About the Program
The Selective Surgical Pathology Fellowship is a one-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited program in pathology with the emphasis on neoplastic diseases. The material comprises approximately 80,000 surgical specimens (including 35,000 departmental consults) and around 55 autopsies per year. The direct handling of a large volume of interesting and complicated cases by the fellows under the supervision of 70 well known attending anatomic pathologists provides an unique opportunity for an in-depth experience and the development of proficiency and accuracy in the diagnosis of neoplastic diseases. Daily didactic lectures are conducted by experienced attendings to emphasis diagnostic difficulties. Weekly unknow conference are conducted by fellows to facilitate discussion and self-learning process. Moreover, training in the nation’s No. 1 cancer center, the fellows have opportunities to learn the most up-to-date knowledge in personalized management and testing of patients with a large variety of neoplastic diseases in all subspecialized areas, including breast, cytopathology, dermatopathology, bone and soft tissue, head and neck, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecological, molecular neuropathology and thoracic pathology. In addition to rotations in all subspecialties of surgical pathology, the program also offers busy intraoperative consultations (frozen sections) service with more than 55 surgeries a day. Rotations are also available in the following areas (but not limited to) immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostic and research laboratories.
All fellows are required to conduct an investigative study including using various molecular techniques under the supervision of attending pathologists with a yearly departmental research funding available for coming fellows. Most of the prior/current fellows’ research were accepted for national and international meetings including USCAP. An elective period is also provided to facilitate additional rotation in area(s) of interest or to other departments such as department of hematopathology. Participation in monthly departmental QI meeting and multidisciplinary tumor boards within each subspecialty are emphasized. Because of the specialized and demanding nature of the material encountered, the program is best suited for the individual who has already obtained a good background in general anatomic pathology.
To be considered for an interview, an application must be started before March 1 of the year prior to the intended fellowship, which begins July 1.
Candidates for the Selective Surgical Pathology Fellowship must be board certified or eligible for certification in anatomic pathology or AP/CP.
Please check complete GME Eligibility Requirements prior to applying.
A completed application must be received by July 15 (24 months prior to the start of the training year). After this deadline, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
Commensurate with the candidate's level of training
Phyu P. Aung, M.D., Ph.D.
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Pathology Fellowship, Box 085
Houston, TX 77030-4095
For inquiries, please contact:
Kareen E. Chin, MBA
For inquiries of elective rotations, please email:
For inquiries of observerships, please email:
Verification of training
Requests for verification should be sent to:
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