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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


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