Hematopathology Fellowship

The OHSU Department of Pathology offers an ACGME-accredited one-year fellowship program in hematopathology. The fellowship provides comprehensive training in morphologic, immunologic and molecular genetic areas of hematopathology, and allows up to 25% of the fellow’s time for research and/or elective activities. Training is also provided in the routine and specialty hematopathology laboratories. The program is designed to provide individuals with a broad experience in the diagnosis of benign and malignant hematologic diseases, and exposure to ancillary diagnostic techniques.

The Hematopathology Section of the OHSU Department of Pathology is staffed by six hematopathologists. The fellows gain experience in the full-service flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, molecular diagnosis, Hemostasis and Thrombosis Laboratories.

All hematologic malignancies are referred to hematopathology staff for sign-out by the other anatomic pathology sections. Under hematopathology staff supervision, fellows have direct responsibility for processing, evaluating and reporting of in-house cases, as well as consultation cases. During calendar year 2010, approximately 2500 bone marrow examinations were performed on patients with various hematologic abnormalities, and approximately 800 lymph node biopsies were examined. Over 800 consultation cases were reviewed by the hematopathology staff, including a wide variety of tissue sites and diseases. Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing Hematopathology Section clinical research activities.

The clinical and teaching responsibilities of fellows include regularly scheduled instructional conferences for pathology residents and informal and formal consultation with residents and faculty within and outside of the Pathology department. Fellows will have ample opportunities to learn and practice hematopathology and laboratory hematology within a clinical context. The fellow will have increasing levels of responsibility commensurate with his/her level of performance and will participate in the service, teaching and research activities of the Hematopathology section.

The OHSU Department of Pathology contains a wealth of material for research and training in the area of hematopathology, including an extensive cell bank of hematologic malignancies collected over a 20-year period. A Hematopathology database is maintained, which includes a summary of specimen types, diagnoses, immunophenotypes and relevant molecular/cytogenetic data; this computerized file is available to hematopathology trainees for educational and research purposes.

Eligibility

Applicants must have completed 3 years of AP or CP training or 4 years of AP/CP training in an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited program and have passed the USMLE Step 3 exam. Applicants must be legally able to work in the U.S., or eligible to obtain work authorization, and are expected to take and pass the ABP hematology examination upon graduation.