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Dermatopathology Fellowship

Saint Louis University offers a one-year ACGME-accredited dermatopathology fellowship program sponsored by the Department of Dermatology.

Dermatopathology Faculty
 

The fellowship is open to physicians who have completed a residency in either dermatology or pathology and is designed to train individuals to function as independent dermatopathologists. Though our program is accredited for two positions, one fellow is accepted each year. Our goal is to have one dermatology-trained fellow and one pathology-trained fellow.

About the Application Cycle

Our fellowship is filled through the 2023-2024 academic year.

  • In accordance with the ASDP's recommended timeline, we will  accept applications for a July 1, 2024 start date starting July 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022.
  • Interviews will take place between September and November 2022.  A formal offer will be made on or after Monday, October 3, 2022. 

Required Application Materials

To apply, email the documents below to dermatology residency and fellowship program coordinator, Joey Weissmann at  joey.weissmann@health.slu.edu:

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (one from current program director)
  • Medical School Transcripts (onofficial copy is OK)
  • USMLE (unofficial copy is OK)

Please note: It is strongly preferred to have all documents including letters of recommendations sent from a coordinator to keep applicant files together and complete.

About SLU's Dermatopathology Training

All faculty members in the division of dermatopathology are board certified in dermatology or pathology, as well as in dermatopathology, and have diverse interests.

The program provides training in the morphologic evaluation of inflammatory skin disease and cutaneous neoplasms, use of histochemical and immunohistochemical stains, and evaluation of direct immunofluorescence specimens.

The dermatopathology specimen caseload for the fellowship includes approximately 31,000 routine dermatopathology surgical specimens, 1,800 consult specimens, and 300 direct immunofluorescence skin specimen panel. The program also provides the opportunity for instruction in the interpretation of frozen and permanent Mohs micrographic surgery specimens. Rotations to evaluate electron microscopy are also available.

For dermatologists, the fellowship involves surgical pathology training in the Saint Louis University Department of Pathology and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Pathology-trained fellows will participate in clinics in the Department of Dermatology, completing clinical requirement with an emphasis in clinicopathologic correlations.

Research in either the Department of Dermatology or Department of Pathology is required. Fellows have an active role in teaching medical students and residents and participate in didactic conferences as appropriate to previous residency training.

Meet Our Current Dermatopathology Fellow

Albert AlhatemAlbert Alhatem, M.D.

Undergraduate: Aleppo University
Medical School: Aleppo University Faculty of Medicine
Residency: Rutgers University
Dermatology Interests: Dermatopathology, Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Moment I first saw myself as a dermatopathogist: When I realized how skin conditions can negatively affect people's life and how I can contribute to alleviate their suffering.
Favorite part about SLU dermatology: The close, supportive relationships between the faculty, trainees, and staff. The exposure to high and diverse group of cases.
If I were a dermatology diagnosis I would be: Pityriasis Alba