The Department of Pathology offers a one year non-ACGME accredited General Surgical Pathology Fellowship with one position available annually. The fellowship is based at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, an academic tertiary-care medical center with an ongoing accredited AP/CP pathology residency program.
Under the direction of David J. Cimbaluk, MD, the fellowship is intended to provide an advanced training experience with combined exposure to core rotations as well as targeted exposure to one or more pathology subspecialties in elective rotations. The core rotations in general surgical pathology include breast, lung, endocrine, derm, GYN, GI, liver and GU. The subspecialties available for elective rotations include these and molecular, renal and heme path. Our department has a large volume of cases (about 40,000 surgical and 11,000 cytology cases per year) signed out by expert subspecialty pathologists.
The fellow’s responsibilities include workups of consultation cases, representation in specialty conferences as well as multidisciplinary cancer conferences and tumor boards, intraoperative frozen section consultations, and teaching of pathology residents and medical students. We are also a referral center for specimens and consult cases from the following Community Hospitals in Illinois: Rush Oak Park Hospital in Oak Park, Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora and Riverside Hospital in Kankakee. The specimen material is thus an optimal mix of academic and community practices. Plenty of research opportunities are available in collaboration with the pathology and the clinical faculty. The fellow is strongly encouraged to participate in research, submit abstracts at scientific meetings and submit manuscripts for publications. Although the position is non-ACGME accredited, all ACGME regulations regarding duty hour limits, rest, assessment, evaluation and feedback will be followed.
The fellowship applicant should have completed residency training in anatomical pathology or anatomical and clinical pathology from an ACGME accredited Program and be either certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Pathology before the beginning of the fellowship. The fellowship application includes a completed application form (available online), a curriculum vitae with a personal statement and three letters of recommendation.