscasiu, M.D. 
Surgical & Autopsy Pathology

Isabel Almira-Suarez, M.D.
Neuropathology, Surgical Pathology

Laboratory Medicine

Meghan Delaney, D.O., M.P.H.
Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Transfusion Medicine

Christine A. Reyes, M.D.
Associate Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Joseph Campos, Ph.D.
Microbiology

Kristina Cusmano-Ozog, M.D.
Molecular and Biochemical Genetics

Cyril Jacquot, M.D., Ph.D.
Transfusion Medicine

Yunchuan Delores Mo, M.D.
Transfusion Medicine