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Cytopathology Fellowship

The Department of Pathology at Rush University Medical Center offers a one year ACGME accredited Cytopathology Fellowship Program. There will be one position available annually. The applicant is required to have completed a four-year Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency or a three-year Anatomic Pathology Residency from an ACGME accredited Program in order to apply.

The department receives more than 13,000 cases per year; approximately 9,000 GYN pap smears and 4,000 non-GYN cases, including more than 1,400 fine-needle aspirations. The fellow will receive a 12-month course of graduated, concentrated diagnostic training of aspirational and exfoliative cytology. The fellow will review gynecologic and non-gynecologic specimens, including all fine needle aspiration cases, preview all non-gynecologic cases with graduated ownership, including ordering of appropriate studies, such as immunohistochemistry and molecular diagnostics. The fellow will review all outside consultation cases.

The program also includes rapid onsite assessment of adequacy from various departments, including interventional radiology, cardiothoracic surgery, inpatient and outpatient ultrasound, endoscopy, and bronchoscopy. The fellow will also gain experience performing and evaluating superficial palpable fine needle aspirations from the outpatient cancer center and inpatient wards. The fellow will be actively involved with teaching the rotating residents and medical students and is expected to participate in journal and reading clubs. Assisting in quality assurance of the cytology laboratory, including retrospective review of new high grade pap smears and histology-cytology correlation is expected. The fellow will observe and learn the methods of cyto-preparation and participate in the Multidisciplinary Thyroid Tumor Board. There will be an optional one month elective rotation in surgical pathology. Participation in research/scholarly activities and presentations at national meetings is strongly encouraged.

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 (which should include a letter from your program director). 

Why Choose RUSH?

Please send the completed Rush fellowship application form, your CV, cover letter, and list of references to the following:

Harold S. Hayes
Manager, Residency and Fellowship Programs
Department of Pathology
Rush University Medical Center
1750 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5471