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. There are six full-time, ACGME accredited fellowship positions available.
The fellow participates in a number of teaching cytology conferences and 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.
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.
Around 31,000 cases are processed every year, with 75% consisting of non-gynecologic specimens, which includes 11,500 needle aspirations. Biomarker testing, such as immunostaining, FISH, and molecular testing, is conducted on selected specimens (EBUS, FNAs, fluids, etc.).
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.
Please check complete GME Eligibility Requirements prior to applying.
How to Apply
- A statement of intent
- Current curriculum vitae (with home address, mobile phone, e-mail and visa status). All undergrad and postgraduate training must include start and end dates (mm/dd/yyyy) and PGY level, where applicable.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Letter of good standing from residency/fellowship program
- ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
- ALL steps of the USMLE must be passed at the first 3 attempts.
- All application documents should be sent as attachments in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.
To be considered for an interview, your file must be complete before June 29 (24 months prior to the start of the training year).
Commensurate with the candidate's level of training.
Qiong Gan, M.D.
Program Director, Cytopathology Fellowship
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 53
Houston, TX 77030
For inquiries, please contact:
Kareen E. Chin, MBA
Director, Division Education Administration
Division of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
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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