Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program
This is a one year program designed for individuals who wish to pursue intense training in Surgical Pathology in an environment that allows graduated responsibility and independent work necessary to build diagnostic confidence and maturity. The Surgical Pathology laboratory at VCU Medical Center processes over 18,000 specimens/ year representing benign and malignant pathology, and biopsies as well as large complex resections from all organ systems. Sign-out in Surgical Pathology is subspecialized, assuring trainee interaction with faculty with expertise in specific organ system pathology. The general framework of this fellowship includes: nine months rotations through various subspecialty services (Gastrointestinal and liver pathology, Gynecologic and Genitourinary pathology, Breast/Heart/Lung/General, ENT/Dermatopathology) and three months of elective rotations. The fellowship allows flexibility in the schedule, depending on the fellow’s subspecialty interest (i.e. primarily Gynecologic Pathology focus). While on a subspecialty service rotation, the fellow signs-out the cases as a junior attending with the resident only, handles frozen sections and consultation cases, instructs the residents in handling complex specimens, and presents at interdisciplinary conferences. Elective rotations are available in Neuropathology, Cytopathology, Molecular Pathology, or selected Clinical Pathology services (Hematopathology, Blood Bank). The fellow participates in one of the many departmental research projects, and presentation at national meetings and publication in peer reviewed journals is encouraged. This fellowship is designed to provide the necessary skills for the fellow to function as an academic pathologist with responsibilities in service, teaching, and research or as a community-based pathologist with responsibilities primarily in service and laboratory management.
Requirements: Candidates must have satisfactorily completed an accredited training program in AP or AP/CP and passed USMLE Step 3.
Program Director: Celeste N. Powers, MD, PhD