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Dermatopathology Fellowship

About the Program

The two-year Dermatopathology Fellowship Program is accredited by the ACGME for two FTE positions.

Our specimens range from punch and shave biopsies to large surgical excisions and lymphadenectomies. There are approximately 8,000 accessions (12,000 specimens) a year. A significant number of our cases represent diagnostic challenges, primarily in the oncologic area (carcinoma, melanoma, soft tissue tumors and lymphoma involving the skin), as well as cancer and therapy-related processes, such as graft versus host disease. A very important and challenging part of the volume corresponds to cases, predominantly melanocytic lesions, coming from other institutions to be reviewed in our department prior to the patient’s clinic appointment.

The fellow will be responsible for studying inside and referred dermatopathology cases for 12 months. The fellow will also be responsible for reviewing and formulating a diagnosis prior to signout with the staff dermatopathologist. Since both dermatologists and pathologists can apply for this fellowship, the task description will be slightly different:

Dermatology Fellow

The fellow will be responsible for the gross description of a representative number of cases during the first two months of training. During the first month, the fellow will rotate through the pathology laboratory to understand the processing of tissue, including gross block selection, fixation, embedding, sectioning and staining. In addition to routine processing, the fellow will learn the specialized processing of immunohistochemistry specimens. The fellow will attend one autopsy, assisting the surgical pathology fellow. The dermatopathology fellow will write a report of the autopsy including gross and microscopic features, diagnoses and comments. During the rest of the fellowship, the fellow will attend the daily surgical pathology educational conferences.

Pathology Fellow

The fellow will rotate in the morning through the Department of Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine and participate in the morning dermatology clinical conferences. Two days a month, the fellow will rotate through the mycosis fungoides clinic at MD Anderson.

Year 2: Research

The fellow will undertake additional research projects during the second year of the fellowship. The fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in laboratories within Dermatology and Pathology or any other laboratories within the participating institutions that can accommodate the trainees' research interest. Additionally, clinical and clinicopathologic projects are constantly developed by faculty members in Dermatology or Pathology; the dermatopathology trainee will also be able to join or initiate a project in this setting. If successful, this project will be submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Dermatopathology or United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.


Candidates must be board certified or eligible for certification in anatomic pathology, AP/CP or dermatology.

Application Deadline

August 31 (23 months prior to the start of the training year)


Commensurate with the candidate’s level of training.

For More Information

Doina Ivan, M.D.
Program Director, Dematopathology Fellowship Program
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Pathology, Unit 085
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030

For inquiries, please contact the Program Manager:

Kareen Chin
Phone: 713-792-3108
Fax: 713-745-0789

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