Graduate Medical Education (GME): Cytopathology

Fellowship Program Director: Armando Filie, M.D.

The Cytopathology Section of the Laboratory of Pathology, 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 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 pathologists to current research techniques that can be applied to clinical/translational research in cytopathology.

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. 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, and the Molecular Pathology Diagnostic Unit at the Laboratory of Pathology where the Fellow gains experience on current molecular pathology techniques applied to pathology samples. Our laboratory also has an active immunohistochemistry service utilized for diagnostic and research purposes. The remaining 25% of the time is spent in research training in cytopathology where the Fellow will familiarize him/herself with current ancillary techniques that can be applied in the clinical setting and to clinical/translational research. 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 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. Our program also participates in the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) unified timeline for fellowship recruitment.

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This page last updated on 11/21/2022

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