Fellowship Opportunities

The general goal of our fellowship programs is to instill expertise in different areas of anatomic and clinical pathology, ensuring trainees that will become leaders in their field and who will excel either in community practice or in academic pathology. Fellowships provide the credits for subspecialty board certification examinations, where applicable.  

Not available in 2018-19: Cytogenetics.

Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine Fellowship

Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine Fellowship

This program involves the University of Minnesota Medical School, University of Minnesota Medical Center and Masonic Children’s Hospital, the Memorial Blood Centers, the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services, and the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System. This fellowship integrates the best aspects of these transfusion services, laboratories, and blood centers into an exceptionally balanced, yet diversified transfusion medicine experience.

While rotations vary with individual trainee interests, the standard program includes: 6 months at UMMC, 1 month at the UMMC Cell Therapy (CT) Laboratory and cGMP facility, Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics, 1 month in the Special Coagulation Laboratory at UMMC, 1 month at Memorial Blood Center/American Red Cross, and 1 month at the VA Medical Center. Two months are considered elective time and may be tailored to the interests of the trainee.  Possible electives include HLA/Immunology Laboratory, pediatric transfusion medicine, research, and advanced training in cell therapy or coagulation.  The fellows spend the majority of their time at their assigned institutions and participate weekly in conferences involving the entire transfusion medicine faculty. The fellowship is optimally designed to prepare physicians for a career in academic transfusion medicine; however, training could also lead to opportunities in community-based hospital transfusion services, blood centers and biotech.

Substantial clinical involvement and extensive experience with laboratory problem solving and clinical consultation is provided. As the fellow gains experience, more clinical duties and special projects are assigned. A second year of predominantly research is available for exceptional trainees.

Teaching Faculty

Program Director

David McKenna, Jr., MD

University of Minnesota Medical Center

Memorial Blood Centers

  • Jed Gorlin, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Medical Director.
  • Elizabeth Perry, MD, Associate Medical Director
  • Nancy Van Buren, MD

 American Red Cross and Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center

  • David C. Mair, MD, Medical Director and Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Gary Bachowski, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Shanna Morgan, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Teaching Facilities

University of Minnesota Medical Center is a world leader in solid organ and hematologic progenitor cell transplantation and the treatment of hematological malignancies. The hospital has a broad range of active clinical services that extensively interact with the transfusion service, including cardiovascular surgery, obstetrics, neonatology, gynecology, and others. The Apheresis Center provides a busy clinical service, performing hematopoietic progenitor cell collections, therapeutic apheresis, and photopheresis procedures.  The CT Laboratory and the Special Coagulation Laboratory are both housed in the Division of Transfusion Medicine.  The CT Laboratory is on the Saint Paul campus located within the state-of-the-art cGMP facility, Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics.

Memorial Blood Centers, a private, nonprofit agency, was established in 1948 to honor those who gave their lives in World War II, supplying 12 hospitals with blood by January 1950. Today, Memorial Blood Centers serves over 30 hospital partners throughout Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin with life-saving blood and provides technical expertise and services around the world as a leader in transfusion medicine.  MBC houses a well-established red cell serology reference laboratory as well as a high volume advanced infectious disease testing laboratory.  .

The American Red Cross supplies roughly 40% of the nation’s blood to meet the needs of approximately 2,600 hospital and transfusion centers across the country.  The American Red Cross North Central Blood Services of Saint Paul serves Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern South Dakota, providing lifesaving blood products to 108 hospitals. The blood center also houses the ARC national neutrophil serology reference laboratory, a platelet cross match and platelet serology laboratory, and a red cell serology laboratory.

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (VAHCS) is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. The hospital blood bank supports a range of clinical services, including general and cardiovascular surgery, cancer therapy, and hematology.

Curriculum

The goal of the fellowship in Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking is to provide comprehensive training in transfusion medicine, immunohematology, and blood banking. Following the fellowship, each fellow should be familiar with the basic principles of blood groups, compatibility testing, blood and blood component therapy, adverse effects of transfusion, blood donor recruitment and selection, blood collection, transmissible disease testing, apheresis including therapeutic apheresis, hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic cell processing, parentage testing, laboratory administration, and quality management. The fellow should have a working knowledge of the regulatory aspects involved in blood donor collection, transfusion medicine services, and cell therapy manufacturing. The fellow will obtain this comprehensive training by experience at four institutions. The material to be covered at each institution is shown in Table 1.

In general, blood donor recruitment, donor selection, blood collection (whole blood and apheresis), component production, transmissible disease testing, inventory management, and the organization and management of a community blood supply system will be provided at the ARC and MBCM. The patient oriented experiences are provided at the two hospital locations which complement each other. UMMC is an academic medical center with major programs in solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, oncology, cardiovascular surgery, obstetrics.  The UM Masonic Children’s Hospital provides complete care to the pediatric population in the region and includes programs in solid organ transplant, hematology/oncology, and blood and marrow transplant. The VAMC is a general acute care facility that provides the fellow experience in consulting and the daily operation of a general community hospital type facility.

At UMMC, the fellow has extensive clinical involvement with component (especially platelet) use, blood components for surgery (due to large organ transplant service), therapeutic apheresis and interaction with other clinical service residents and fellows such as hematology, marrow transplant, organ transplant, pediatrics and general surgery.

Although four institutions are involved, there is good coordination and integration of fellowship training. Faculty from all of the institutions attend a weekly breakfast meeting along with the fellows and other trainees assigned to the blood banks including residents, medical students, hematology/oncology fellows, etc.. Interesting or difficult cases from all of the institutions are discussed along with topics of interest in blood banking and transfusion medicine.

The objectives of the fellowship include:

  • An understanding of red cell antigens and antibodies, compatibility testing, component therapy, adverse effects of transfusion, patient blood management, blood donor evaluation and donation.
  • Demonstration of competency in routine hospital blood bank clinical and management decisions related to topics noted above.
  • Demonstration of knowledge of blood product regulatory requirements mandated by the federal and state governments or non-governmental certifying agencies.
  • An understanding of the concepts and principles of apheresis to allow for successful evaluation and management of patients with disorders treated by apheresis.
  • Demonstration of competency in the field of cell therapy, including an understanding of the lab-related methods employed for standard-of-care hematopoietic progenitor cell processing, knowledge of the standards and regulations of the field and the emerging novel therapies, including immune cell- and stem cell-based therapeutics. An understanding of coagulation, including the ability to interpret various diagnostic tests and appropriately guide selection of blood components and therapies for patients with bleeding and/or coagulopathy.

To successfully address these objectives, the fellow will be required to demonstrate achievement in the six general competency areas. Each major rotation is specifically designed with these competency areas in mind (see individual rotation goals and objectives).

  1. Medical knowledge (MK)
  2. Patient care (PC)
  3. Interpersonal and communication skills (CS)
  4. Professionalism (Prof)
  5. Systems-based practice (SBP)
  6. Practice-based learning and improvement (PBLI)

Rotation Objectives

University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC)

The fellows spend at least eight months of the training year working with faculty at UMMC:  Upon completion of the training at UMMC, the fellow is expected to be able to:

  • Work with consultant physicians to ensure that blood components are used appropriately balancing risk, benefit and availability (PC, MK, SBP, CS).
  • Evaluate transfusions and transfusion requests that are out of established guidelines (PC, MK).
  • Advise about difficult crossmatches, antibody problems and selection of compatible red cells (PC, MK).
  • Approve release of least-incompatible blood, when fully compatible red cells are unavailable and assures that clinician is aware of risk for a risk-benefit analysis (PC, MK, SBP, PBLI).
  • Approve use of granulocyte transfusion and ensures availability of high-dose (G-CSF) granulocytes when needed (PC, MK, SBP).
  • Work with clinical team to support patients refractory to platelet transfusions, (PC, MKCS, PBLI)
  • Understand major methods to manage blood shortages (ABO, Rh switches) (PC, MK).
  • Ensure appropriate recognition and management of transfusion adverse outcomes (PC, MK). 

Immunohematology:

  • Understand the ABO and other carbohydrate antigens (PC, MK)
  • Understand Rh and other protein antigens (PC, MK)
  • Understand patterns of inheritance of blood antigens (PC, MK)
  • Understand the clinical significance of blood antigens in transfusion or pregnancy (PC, MK)
  • Understand the major methods of resolution of typing problems (PC, MK)
  • Perform pre-transfusion testing (PC, MK).
  • Understand the types of red cell serological studies (MK, PC)
  • Understand platelet serology (MK, PC)
  • Understands platelet antibody testing including HLA- and HPA-antibody testing and antigen capture assays (MAIPA) (PC, MK).

Clinical Transfusion:

  • Understand the major aspects of administration of blood component therapy including storage, identification, pooling and issuing (PC, MK, SBP).
  • Understand the uses of various blood components including red blood cells, platelet concentrates, apheresis platelets, plasma, cryopoor plasma, cryoprecipitate, and granulocytes (PC, MK, SBP).
  • Conduct blood appropriateness review (PC, MK, SBP).
  • Understand the use of modified components including: washed, irradiated, leukocyte-reduced, frozen/thawed deglycerolized red cells, HLA-matched platelets, cross-matched platelets (PC, MK, SBP).
  • Recognize, treat, and prevent (when possible) the following transfusion reactions: febrile, allergic, acute hemolytic, delayed hemolytic, anaphylactic, septic, transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease, transfusion-related acute lung injury, and circulatory overload (PC, MK, PBLI)
  • Manage massive transfusion including the appropriate and timely ordering of laboratory tests for monitoring the patient (PC, MK)
  • Oversee orders for HLA- or XM compatible platelets for refractory patients.
  • Recognize the metabolic and hemostatic consequences of massive transfusion (PC, MK)
  • Understand safety check prior to transfusion (PC, SBP)
  • Watch two transfusions; audit safety check protocol (PC, SBP)

Apheresis:

  • Understand the basic concepts of various apheresis procedures and stem cell collection (PC, MK, SBP).
  • Understand the appropriate indications for therapeutic Apheresis and the appropriate replacement fluids to be used in various situations (PC, MK).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating and preparing patients for therapeutic apheresis, including discussion with the patient of the risks and benefits associated with apheresis procedures. (PC)
  • Communicate effectively with clinicians and house staff regarding emergent or scheduled therapeutic apheresis procedures through conversations and writing of consult notes. (PC, CS, SPB)
  • Evaluate the patient before, during and after apheresis (PC, MK).
  • Develop a treatment plan and write physician orders for apheresis procedures including appropriate selection of replacement solutions as applicable (PC, MK).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating and treating adverse reactions associated with therapeutic apheresis and peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cell collections (PC, MK).

Cell Therapy Laboratory:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of hematopoietic progenitor cell transplant from the perspectives of collection, processing, and storage/cryopreservation. (MK)
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts and importance of current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs), as they apply to cell therapies. (MK)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of emerging cell therapies. (MK)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in patient care and management as they apply to handling adverse reactions associated with collection and infusion of hematopoietic progenitor cell products. (PC, SBP) 

Coagulation:

  • Understand the key components of a bleeding and thrombosis history (MK)
  • Understand general principles of platelet function testing (MK)
  • Understand the function of von Willebrand factor (MK)
  • Recognize expected laboratory results patterns for the common subtypes of von Willebrand disease. (MK)
  • Understand the basic principles of screening coagulation tests (thrombin time, prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, and fibrinogen) (MK)
  • Understand how the International Normalized Ratio (INR) is calculated (MK)
  • Understanding of basic hemostatic and thrombotic disorders including liver disease, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), vitamin K deficiency, and hemophilia (MK)
  • Understand mixing studies and factor assays (MK)
  • Understand the pathophysiology of antiphospholipid antibodies and tests used to identify lupus anticoagulants (MK)
  • Understand the mechanism of action of anticoagulants. (MK)
  • Recognize the impact of anticoagulants on common laboratory tests (MK)

Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis (VAMC)

The fellow spends one month working with transfusion and blood banking faculty at the VA. Upon completion of the rotation at the VAMC the fellow is expected to:

  • Understand basic blood group serology (MK)
  • Understand techniques (manual and automated) to perform ABO & Rh typing, antibody screen, antibody identification, crossmatching and direct antiglobulin test (MK, PC).
  • Recognize, prevent, or manage the coagulopathy in massive transfusion (PC, MK).
  • Understand different coagulation factor concentrates, their indications, and disadvantages (MK).
  • Recognize and manage coagulopathies associated with a variety of clinical conditions such as cardiovascular bypass, renal disease, liver disease, ECMO devices, etc. (MK, PC).
  • Understand the various strategies for managing coagulation factor inhibitors (MK, PC).
  • Recognize, treat and prevention of the following reactions to transfusion: febrile, allergic, acute hemolytic, delayed hemolytic, anaphylactic, septic, transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease, transfusion-related acute lung injury, and circulatory overload (PC, MK, PBLI)
  • Manage massive transfusion including the appropriate and timely ordering of laboratory tests for monitoring the patient and recognizing the metabolic and hemostatic consequences of massive transfusion (PC, MK)
  • Understand the available literature on immune suppression from transfusion and adverse effects of transfused leukocytes (MK, PBLI)
  • Implement methods to minimize transfusion-related Infections (MK, PC)
  • Understand the use of lookback procedures to identify transfusion recipients of potentially infectious units (PC, SBP)
  • Conduct blood usage review including requirements, methods, transfusion committee activities, crossmatch to transfusion ratio, blood outdating and wastage (PC, SBP).
  • Understand transfusion and blood banking practices specific to VA facilities (PC, SBP)
  • Actively lead a hospital transfusion committee to facilitate communication between those involved with transfusion (PC, SBP, CS)
  • Recommend and perform transfusion practice audits using VA-specific standards (PC, PBLI)

American Red Cross/Memorial Blood Centers

Blood banking and transfusion fellows spend one month working at the American Red Cross Blood and Memorial Blood Centers. Upon completion of this rotation it is expected that fellows will:

  • Understand the process of decision-making for the donor center regarding blood donors with medical suitability conditions out of established guidelines (PC, MK, PBLI).
  • Provides medical management of donors experiencing adverse reactions and complications due to blood donation (PC, MK).
  • Understand the major issues in blood donor testing and screening (PC, MK)
  • Understand and follow the confidentiality requirements for reporting infectious disease markers to public health agencies (PC, Prof, SBP)

Cytogenetics Fellowship

Cytogenetics Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Cytogenetics Fellowship position at the University of Minnesota. We are dedicated to being a premier educational and training program in the Midwest.

We are currently recruiting applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year. We will be offering one position for the upcoming year. We seek highly-motivated, dedicated applicants with a strong desire to excel. All applicants will be reviewed and a select number invited for on-site interviews in the fall and early winter.

Applicants will be evaluated and given preference based on prior experience, interest, and demonstrated excellence in the area of cytogenetics and molecular genetics. Please provide the following application materials:

  • Cover letter detailing career goals and any experience in cytogenetics
  • Three letters of reference
  • Transcripts preferred

Please send your application information to truax031@umn.edu.

All individuals with a doctoral degree earned outside of the US, Canada or Puerto Rico who are planning to sit for the certification examination are strongly urged to have the ABMG Credentials Committee review their credentials prior to the onset of medical genetics training in an ABMG-accredited fellowship or ACGME-accredited clinical genetics residency program for determination of equivalency of the doctoral degree. Please visit their website for further instructions athttp://www.abmg.org/pages/cert_forcredential.shtml

Sincerely,

Betsy Hirsch, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Director of Cytogenetics
University of Minnesota Medical School
Mayo Mail Code 609
hirsc003@umn.edu

Clinical Chemistry Fellowship

Clinical Chemistry Fellowship

The Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (COMACC). This is a two-year program for postdocs or one-year program for MDs. The Program’s principal objective is to educate, train, and prepare clinical chemists to provide leadership in the field of clinical chemistry and other areas of clinical laboratory science, who will be active in research and who will serve the needs of physicians and patients. The Program strives to balance and integrate patient care, clinical service, management, research, education, and administration into the training curriculum.

Teaching Faculty

Program Director

Danni Li, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center

  • Fred Apple, PhD (HCMC), Affiliate Professor

Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center

  • Michael Mbughuni, PhD
  • Jasbir Singh, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Cytopathology Fellowship

Cytopathology Fellowship

The Cytopathology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School is a one year ACGME accredited training program. Cytopathology fellows work closely with faculty at four different sites, University of Minnesota Medical Center and Hennepin County Medical Center. This diversity of training allows fellows to experience a full range of cytology and fine needle aspiration. The procedure for work-up of cases varies with the type of case. Gynecologic cases are prepared and screened by staff cytotechnologists. The fellow works closely with the cytopathology staff in signing out these slides.

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Teaching Faculty

Program Director

Jimmie Stewart III MD 

University of Minnesota Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center

  • Stuart Cameron, MD, Affiliate Assistant Professor
  • Bradley Linzie, MD, Affiliate Assistant Professor
  • Sophia Smith, MD 

Kelsey and AmyInteractions between the cytopathology fellow and services devoted to necropsy, clinical pathology, and surgical pathology are most commonly based on follow-up of patients who have been previously studies by cytologic means. Staging of malignancies initially diagnosed in histologic biopsies is often addressed by fine needle aspiration. In the setting of certain types of disease, cytologic specimens are collected for cytogenetic, immunophenotypic, flow cytometric, or hormone receptor analysis. Communication with the laboratories responsible for these studies is an important component of complete evaluation of some cytology cases. Follow-up of cytology cases in surgical pathology is a daily activity, as a part of quality control, and in preparation of teaching sets. Both of these are important areas of activity for the fellow.

As the fellow gains experience, the teaching responsibilities increase. This includes supervision of residents in case preparation and evaluation, as well as introducing residents to the technique of fine needle aspiration. In the second one-half of the year, there is ample opportunity to engage in formal teaching of cytotechnology students and pathology residents. In the second one-half of the training program, the fellow has primary sign-out privileges. Non-gynecologic, non-aspiration cases are addressed in a similar manner. Fine needle aspirations of palpable masses are performed by the fellow, following several months of supervised activity in this field. Preparation of smears, application of the initial rapid stain, and communication of rapid diagnoses are all accomplished by the fellow.

Radiographically guided aspirations of deep masses are attended by the fellow, who prepares the smears, applies a rapid stain and gives a preliminary interpretation of specimen adequacy. Based on the diagnostic possibilities suggested by the combined clinical radiographic and rapid cytologic findings, the fellow makes decisions about specimen allocation to the various media required for cell blocks, electron microscopy, immunocytochemistry, cytogenetics, flow cytometry, and microbiologic culture.

In all cases, the patient's previous pathology and cytology specimens are available for review. The current clinical history is considered as the case is evaluated. Frequent contact with the physicians on clinical services insures rapid and accurate correlation of all pertinent information. As the fellow prepares and evaluates cases in the manner just described, the cytopathology staff is available for consultation. This includes bedside assistance with difficult aspirations. Regularly scheduled conferences insure that all significant abnormal findings are ultimately seen by several individuals at all levels of the service. This insures both high-quality teaching, and constant review of diagnostic patient material.

Academic achievement is of paramount importance in the cytopathology fellowship.  During the fellowship year a fellow is expected to present at a national conference on a topic of his or her choosing and/or write a case report or paper with one of the core faculty.  Also, collaboration with clinicians regarding publications on diagnostic techniques, unique diagnoses or presentations is welcome.  Core faculty and subspecialty faculty in anatomic pathology will provide guidance on any academic project proposed by cytopathology fellows.

During interactions with the clinical staff, the fellow is encouraged to take an active role, not only in obtaining detailed information about material currently being studied, but in educating other physicians about applications of cytology and its advantages in specific situations. This includes recognizing situations in which cytologic evaluations (particularly fine needle aspiration) are not appropriate. This exchange of information occurs informally as cases are discussed at the microscope, in written form through results reporting, and in multidisciplinary patient-care conferences.

Hematopathology Fellowship

Hematopathology Fellowship

The Division of Hematopathology provides support for world-class adult and pediatric hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant services.  Core training responsibilities include morphologic interpretation of bone marrow biopsies, peripheral blood smears, body fluids, and lymph nodes/tissues, as well as flow cytometric analysis of these specimens.  As a group, our six hematopathologists review 550 lymph nodes, 2300 bone marrow biopsies, 2800 peripheral smears, and 3800 flow cytometry/leukemia/lymphoma cases annually.  Cases are diverse, complex, and interesting. 

MicroscopesThere is a formal hematopathology didactic lecture series and structured electives.   Each fellow will have a research block, with ample opportunity and mentoring to prepare, submit, and present an abstract at a national meeting.  Our alumni have successfully obtained employment in academic and community practice.

Flow plotThe trainee is responsible for the day-to-day management of the bone marrow laboratory, including supervision of residents and medical students. The trainee is on-call to examine surgical pathology specimens that might require evaluation for hematopoietic pathology. The trainee also serves as a consultant to the routine acute-care hematology laboratory. 

Teaching Faculty

Program Director

Michael Linden, MD, PhD

University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • Elizabeth Courville, MD, Assistant Professor
  • Bartosz Grzywacz, MD, Assistant Professor
  • Michael Linden, MD, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Pawel Mroz, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
  • Sarah Williams, MD, Assistant Professor
  • Sophia Yohe, MD, Assistant Professor

Curriculum

  • Morphology – combined bone marrow, blood, lymph node, and tissue – 6.5 months
  • Research – 1 month
  • Flow Cytometry 2.5 months
  • Electives – 2 months (molecular, coagulation, hemoglobin electrophoresis, cytogenetics, bone marrow biopsy procedural training, and/or additional flow cytometry)

Program Highlights

  • Diverse faculty expertise – our core faculty completed hematopathology fellowships at six prestigious programs; you will learn a diverse approach to cases from a collegial group
  • Daily consensus conference – we share all challenging cases each morning and discuss our diagnostic approach – it is a trainee favorite!
  • External learning opportunities – over the last 10+ years we have supported our fellows’ attendance of the Knowles’ “Tutorial on Neoplastic Hematology” typically held in Florida each January
  • Boards – based on data available since 2008, 100% of our fellows have passed their hematopathology boards on the first attempt
  • Publish – collectively our last 10 fellows have published 21 peer-reviewed publications based on their fellow projects
  • Research – our faculty have experience mentoring fellow research and provide opportunities to submit abstracts and present at national meetings, including USCAP
  • Career mentoring – program faculty are willing to be actively involved in all aspects of the job search process, including identifying advertised and unadvertised positions, preparing a CV, drafting a cover letter, preparing for an interview, negotiating a job contract, and evaluating multiple offers

Molecular Genetic Pathology

Molecular Genetic Pathology

The Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP) Training Program at University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) is an ACGME accredited one-year fellowship. This MGP program is designed to train pathologists to be experts in molecular diagnostics. MGP fellows become proficient in the interpretation of molecular testing and gain a comprehensive understanding of the indications, purpose, implementation and validation of molecular testing. Fellows will work with molecular pathology faculty with a wide range of interests and expertise in inherited disorders, hematologic malignancies, and solid tumors. Fellows also collaborate closely with clinicians, genetic counselors, and other healthcare providers to integrate molecular testing into patient care.

Gradually assuming increased responsibilities through the year, fellows refine their skills in laboratory management, quality assurance, quality control, and laboratory test development and validation. Fellows also design and perform funded research projects aimed at understanding the molecular basis of diseases or translating such basic discoveries into improved patient care. Graduate level coursework in human genetics and genetics clinic experiences are integrated into the training program, and fellows have access to educational materials from the American Board of Medical Genetics and the Association of Molecular Pathology.

The UMMC Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory offers a wide spectrum of clinical tests for inherited disorders, hematologic and solid tumors, infectious diseases, engraftment analysis, and pharmacogenomics. Fellows play a major role in the analysis and reporting of next generation sequencing data for both inherited disease and oncology diagnostics.  As well, fellows gain significant experience interpreting results from well-established molecular techniques such as qualitative and quantitative PCR and RT-PCR, MLPA, and Sanger sequencing. 

Teaching Faculty

Program Director

Sophia Yohe, MD

University of Minnesota Medical Center

Surgical Pathology Fellowship

Surgical Pathology Fellowship

Established 35 years ago, this fellowship has a strong tradition of providing education in all aspects of surgical pathology beyond residency training. Under guidance of known experts, fellows are granted progressive autonomy. This program prepares trainees for independent sign-out in surgical pathology practice and focuses in important subspecialty areas. Gradual responsibility provides opportunity for appropriately seeking consultation. State of the art ancillary laboratories expose the fellows to new diagnostic and prognostic studies. Interpersonal and communication abilities, supervisory and management skills constitute essential components of this fellowship. Academic activities are fostered; ample material, resources, and expert guidance are available for participation in research projects.

With over 50 years' combined experience, the directors have contributed to advances in surgical pathology. Faculty members are general surgical pathologists with specific expertise in subspecialty areas. Collegiality and friendly environment foster professional and personal growth.

The purpose of this fellowship is to train well rounded surgical pathologists who will become the leaders in academia and semi-academic practice.  The goal is to provide expertise in independent sign-out, diagnostic and prognostic advances, communication and management skills in surgical pathology to train future leaders in academia and community practice.

Teaching Faculty

Program Director  

Mahmoud Khalifa, MD, PhD

University of Minnesota Medical Center

Program Highlights

  • Three one-year positions
  • ACGME accredited
  • This fellowship provides comprehensive training in all areas of surgical pathology in a large tertiary care center.
  • Rotates with faculty members; the fellows preview slides with residents and provide final diagnoses on biopsies and large specimens.
  • Rotations are offered in a subspecialty practice model where the fellow signs out with an expert in a given field.
  • Fellows order special studies (IHC, ISH, EM, etc.) for case work-up.
  • Fellows receive comprehensive training in frozen section diagnosis in all subspecialties.
  • Fellows participate in Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement activities in Anatomic Pathology.
  • Fellows review consultation and referral cases.
  • Fellows participate in the supervision and teaching of residents.
  • Several translational research opportunities are available and fellows are expected to participate.
  • The program offers additional training opportunities in the areas of digital pathology, informatics, molecular pathology and cytogenetics.