Selective (Surgical) Pathology Fellowship

The ACGME-accredited one-year Surgical Pathology Fellowships at Washington University are highly immersive, with a large volume of specimens ranging from the most complex to the most common to many of the rarest. Fellows learn by seeing and doing and by handling, diagnosing, and pre-dictating most of their cases.

The fellowship (5 positions) is divided into six core rotations as described below. These include a variable period of elective time for each fellow, depending on the available coverage and depending on the interests of fellows for the given year. The fellowship provides training in all the major areas of surgical pathology, preparing graduates for academic, private practice, or industrial careers

Major strengths of the Washington University Surgical Pathology Fellowship include a diverse and abundant case mix, the availability of nationally regarded faculty mentors, graduated responsibility for clinical cases (particularly in the area of frozen section diagnosis), and opportunities for clinical research.

History

The fellowship was approved by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in July 1, 2002. The first fellow began on July 1, 1990. To date 123 fellows have graduated from the program with 5 more expected to graduate in June 2016.

Curriculum

Rotations Include:

Frozen section

The frozen section fellow supervises a team composed of a 2nd year pathology resident and the gross room fellow. Together, the team provides gross intraoperative consultations and performs all frozen sections requested at the South Campus of Barnes-Jewish Hospital (approximately 30/day). Primary diagnostic responsibility rests with an assigned faculty member during the day. In the evenings and at night, fellows render diagnoses independently, with faculty backup as needed.

Consults

The consult fellow reviews outside surgical pathology material for patients referred to Barnes-Jewish Hospital (“inside / outside” cases) as well as directed consults (“outside” cases) sent to specific faculty members. The mixture of inside/outside cases includes GU, GI, head and neck, bone and soft tissue, cardiovascular, and pulmonary pathology. Directed consults are focused in the areas of soft tissue and pediatric pathology.

Breast

The breast fellow manages the subspecialized breast pathology service, supervising a first-year resident. He/she reviews slides on half of in-house cases and on consults, communicates preliminary diagnoses to clinical staff, and takes phone calls relating to these cases. He/she grosses in a subset of large cases. In addition, the breast pathology team performs more complex intraoperative evaluations on cases from the Barnes-Jewish North Campus operating rooms.

Obstetric/Gynecologic

The OB/GYN fellow manages the subspecialized pathology service in this area, supervising a second-year resident. The fellow reviews half of the current surgical cases on this service, as well as all inside/outside consults, signing them out with an assigned staff pathologist. The fellow also grosses approximately one half of cancer cases and a subset of noncancer cases, participates in a daily consensus conference, and presents at the weekly gynecologic oncology tumor board. Medical students often rotate on this service and are supervised by either the fellow or resident.

Liver/GI

Although there is a separate liver/GI pathology fellowship, general surgical pathology fellows rotate on this service for 3-4 weeks. During this time they work closely with the rotating 2nd year resident on service, reviewing a proportion of the daily in-house liver and GI surgical specimens, reviewing inside/outside hepatobiliary and pancreatic consult cases with the assigned attending, and performing the gross examination of approximately 1/2 of pancreatic and hepatic resections. They also review outside (directed) liver consults and present at two interdepartmental conferences relating to liver/GI pathology.

Head and neck

Although there is a separate head and neck fellowship, general surgical pathology fellows rotate on this service for 3-4 weeks. During this rotation, the fellow signs out all relevant consult cases, participates in preparation, reading, and communication of multipart head and neck frozen sections, prosects and signs out every 3rd in-house tumor resection specimen, and sits for sign out with the head and neck rotating resident as time permits. They help advise the rotating resident on grossing and case handling, and present at interdepartmental head and neck and endocrine tumor boards.

Elective

Each fellow has approximately 4 weeks of elective time in which to pursue subspecialty interests within surgical pathology, special study in areas outside of “general” surgical pathology (e.g., neuropathology, dermatopathology, hematopathology, cytopathology), basic, translational, or clinical research, and quality assurance projects.

Facilities

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 Surgical 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

Application

There are five general surgical pathology fellowships available for 2019-2020.

The application period for 2019 -2020 begins on July 1, 2017 (2 years prior to the start date for the fellowship) with a deadline of October 13, 2017. At that time, all applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Applications beyond the deadline, although discouraged, will still be considered until all positions are filled.

The following information should be sent by email as pdf documents to Sue Pagano, Fellowship Coordinator at spagano@path.wustl.edu.

  1. Completed Fellowship Application
  2. Personal statement
  3. CV
  4. Copy of official USMLE transcripts
  5. ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  6. Three recommendation letters

Faculty and trainees

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Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-362-4086

Emaildcarpenter@path.wustl.edu

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Associate Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Director, Selective (Head & Neck) Pathology Fellowship

Phone314-362-0101

Emailrchernock@path.wustl.edu

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Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Laboratory Director, AMP Core Labs
Course Leader Second Year Pathology Course

Phone314-454-8462

Emailcrouch@wustl.edu

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Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Section Head, Head and Neck Pathology

Phone314-362-2681

Fax314-747-4392

Emailelmofty@wustl.edu

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Instructor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-273-1338

Fax314-362-8950

Emailbgoyal@path.wustl.edu

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Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-747-8924

Fax314-747-4392

Emailihagemann@path.wustl.edu

Faculty Past Fellow
Hannah Krigman, MD

Associate Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Director, Residency Program
Coursemaster, OB/GYN Pathology Subinternship

Phone314-747-7842

Fax314-747-4392

Emailhkrigman@path.wustl.edu

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Ta-Chiang Liu, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-747-0343

Emailtliu@path.wustl.edu

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Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-362-8783

Fax314-747-4392

Emailhmaluf@path.wustl.edu

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Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-747-4726

Fax314-362-8950

Emailinalbantoglu@path.wustl.edu

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Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Pathology & Immunology
Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

Phone314-747-0276

Emailpfeifer@path.wustl.edu

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Ladenson Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Section Head, Surgical Pathology
Director, Selective (Surgical) Pathology Fellowship

Phone314-362-0112

Fax314-747-2662

Emailritter@path.wustl.edu

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Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-362-7704

Emailmruzinova@path.wustl.edu

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Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-747-5648

Fax314-747-2663

Emailssanati@path.wustl.edu

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Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-362-0101

Emailjsehn@path.wustl.edu

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Frances White, MD

Associate Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-362-0101

Fax314-362-8950

Emailfwhite@wustl.edu

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Emaildcarpenter@path.wustl.edu

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Emailgautj@path.wustl.edu

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Emailihagemann@path.wustl.edu

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Associate Professor, Medicine

Phone314-454-8472

Fax314-454-5047

Emailnovack@wustl.edu

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Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Phone314-747-5648

Fax314-747-2663

Emailssanati@path.wustl.edu

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Emailkvij@wustl.edu

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For further information please contact Sue Pagano.
Phone: (314) 747-0687
spagano@path.wustl.edu