About the Program
MD Anderson offers a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship in Dermatopathology with the possibility of extending it for an additional year, focusing more on research and hands-on dermatopathology experience.
There are two funded positions each year and Pathology-trained and Dermatology-trained applicants are equally considered.
The Dermatopathology fellowship offers exposure to a large load of cases, ranging from biopsies to large surgical excisions, lymphadenectomies, as well as numerous outside referral and consultation cases submitted to our institution for a second opinion.
A significant number of our cases represent diagnostic challenges, primarily in the oncologic area (primary cutaneous carcinomas, melanoma, soft tissue tumors, lymphomas and systemic diseases/ metastases involving the skin), as well as other cancer- and therapy-related processes, such as graft-versus-host disease and cutaneous adverse effects related to targeted therapies. A very important and challenging aspect of our practice is represented by melanocytic lesions that are submitted to be reviewed in our department prior to the patient’s clinic appointment. However, we also offer a well-balanced load of inflammatory and non-neoplastic skin disorders by rotating at Baylor College of Medicine Dermatology Clinics and UT Health Science Center at Houston, as well as by offering rotations in a community/ private practice-based setting.
Fellows participate in daily sign outs, consensus and teaching conferences, as well as Grand Rounds, quality assurance/ improvement conferences and, depending on their primary specialty, additional training in dermatology or anatomic pathology (such as rotations in soft tissue, head & neck pathology, etc.) as per ACGME requirements. Experience in frozen section assessment of skin specimens, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, molecular pathology, interpretation of Mohs specimens, and laboratory management is provided. Research projects and presentations at local, national and international meetings are encouraged and at least one completed manuscript is required for graduation.
The fellowship is available to individuals who have completed training in pathology or dermatology in an ACGME-accredited residency program. Board-eligibility in either AP, AP/CP or Dermatology is required by the beginning of the fellowship.
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.
June 29, two years prior to the start of the training year.
Commensurate with the candidate’s level of training.
Doina Ivan, M.D.
Program Director, Dermatopathology Fellowship
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Pathology, Unit 085
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
For inquiries, please contact:
Kareen Chin, MBA
Director, Division Education Administration
Division of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
For inquiries on elective rotations, please email:
For inquiries on observerships, please email:
Verification of training
Requests for verification should be sent to:
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.