Cytopathology Fellowship

About the Program

The objective of this one-year fellowship is to provide a concentrated experience in diagnostic cytopathology including the interpretation of both aspiration and exfoliative cytologies and the performance of superficial needle aspirations. Immediate assessment of specimen adequacy is made for all aspirations (superficial and deep CT, ultrasound and endoscopic ultrasound). Interaction with surgical pathology and the submission/ interpretation of ancillary tests, such as flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, molecular pathology and image analysis are part of the evaluation of many cytology specimens.

Approximately 31,000 cases are processed annually with 75% representing non-gynecologic specimens, including 11,500 needle aspirations. Selected specimens (primarily urine) are evaluated for DNA content (image analysis) or chromosomal abnormalities (FISH) within the cytology laboratory.

The fellow participates in a number of teaching cytology conferences can attend a variety of surgical pathology conferences, and must ready a research project for publication under staff supervision. Supplementation of the gynecologic cytology portion of the program is achieved through a two-week rotation with the Methodist Hospital and a mandatory 400-slide gynecologic cytology study set review.

There are six funded full-time, ACGME accredited, fellowship positions available.

To be considered for an interview, your file must be complete before December 1st (19 months prior to the start of the training year), which begins July 1st.


Candidates must complete a four-year AP/CP or three-year AP residency and must hold or be eligible to hold a Texas medical license.


Commensurate with the candidate's level of training

Application Deadline

Application deadline is December 1st (19 months prior to the state of the training year)

For More Information

Nancy P. Caraway, M.D.
Program Director, Cytopathology Fellowship Program
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 53
Houston, Texas 77030

Program Coordinator

Yvette Banuelos
Phone: 713-792-2068
Fax: 713-792-2313