Pathology Student Fellowship

The Pathology Student Fellowship is a 1-year program open only to OHSU medical students. Student fellows rotate through the autopsy and surgical pathology services at OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center. Pathology student fellows are fully integrated into the clinical service in the Pathology Department, working alongside residents, and working closely with faculty, often in a one-on-one setting. On the autopsy service, the student fellow is responsible for prosection and generation of a complete autopsy report, including clinicopathologic correlation. Interesting autopsy cases are presented at a weekly autopsy conference. On the surgical pathology service, fellows engage in intraoperative consultations, gross examination of surgical pathology specimens, and preview and review cases with faculty. Student fellows manage their cases independently with faculty guidance. Protected time to attend pathology didactics and Departmental Grand Rounds is ensured. Opportunities to participate in research, elective rotations, and medical student teaching are available.

An informational meeting is held during the summer where you will be able to meet current and former student fellows. After the informational meeting, interested students will arrange to spend time observing in the Department of Pathology followed by a brief interview session. In general, four student fellows are selected from each second year class: two students to start the fellowship after completion of Foundations of Medicine (around the time of Transition to Clerkships), and two students to start after completion of the first year of clinical experiences.


Do I get paid?

Yes. There is modest stipend during the student fellowship year as well as a $600 educational allowance.

What about my loans?

Student loan deferment is available through coordination with the Dean's Office in the School of Medicine.

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, and Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. On occasion, student fellows have designed their own electives, including Pathology experiences off-hill, electives in other Departments, and research electives. Electives in the School of Medicine catalog require payment of tuition to be eligible for credit toward graduation.

Are there research opportunities?

Yes. Student fellows have been involved in a variety of research projects, mostly in the Department of Pathology. Opportunities to write up interesting autopsy or surgical pathology cases may arise.

What are the hours like?

The workload and schedule varies by rotation. Surgical Pathology at OHSU is the busiest rotation and generally has the longest hours. A typical day may start at 7 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. Rotations on the Autopsy service and at the VA typically have shorter hours. Student fellows do not have call responsibilities.

What are the employment benefits?

Student fellows receive three weeks of vacation (15 business days) and are eligible for 15 days of paid sick leave. All student fellows receive a laptop to use during the fellowship. The department pays the student fees, including those for health insurance, during the fellowship. A $600 educational allowance is provided for eligible educational expenses. Additional financial support for travel expenses may be provided by the department for student fellows who present research at national conferences.

When does student fellowship start and end?

The student fellowship is coincident with Transition to Clerkships, and ends before Transition to Clerkships the following academic year .

Who should consider the Pathology student fellowship?

Because the individual gains extensive experience in recognizing and understanding disease processes in all systems and the role of diagnostic pathology in clinical medicine, the program is valuable for those entering all specialties.

Whom do I contact for more information or questions?

Donald Houghton (, 503-494-6127)

Mike Cascio (, 503-494-6782)

For logistical or paperwork questions, contact Alexis Jaggers, Administrative Manager, 503 494-2313, .