Goals and Objectives

The primary objective of the cytopathology fellowship is to educate fellows to become competent cytopathologists capable of practicing in either an academic center or private practice setting; to be proficient in effective communication with clinical colleagues; and to be self-motivated and diligent in continuing education and clinical research.

The program has four major goals, along with our training emphasis on competency-based educational outcome assessment:

  • Train the fellow to effectively apply ancillary studies and offer new technologies to cytology specimens
  • Train the fellow to effectively use ancillary studies such as microbiology, immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry and cell image analysis and DNA based technologies as adjuncts to cytomorphology diagnosis
  • Participate in research projects in cytology, prepare interesting case reports with reviews of the literature and present a research project at a local or national meeting
  • Assist in the training of Pathology residents in cytology by supervising them in procedures, slide reviews and by giving the opportunity to present at intra-and interdepartmental conferences

The fellowship emphasizes training centered on competency-based educational objectives and dependable educational outcome assessment. The fellowship is divided into two rotations, Aspiration Cytology (FNA) and Exfoliative Cytology (non-FNA), each approximately six months in length. Fellows alternate on each rotation on a 4-week basis. Each rotation has a defined set of competency-based objectives, provides an appropriate educational experience and then assesses competency utilizing a competency-based rotation evaluation form. Educational goals are distributed to fellows and faculty yearly.

At the completion of the fellowship it is expected that the fellow will have achieved a level of skill such that they are competent to enter the practice of cytopathology without direct supervision.

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