Cytopathology Fellowship

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited University of Florida Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine Cytopathology Fellowship is a comprehensive one-year program in cytopathology that begins annually on July 1. This fellowship provides the opportunity for advanced training and experience in all areas of cytopathology. The program includes medical and gynecological cytopathology, including fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cytology and hands-on experience with ultrasound-guided FNA of superficial masses of the head and neck.

Date of Next Available Position: July 1, 2026

Benefits: Commensurate with level of training. Visit the UF Administrative Affairs Housestaff Benefits Webpage for more information.

The fellowship faculty includes five pathologists who are American Board of Pathology-certified in cytopathology. We currently review more than 6,500 non-gynecologic specimens (including approximately 2,400 FNAs) and more than 9,000 thin layer preparations of gynecologic specimens per year. Emphasis is placed on surgical and cytopathology correlation findings. The program can be tailored to fellows’ individual interests to include an intensive overview of cytopathology and concentration in one or more specialty areas.

Fellows are expected to participate in related interdepartmental conferences. Opportunity and support are provided for research activity throughout the course of the fellowship program. Molecular, immunohistochemistry, cytometry and other anatomic pathology facilities are available for the study of cytopathology-related issues. Lecture series, comprehensive teaching conferences and computerized library and record retrieval are available for this fellowship program, as well.

Overall Mission:

As part of the UF College of Medicine, the Department of Pathology, Immunology, & Laboratory Medicine and the Cytopathology Fellowship program align their mission and goals with the University of Florida College of Medicine. The UF College of Medicine strives to improve health care in Florida, our nation, and the world through excellence and consistently superior leadership in education, clinical care, discovery, and service.

The University of Florida (UF) Cytopathology Fellowship Program strives to provide high quality postgraduate education leading to board certification and to accomplish this in an intellectually rich, emotionally safe, supportive, and fertile environment for trainees to personally and professionally develop in their roles as Board Certified Cytopathologists.

To achieve this mission, we aspire to the following goals:

  • To develop humanistic, skilled, intellectually disciplined, and authoritative medical professionals who are committed to the highest ideals and standards of the profession and who model an exceptional standard of care for those they treat, lead and serve.
  • To educate and inspire the next generation of leaders in health care, biomedical sciences, health services research and academic medicine to seek, provide and sustain unparalleled achievements in service, teaching and research.
  • To provide comprehensive, patient-centered, culturally sensitive, compassionate, and innovative health care of the highest quality to all.
  • To develop and utilize innovative models of interdisciplinary health care delivery that optimize safety, service, outcomes and resource use.
  • To improve our understanding of human health and disease through groundbreaking research and to translate these discoveries into new solutions that promote health and improve health outcomes and quality of care.
  • To recruit, develop and nurture a diverse and academically outstanding community of faculty, students, trainees and staff, who each contribute to excellence in our mission.
  • To promote sustained, robust professional and personal growth, productivity, accountability, integrity and synergistic collaboration, and synergy of faculty, students, and staff.

Applicant Requirements

Requirements of a successful candidate must include:

  1. Board eligible or certified in anatomic, or anatomic and clinical pathology, by the American Board of Pathology.
  2. Passing United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1, 2 and 3 scores.

For International Medical Graduates

Our institution requires that all IMG applicants have valid certificates from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical GraduatesThe University of Florida supports J1 visas and the UF-COM will only, in limited case-by-case circumstances, sponsor any new H-1 type visas for training in any medical specialty.

To start a β€œnew” H1B will take 12 – 16 months to process and required consulate approval.  To transfer a candidate that is already in the US on an H1B should take 9 – 12 months.


Completed application packets must include a:

  • CAP Standardized Pathology Fellowship Application
  • Personal statement of interest;
  • Curriculum vitae; and
  • Three letters of recommendation (addressed to the fellowship director).

Send completed packets to:

Marino E. Leon, M.D., FCAP, FASCP
Cytopathology Fellowship Program Director
University of Florida College of Medicine
Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
PO Box 100275
Gainesville, FL 32610-0275

For more information, contact:

Margo Kramer, Sr. Secretary

  • Phone: 352.627.9240
  • Fax: 352.627.9242

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