The Department of Hematopathology offers a one-year training program in Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP). One to two fellows are selected each year.
The program is designed to train academically oriented physicians from either pathology or medical genetic residencies in the laboratory and clinical skills required for the practice of molecular diagnostics. The fellowship is an ACGME accredited program, designed to allow eligibility for the special competency examination in molecular genetic pathology administered by the American Board of Pathology.
This program will be centered in the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at MD Anderson, with joint participation by the Medical Genetics Division of the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Pathology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
UT-Houston will provide rotations and training in disease categories and work-up of patients not frequently seen at MD Anderson, particularly genetic disorders and infectious disease testing. There also will be a one-month rotation in cytogenetics at MD Anderson.
During this year, MGP fellows also will perform test development and translational research and prepare a manuscript acceptable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal under the supervision of a faculty member. The fellows will attend a regular series of didactic lectures and seminars. Departmental conferences include didactic lectures and troubleshooting/test development conferences. Fellows also will give several lectures to the laboratory technicians and medical technology students. Flexibility is allowed to encourage the development of special interests and expertise.
How to Apply
Applicants should be diplomats of the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology, anatomic pathology only or clinical pathology only, or diplomats of the American Board of Medical Genetics in medical genetics, or have met the requirements to take the examination of either board.
Fourth-year residents also may apply and use part of the fellowship to satisfy ABP requirements. Candidates with research backgrounds and/or some prior hands-on experience in laboratory diagnostics are preferred.
Please check complete GME Eligibility Requirements prior to applying.
Required application materials:
- Complete all sections of the DISCOVER application online
- Current curriculum vitae
- A personal statement
- Three letters of reference
- Contact information: telephone or pager number and email address
- Statement of visa status, if applicable
To be considered for an interview, an application should be completed from September 1 through December 1 of the year prior to the intended fellowship, which begins July 1.
Rajyalakshmi Luthra, Ph.D.
Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
6565 MD Anderson Blvd., Unit 149
Houston, TX 77054
For inquiries, please contact:
Verification of training
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MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.