The Role of Pathology in Contemporary Patient Care and Biomedical Research
Goals: Foundational education, hands-on experience, and translational research opportunities using pathologic basis of disease to inform diagnosis, therapy, prevention, and research.
Opportunity: Two (2) post-sophomore or post-principal clinical experience (e.g., post-junior) medical students annually, from July 1 through June 30. Students both with and without a long-term career interest in Pathology are likely to find this Fellowship valuable.
Curriculum: In order to develop a robust understanding of disease mechanisms, the tools and consequences of pathologic diagnosis, and how pathologists collaborate with caregivers, Student Fellows will be exposed to the entire spectrum of anatomic pathology and clinical laboratory services, including advanced molecular diagnostics. Student Fellows will be exposed to similar training as Residents in Pathology, including surgical pathology specimens, frozen sections, autopsies, body fluid analysis, management of transfusion donors and recipients, clinical laboratory management, and participation in teaching and multi-disciplinary conferences. Student Fellows will rotate through core general services, and will also experience several of the sub-specialty services with an opportunity to focus on areas of particular interest. A typical program will involve 6 months of Anatomic Pathology, and 3 months of Clinical Pathology (Laboratory Medicine), including a rotation in Molecular Diagnostics.
There will also be a three-month opportunity for a clinical-translational research project to be pursued with a BWH Pathology faculty mentor. The Student Fellows will also have the opportunity to present their work at a national pathology meeting (e.g., USCAP, ACLPS), sponsored by the BWH Department of Pathology.
Stipend: $27,000 annually.
Kolin M. Meehan, West Virginia University School of Medicine Current status: 3rd-year medical student at West Virginia University School of Medicine
Saagar Jadeja, MD, Drexel University Current status: Preliminary year in Medicine; Dermatology Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Iny Jhun, Harvard Medical School Current status: 4th year medical student at Harvard Medical School; entering 2019 NRMP Match in Pathology
Aaron Cohen, MD, Harvard Medical School Current status: Junior Resident in Medicine, BWH
Kavita Goyal, MD, Drexel University Current status: Resident in Dermatology, Hahnemann/Drexel University
Jonathan Lee, MD, Harvard Medical School Current status: Resident in Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh
Matthew Torre, MD, Harvard Medical School Current status: Neuropathology Fellow, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Application Process: Applicants should have a strong interest in academic medicine, and an excellent fund of clinical knowledge. Applications will be accepted from now-March 5, 2019 for the Fellowship year to begin July 1, 2019.
Applications should include a statement of interest, a letter of recommendation from a clinical mentor who can speak to the student’s interests in academic medicine, and a CV. These should be sent to Dr. Richard Mitchell, c/o Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Post-Sophomore Fellowship is open to qualified medical students who have completed at least two years in an accredited U.S. institution; it is preferred (but not required) that students have completed a core clinical year by the time they begin the Fellowship.
Interviews will be arranged in March, 2019, and final decision will be made by April 1, 2019.