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About the Fellowship

Philosophy

The philosophy of the program is to provide fellows with requisite training in diagnostic pathology to become excellent diagnostic hematopathologists and valued consultants in an academic tertiary-care medical center. Fellows develop teaching, academic, and administrative skills requisite to assume a position as Medical Director of the hematology/coagulation laboratory in an academic tertiary hospital.

The program provides graded educational responsibilities in clinical hematology/oncology, pathology and laboratory medicine. Training is focused on skills requisite for specimen collection, processing and interpretation with background information regarding disease pathogenesis, clinical correlation and prognostic significance. Interpretation of coagulation profiles, hemoglobin electropheresis, and ancillary techniques like flow cytometry, cytogenetics/FISH, and molecular genetics are used in assessment of hematologic disease.

The Fellow Will:

  • Preview and prepare cases utilizing recommended readings and literature search prior to sign-out; review teaching sets and add current cases to the collection
  • Develop teaching skills by conducting conferences and lectures for pathology residents, clinical hematology fellows and clinicians, and laboratory technologists. The fellow will participate in laboratory sessions for second-year medical students in the pathophysiology course.
  • Develop academic skills by completing at least one clinicopathologic study
  • Develop administrative skills through didactic instruction and participation in the day-to-day managerial and quality assurance aspects of managing a general hematology laboratory

Graded Responsibilities

  • Level I: The fellow will be expected to have basic skills in grossing surgical specimens, information science, and knowledge of common hematological disorders. The fellow will preview cases and read basic literature pertaining to them in preparation for sign-out with the staff hematopathologist. Teaching on the use of ancillary techniques and writing preliminary reports will be incorporated in the sign-out sessions with the attending.
  • Level II (Competent): During the second half of training the fellow will be expected to perform on the level of "junior" faculty. The fellow will preview cases, review the literature, utilize appropriate ancillary techniques, write the report, and hand the cases to the attending as final and ready for sign-out. This will assist the fellow in ascertaining his/her level of confidence in signing out cases. The fellow will be expected to independently communicate with clinicians regarding clinical concerns and diagnosis.
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