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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.

The fellowship is filled through the 2022-2023 academic year. We will accept applications for a July 2023 start date from June 2021 through September 2021, with interviews in the fall of 2021. 

To apply, email the documents below to Dermatology residency and fellowship program coordinator, Ms.  Joey Weissmann, 

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.

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

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