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Surgical Pathology Fellowship

Do I get paid?
Yes, there is modest stipend during the student fellowship year, and a book allowance.

What about my loans?
Loans are deferred; however, there may be some paperwork involved.

What electives can I do?
Any of the standard Pathology Department Electives or Resident Rotations are available as electives. These include Neuropathology, Cytology, Renal Pathology, Hematopathology, Cytogenetics, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine, research, etc. However, student fellows have designed their own electives, including Pathology experiences off-hill, electives in other Departments, etc.

Are there research opportunities?
Yes. Recently, student fellows have been involved in a variety of research, mostly related to ongoing projects in the Department, or faculty interests. Opportunities may also arise to write up particularly interesting autopsy or surgical pathology cases.

What are the hours like?
This varies by rotation. Surgical Pathology at OHSU has the longest hours. Frozen sections start at 7:30 AM (every third day). Quittin’ time depends on the workload. VA and Autopsy have shorter hours.

How much vacation is there?
There are 3 vacation weeks (15 weekdays).

When does student fellowship start and end?
The student fellowship generally starts mid to late June. You start ahead of the new residents and generally have a separate orientation. The fellowship ends in time for the Transition to Clerkship week for post-2nd years and for the first 4th year rotation for post-3rd years.

Who should consider the Pathology student fellowship?
Because the individual gains extensive experience in recognizing and understanding disease processes in all systems, the program is valuable to future training in basically all areas of clinical medicine.

Whom do I contact for more information or questions?
Megan Troxell (, 503-418-1770, pager 14908)
For logistical or paperwork questions, our Training Programs Coordinator,
Christine Bartley (, 503-494-4110) may also help.

Quotes from former OHSU Pathology student fellows:
"I was treated with a great deal of respect, and felt that my work and my opinion mattered. The fellowship gave me the vanishingly rare opportunity to step outside the hierarchy of medicine, where medical students are often "scutted out" for busy work, and to enter an environment where I was given an enormous amount of responsibility and trust."

"I initially saw the path year as an opportunity to learn from teachers I found to be some of the most dynamic, thorough, and scientifically curious lecturers in the MS1 & MS2 curriculum. The year itself was a phenomenal, hands-on, feet-wet experience with all the rewarding responsibility, case-based learning, self-questioning, and eventual confidence-building that one would expect from the first year of residency. I developed a deeper and more nuanced understanding of infectious & inflammatory conditions, oncologic staging & clinically significant molecular aberrations, and the clinical impact of sensitivities and specificities of some lab tests."