The Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine offers several fellowship programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and designed to give physicians experiential education in their chosen pathology specialties. These programs can also be tailored to match fellows’ individual interests to include an educational concentration in one or more additional pathology specialties.
Our fellowship programs begin on July 1 every year.
- Blood Bank Fellowship: The blood bank/transfusion medicine fellowship will be a yearlong training program with emphasis on donor center activities (donor criteria, collection, processing, labelling, and storage of components), blood groups ( serologic and genetic), antibody/antigen detection and identification, compatibility testing, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, hemolytic disease of the newborn, tissue and organ transplantation, component therapy and indications for use, infectious and noninfectious adverse reactions to transfusion, apheresis ( collection and therapeutic), laboratory standards and regulations, clinical consultations (management of patients with alloimmunizations, hemoglobinopathies, coagulation factor deficiencies, perinatal, pediatric, transplantation, massive transfusion, peri-operative blood management & trauma) and management and direction of a transfusion service and blood center.
- Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology Fellowship: The Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology Fellowship at the University of Florida Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine is a comprehensive one-year program that begins annually on July 1.This fellowship is designed to offer fellows advanced training in both neoplastic and non-neoplastic disorders of bone and soft tissue.
- Cytopathology Fellowship: This comprehensive one-year program in cytopathology and surgical pathology includes hands-on study in medical and gynecological pathology, as well as fine-needle aspiration cytology and ultrasound guided thyroid FNAs. Most participants in this fellowship will review medical specimens daily and perform numerous conventional/thin-layer Pap tests and FNAs. Emphasis is placed on the correlation of surgical and cytopathologic findings, and fellows are encouraged to participate in opportunities for research throughout the duration of the program.
- Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology Fellowship: During this one-year fellowship, participants will experience a wealth of gastrointestinal cases, both neoplastic and nonneoplastic, under the guidance of a dedicated team of gastrointestinal and liver pathology faculty. Fellows will also be able to take advantage of the unique opportunity to gain exposure to liver transplant pathology in one of the nation’s highest-volume centers. For eligible participants, there are opportunities to independently sign out cases, allowing one to further hone their skills and expertise. This comprehensive fellowship also fosters scholarly activity and prepares participants for eventual practice in a wide spectrum of settings.
- Hematopathology Fellowship: This program is designed to train academically oriented physicians in modern hematopathology, with an emphasis on neoplastic hematologic disorders. The primary aim of the program is to help fellows integrate diagnostic modalities with clinical correlation. Upon program completion, participants should be able to interpret the results of a variety of diagnostic procedures, including conventional morphology, immunohistology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics and molecular genetics. Fellows are expected to engage in investigative activities throughout the program, which are facilitated by our tumor repository and clinical/research laboratories.
- Neuropathology Fellowship: This accredited program provides up to two years of training in neuropathology, with the aim of Board certification and preparation for a career in academic neuropathology. Under careful supervision, trainees are responsible for primary diagnosis of all neurosurgical, muscle and nerve biopsies, as well as the brain, spinal cord, any nerves and muscles removed during postmortem examinations at our in-house autopsy service. Trainees participate in daily sign-out of cases and brain-cutting conferences held twice a week and the weekly neurosurgical pathology and neuropathology Clinical Pathology Conferences. Fellows are expected to participate in original or ongoing research activities and train in the immunocytochemical, electron microscopic, enzyme histochemical and molecular biological techniques used in neuropathology. Participation in medical student and house-staff teaching is also expected.
- Surgical Pathology Fellowship: This program provides fellows with the opportunity for advanced training and in-depth experience in different facets of surgical pathology. It also prepares them for a career in either academics or private practice. A large volume of surgical and consultation material provides an opportunity for the development of proficiency in the diagnosis of neoplastic and benign diseases, as well as transplant pathology. In addition to all subspecialties of surgical pathology, elective rotations in hematopathology/flow cytometry, dermatopathology, renal pathology/electron microscopy and cytopathology are available.
- Dermatopathology (within Dermatology department):
Participants in all of our programs have specialty-specific access to molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, cytometry, and other anatomic pathology facilities, in addition to regular teaching and interdepartmental conferences and lecture series, as well as a vast computerized library and medical record database.