The Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine and St Louis Children’s Hospital offers a one-year fellowship in pediatric pathology. The fellowship is accredited by the ACGME, and is designed to meet the needs of individuals interested in a career in either academic pathology or private practice.
Plans for a pediatric pathology fellowship program at Washington University were initiated in the early 1990s by Dr. Louis P. Dehner, Head of the Division of Surgical Pathology at that time. The fellowship was designed for a one-year length of training, with a position for one fellow each year. The educational goals, which have been maintained throughout the history of the fellowship, have been to provide subspecialty training for a career in pediatric pathology that enables the trainee to practice in the setting of a children’s hospital, university or large multi-specialty practice.
The pediatric pathology fellowship was given provisional accreditation effective July 1, 1995, with Dr. Dehner as Program Director. At that time, Dr. Emile Unanue was chairman of the department. The program obtained full accreditation in November 1998. In 2006, Dr. Skip Virgin became chairman of the department, and in October 2008, Dr. Frances White took over as Program Director.
Our first pediatric pathology fellow entered the program in July 1995. Since then, the program has had 15 fellows, including 6 residents from our own residency training program and 9 residents from residency programs throughout the United States. Former trainees have found positions in private practice, children’s hospitals and universities, and many have made significant contributions to the study and understanding of pediatric disease.
The training program consists of 12 months of supervised experience in diagnostic pediatric pathology, including surgical and autopsy pathology, with sign-out responsibilities. Experience in laboratory medicine, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics, FISH, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, and other special techniques is part of the program. Participation in research projects is emphasized. The program uses the facilities of St Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center, a large, referral, quaternary case hospital system. There are approximately 3,500 pediatric surgical and 140 perinatal/pediatric autopsy cases per year, including fetopsies. An individual fellow’s background or interest can be accommodated by elective rotations.
In addition, outside pediatric surgical consultations are reviewed by the fellow.
Training for the fellowship occurs in the state of the art facilities of Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Pathology section is located in the 680,000 square-foot BJC Institute of Health (BJCIH) at Washington University School of Medicine which is an 11-story research building housing laboratories and support facilities and is Washington University’s largest building
Applicants must have an MD degree (or foreign equivalent with ECFMG certification) and 3 to 4 years training in anatomic or anatomic and clinical pathology in an ACGME accredited program.
Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are currently being accepted, apply here.
For general questions, please contact, Kim Green, 314-747-8159.