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Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

Fellowship Information

Program Overview

The Harvard Medical School Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP) Training Program represents a collaboration of three major Harvard teaching hospitals (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital) as well as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Broad Institute and Laboratory for Molecular Medicine. The overall goals of this one-year accredited training program are:

  • Provide extensive training in molecular diagnostics and molecular genetics, including malignant disease, inherited genetic disorders, infectious disease, neoplasia and identity testing
  • Provide training in the performance and interpretation of wide spectrum of molecular, cytogenetic and biochemical laboratory tests (ranging from single mutation assays to small panels to large genomic assays)
  • Gain real world experience with innovative and cutting-edge technologies in molecular pathology
  • Provide training as a medical consultant in Molecular Genetic Pathology to assist clinicians in the diagnosis and care of patients
  • Provide training and direct exposure to laboratory management, quality assurance, troubleshooting of molecular tests, assay development and evaluation, and instrument evaluation
  • Provide training and direct exposure to clinical genetic practice through active participation in genetics clinics with the aim of better understanding the clinical implications of genetic testing

Fellows achieve the following:

  • A sound knowledge base of the basic science of molecular biology and molecular genetics
  • Learn to integrate molecular and clinical data and calculate genetic risk
  • Develop research skills and participate in a research project
  • Demonstrate good communications skills with laboratory and clinical physicians, patients, technologists and ancillary staff
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to ethical issues in genetics, particularly those raised by molecular diagnostic testing
  • Learn principles of clinical laboratory management, assay development and strategic planning

Teaching sessions

The fellowship is integrated with the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Genetics Training Program and shares a year-long didactic program. Weekly case review conferences, didactic lecture series, case based walkrounds and journal clubs are conducted at each of the following sites:

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH)-Lab management/Molecular microbiology
  • Boston Children's Hospital (BCH)-Pediatric molecular pathology
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-Data science
  • Laboratory for Molecular Medicine (LMM)-Cytogenetics

Rotation sites

  • BWH-3 months
  • BCH-3 months
  • MGH-2 months
  • LMM-2 months
  • Elective-(i.e., Broad Institute) 1 month
Core Faculty

There are over 40 faculty members. Representative faculty includes the following.

Brigham and Women's Hospital:

Children’s Hospital:

  • Marian Harris, MD, PhD, Director, Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
  • Alanna Church, MD, Molecular Diagnostics and Pediatric Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Associate Program Director (BWH)

Massachusetts General Hospital:

Harvard Center for Personalized Genomic Medicine:

Dana Farber Cancer Institute:

Broad Institute:

How to apply

Application requirements

Applications to the Molecular Genetics Pathology Fellowship for 2024-2025 need to be submitted with the following information:

  • Three letters of recommendation (one from current training program director)
  • Complete application form
  • CV
  • USMLE transcripts
  • ECFMG (if applicable)
  • Personal statement letter
  • Photo (optional)
  • All Applicants should be Board eligible or certified in Pathology or Medical Genetics
  • All applicants must have a least 2 years of accredited residency training
  • All Applicants must be eligible for a Massachusetts medical license

Visa eligibility

  • BWH sponsors J1 and H1B visas

Application dateline

Applications open June 15, 2022 and must be submitted no later than August 15, 2022 11:59pm EST. All documents except for the letters of recommendation should be submitted together. Candidates will be notified of interview invitations by September 15, 2022. Interviews are typically conducted in October and November. Due to Covid-19, interviews will be done using virtual platforms.

Fellowship application form and inquiries should be submitted to:

Nathalie Serber
Fellowship Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to Neal Lindeman, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Center for Advanced Molecular Diagnostics
Shapiro Building, 5th floor, Room #5016
70 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 857-307-1562
Email: nserber1@bwh.harvard.edu

More information for prospective applicants can be found on our GME website

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