For the Soft Tissue and Bone Pathology Fellowship, applicants apply to the Surgical Pathology Fellowship.
Fellowships in Surgical Pathology (or one of its subspecialty areas) are of one year’s duration and are designed to provide advanced training in specific clinical subspecialty areas as well as graduated responsibility in terms of diagnosis and case triage (within the guidelines permitted by HCFA).
Construction of these fellowships is flexible and determined both by the expressed interest(s) of the fellow(s) and departmental needs; thus, time spent on the subspecialty clinical services detailed below may range from 6 or 7 weeks to 12 months. However, most rotations are of 3 months duration. Fellowships may be renewed for a second year in the case of individuals who show special aptitude or in the context of particular departmental need(s).
Services covered by surgical pathology fellows (usually in blocks of 3 months) include Senior Resident in Surgical Pathology (SRSP), breast pathology, genitourinary pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, soft tissue pathology (including Dr. Fletcher's consult service), pulmonary pathology and cardiovascular pathology.
Rotations in hematopathology, dermatopathology, endocrine pathology, head and neck pathology, and women’s and perinatal pathology can usually be arranged for candidates with a special interest.
Responsibilities of the SRSP include:
Histologic slide preview and triage of institutional consults (approx. 15,000 cases annually)
Frozen section coverage (at a level of responsibility between resident and faculty)
Triage of clinical/surgical requests and inquiries
General supervision of more junior residents in the surgical specimen cutting room
2-3 clinicopathological conferences per week
While subspecialty fellows will help to handle or triage complex surgical resection specimens on their service in the frozen section or surgical cutting rooms, routine dissection of specimens (normally undertaken by 1st and 2nd year residents) is not part of these fellowships. Nevertheless, active involvement in the handling of consult cases (at all stages) on the given subspecialty service is expected.
When engaged in the surgical pathology subspecialties, fellows will play an active and key role in each of the clinical services. In varying proportions, this will include:
Preview of histologic sections and drafting of histologic reports (for both institutional and consultation cases) prior to faculty sign-out
Attendance at daily sign-out sessions (during which faculty teaching is provided)
Liaison with clinicians where appropriate (including presentation of cases at clinicopathological conferences)
Attendance at multidisciplinary outpatient clinics (e.g. on the Breast Service)
Attendance in the frozen section room as appropriate
While the principal purposes of these fellowships are to provide experience and training in a high-volume clinical environment, it is also hoped that fellows will find time to undertake clinically-oriented research projects under the supervision of the faculty. Such research activity will generally account for no more than 10% of routine working hours.
Fellows typically rotate for three months through Soft Tissue, Endocrine, Head and Neck Pathology as part of the Surgical Pathology fellowship. However extended rotations may be available depending on applicant's interests.
Preference will be given to candidates who are Board certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology or anatomic and clinical pathology and who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing an academic career in surgical pathology. Applicants must be eligible for a Massachusetts medical license.