University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System at Chicago
Cytopathology Fellowship

 
Description: This fellowship is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that offers advanced training in diagnostic cytopathology, with equal emphasis on gynecologic, non-gynecologic and fine-needle aspiration cytology. The fellow will be expected to work closely with residents and students rotating through the cytopathology service. The fellow will have increasing levels of responsibility commensurate with level of performance. Strong emphasis will be placed on the integration of cytopathologic findings with corresponding histologic findings and ancillary study results. Diagnostic, research and teaching skills are emphasized in our collegial academic environment.

ThinPrep technology, including the ThinPrep Imaging System, is utilized in the laboratory. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Cytopathology Laboratory also performs High Risk and 16/18 genotype HPV testing in-house, ensuring exposure to molecular techniques and clinical applications with which the cytopathologist of the future will need to be at least conversant. The fellow will also become familiar with the quality control and quality assurance activities of the laboratory as well as with technical and professional billing considerations. The fellow will perform superficial fine-needle aspiration biopsies in outpatient and inpatient settings and participate in the assessment of adequacy of image-guided fine-needle aspiration specimens.
 
Over the course of the fellowship, the fellow will have the opportunity to develop the necessary medical knowledge and interactive skills to communicate effectively with medical professionals and patients. Upon completion of this fellowship program, the fellow should be ready to practice independently in private, commercial or academic settings and be able to meet all competency requirements for the daily practice of cytopathology.

Requirements: Applicants should have passed USMLE Step III and be board-eligible or board-certified in anatomic pathology or combined anatomic and clinical pathology. The applicant must be eligible for a permanent Illinois medical license.

Stipend: Commensurate with level of training. The UIC Graduate Medical Education Office (http://www.uic.edu/com/gme/) posts specific information regarding stipends and benefits.
 
Application: E-mail (preferred) or send curriculum vitae, personal statement and completed College of American Pathologists (CAP) Standardized Pathology Fellowship Application to Dr. Odile David, Cytopathology Fellowship Program Director (odavid@uic.edu).

Three letters of reference should be forwarded to:

Odile David, MD (odavid@uic.edu)
Director, Cytopathology Fellowship Program
Department of Pathology
University of Illinois at Chicago
840 S. Wood Street, Room 130 CSN
Chicago, IL 60612
 
Click here to view the Cytopathology Fellowship Orientation and Guidelines.
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