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Graduate Medical Education (GME): Cytopathology

Fellowship Program Director: Armando Filie, M.D.

The Cytopathology Section of the National Cancer Institute provides diagnostic cytopathology services to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its associated clinical services in the NIH Clinical Center, a 200-bed and 93 day-hospital stations research hospital. The relatively high frequency of pathologic findings combined with the diversity of types of exfoliative and fine needle aspiration (FNA) specimens seen in our Section provide a broad experience in diagnostic cytopathology. The goals of the fellowship are to develop a strong foundation in diagnostic cytopathology and introduce clinically oriented physicians to current research techniques.

Program Structure
The Fellowship Program is 12 months in duration. For the clinical training, Fellows are assigned to the cytology diagnostic service approximately seventy-five percent (75%) of the time. While on clinical training, the Fellow will have progressive and supervised responsibility for the accessioned cases, for performing FNAs and for providing rapid-on-site-evaluation of guided FNAs. An attending pathologist is available for back-up and consultation at all times. The majority of our caseload is non-gynecologic cytology including FNA samples. The Fellow will also rotate for one month each through the Cytopathology Divisions of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the George Washington University Medical Center as well as the Molecular Pathology Diagnostic Unit at our laboratory where the Fellow gains experience on current molecular pathology techniques applied to pathology samples. Our laboratory also has an active immunocytochemistry service utilized for diagnostic and research purposes. The remaining 25% of the time is spent in clinical research training where the Fellow will familiarize him/herself with current techniques that can be applied in the research and clinical setting. Completion of the program qualifies the candidate for the cytopathology special qualification board exam.

Additional Information
NCI Cytopathology Fellowship

Application Information
NIH Graduate Medical Application
A single fellowship position, which is a one year combined clinical service and research appointment, is available. Candidates must be physicians licensed to practice medicine in the US and board certified/eligible in anatomic pathology or anatomic pathology/clinical pathology. Our program is recognized by the American Board of Pathology as satisfying training requirements necessary to qualify for the examination for added qualification in cytopathology.

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This page last updated on 05/21/2021

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