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Cytopathology Fellowship

Fellowship Description:

This is a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program in cytopathology that satisfies requirements for sitting for the American Board of Pathology Cytopathology specialty boards.  Fellows will obtain expertise in all aspects of diagnostic cytopathology including performing and interpreting ultrasound-guided FNAs, interpreting GYN and non-GYN specimens, and appropriate application of ancillary techniques including molecular testing.  In addition to training in ultrasound-guided FNA and clinical diagnostic excellence, the program is unique in offering exposure to two other areas of importance for the field of Cytopathology:  Applied basic science to understand the cell biology of diagnostic cell and tissue structural changes; and Technology development relating to microbiopsy procurement, ROSE, and cytologic processing. 




As UMASS is the dominant provider of diagnostic pathology services and the major oncology center in central Massachusetts, we see a wide spectrum of cases. The volume and complexity of our cases and the opportunities for scholarly pursuits is well-suited for future stars in the field of cytopathology. 

Fellows are given increasing responsibility with sign out responsibility and with on-site evaluation of FNAs. Fellows refine their communication and teaching skills via participation in multi-discipline conferences and with resident teaching responsibilities. Research projects are encouraged and all costs to perform the projects including travel to meetings for presentation are funded by the department.

Program Director: Andrew Fischer, MD

Stipend and Benefits: Stipend is commensurate with training. Click here for more details on the GME website.

Vacation and Elective Time: Fellows have 3 weeks vacation time and 5 weeks of elective time.

Onsite Child Care: Bright Horizons Family Solutions, University Campus Center

Call Responsibilities: No overnight or weekend call

Requirements: Board eligible or Board certified in AP/CP or AP, successful completion of USMLE step 3, and Massachusetts State Medical License (prior to matriculation)

Applications and Contact Information: Download application form 

Cytopathology Faculty

Ali Akalin, M.D.

Ediz Cosar, M.D.

Andrew Fischer, M.D., Director of Cytopathology

Dina Kandil, M.D.

Xiaofei Wang, MD, PhD

Tao Zuo, MD, PhD