Education: Educator Profile
Annual Report - 2005-2006
A Thirst for Knowledge
By Mary Jane Schier
As a child growing up in China, Pei Lin, M.D., was encouraged by her father to consider a medical career so she could “help people and be as valuable as possible.”
Heeding his advice, she earned a medical degree at age 21 from Nanjing Medical University, where she was an instructor for four years before moving to the United States. She next received a master’s degree in American history and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, worked as a registered nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit and coordinated an AIDS clinical trial group. She then completed a medical residency in pathology at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.
“I was fascinated with pathology in medical school,” explains Lin, who came to M. D. Anderson in 1999 for a fellowship in hematopathology.
After two years at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Lin joined the M. D. Anderson faculty in 2002 and was promoted to associate professor of hematopathology in 2006. Until recently, she directed the Hematopathology Fellowship Training Program.
“M. D. Anderson provides the largest pathology services anywhere, so the volume of work for the fellows is amazing. We offer them a nurturing environment and opportunities to collaborate with clinical specialists performing many bone marrow and stem cell transplants,” Lin says.
Last year, the six fellows Lin supervised in the Bone Marrow Laboratory contributed to 15,087 comprehensive bone marrow studies, almost 12 ,000 bone marrow biopsy evaluations, 14,076 bone marrow aspiration and clot evaluations, 2,948 immunohistochemistry tests and other procedures.
Lin, who was chosen M. D. Anderson’s Educator of the Month for February 2006, serves on the Surgical Pathology Fellowship Training Program Advisory Committee and the Graduate Education Committee. She has contributed to 45 peer-reviewed journal articles and four book chapters.
“I’m thrilled and grateful to be part of M. D. Anderson,” says Lin, now assistant director of the Flow Cytometry Laboratory in the Department of Hematopathology.