Fellowship in Cytopathology

Program Overview

The Cytopathology Fellowship centers around patient care responsibilities leading to excellence in the field of cytopathology.  In addition to service responsibilities, cytopathology fellows assist in the overall training of residents in cytopathology, particularly during microscopic sign-out sessions and in the performance and interpretation of fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) specimens.


During the one year fellowship, the individual microscopically evaluates abnormal Pap tests, body cavity fluid specimens, and FNAB specimens prior to their sign-out by the attending cytopathologist.  Fellows are initially trained in the performance of FNAB, and after competence is attained, perform the technique independently.  As diagnostic skills are mastered, fellows are allowed to give preliminary FNAB results to clinicians prior to their showing the cases to faculty. The fellow spends 25% of his/her time on the surgical pathology consult service to hone his/her surgical pathology skills as we believe excellence in surgical pathology facilitates mastery of cytopathology.  The practical learning is enhanced with didactic lectures (given by faculty and fellows), journal clubs, unknown cases, online teaching modules, and hands-on experience in the HPV and cytology preparatory laboratories.  Numerous opportunities in departmental research activities are available; involvement in research activities is encouraged but is not mandatory.  The goal is for the fellows to finish the year with a strong grasp of diagnostics, laboratory management, and federal regulations involved in managing an academic or community hospital based cytopathology laboratory.


Fellowship Requirements

Applicants must have an MD degree (or foreign equivalent with ECFMG certification) and be board eligible or certified in anatomic or anatomic and clinical pathology.

Number of positions:   2

Open Positions: 2016:  0

2017:  2


Interested candidates should submit the Fellowship Application, current CV, 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement, medical school transcript and a copy of the USMLE transcript. The application and all supporting materials should be sent by January 1st of the year prior to which one is applying and addressed to:


Javanov Barksdale

UVA Department of Pathology

Box 800214

Charlottesville, VA 22908