Pathology Fellowships

Saint Louis University’s Department of Pathology offers six fellowship programs. The department provides extensive training through experiences at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, the city of St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Cytopathology Fellowship

The Saint Louis University Department of Pathology offers one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in cytopathology. This  comprehensive training experience in diagnostic clinical cytopathology includes training in both gynecologic and nongynecologic materials, and performance and interpretation of fine needle aspirations.

Fellows participate in all aspects of the service and are given progressive responsibilities. Emphasis is placed on the performance and interpretation of percutaneous FNA biopsies.

Experience is provided at Saint Louis University Medical Center and Quest Diagnostic Laboratories. Diagnostic and research facilities are available in molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy and flow cytometry. Time is devoted to specimen preparation, laboratory management, quality issues and automated cytology. Fellows participate in medical student and pathology resident education as well as in interdepartmental conferences. The overall goal of the fellowship is to provide strong, broad-based training in clinical cytopathology.

Inquiries should be sent to:

Eric Staros, M.D., Program Director
Cytopathology Fellowship
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology
1402 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: 314-577-8694
Fax: 314-577-8374
estaros@slu.edu

Forensic Pathology Fellowship

 The Saint Louis University Department of Pathology offers a one-year accredited training program in forensic pathology directed towards board certification. The training is based at the City of St. Louis Medical Examiner's Office. The fellow functions as a forensic pathologist under the supervision of a senior pathologist and conducts autopsies (up to two daily), attends scenes and interacts with families, treating physicians, police and attorneys.

Case material is supplemented by selected cases from surrounding jurisdictions. There are dedicated rotations in toxicology and police laboratories, monthly clinicopathology conferences with trauma surgery service, attendance at Medicolegal Death Investigators' Course and a national meeting.

Inquiries should be sent to:

Michael Graham, M.D.
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology
1402 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104

For more information, call 314-613-7091 or email grahamma@slu.edu.

Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology Fellowship

The gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology fellowship at Saint Louis University is a one-year ACGME-accredited program. The program offers fellows exposure to a broad spectrum of biopsy and surgical specimens relating to adult and pediatric gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disease.

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center provide the clinical material for the program, including the luminal GI tract, liver, pancreas and biliary tract ranging from small biopsies to radical resection and transplantation. Outside consultation material and intraoperative consultation are also included. Fellows participate in and present at the multidisciplinary clinical conference. Fellows are encouraged to participate in clinical research.

Inquiries should be sent to:

Sharon Aubuschon, Program Coordinator
Pathology Residency Training Program
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1402 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO  63104

Phone: 314-577-8694
Fax: 314-577-8374
aubuschk@slu.edu

Hematopathology Fellowship

The ACGME-accredited one-year hematopathology fellowship at Saint Louis University School of Medicine is an apprenticeship in academic hematopathology. The trainee is the junior member of the hematopathology staff and during training becomes competent in all aspects of hematopathology, developing technical, managerial, consultative, diagnostic and scientific skills.

Integral to the trainee's education is the correlation of the cytomorphological and histologic findings with the patient’s clinical presentation and other pathological findings including those seen in other areas of the laboratory. This could include the flow cytometric immunophenotypic findings, molecular diagnostic findings, as well as immunophenotypic analysis by immunoperoxidase and enzyme cytochemical techniques, and the performance, interpretation, and application of coagulation testing.

Inquiries should be sent to:

Katherine Robbins, M.D., Director,
Hematopathology Residency Program
Hematopathology Fellowship
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology
1402 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: 314-268-5387
Fax: 314-268-5641
krobbi10@slu.edu

Pediatric Pathology Fellowship

The pediatric pathology fellowship at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and Saint Louis University Department of Pathology provides trainees with an opportunity to develop an understanding of diseases of infants and children. Pediatric autopsy and surgical pathology are stressed during the one-year fellowship and opportunities for subspecialty training in neonatal pathology, cytogenetics, clinical pathology, pediatric hematopathology, metabolic, skeletal muscle, central nervous system and renal disease are available.

Learning resources include a large congenital heart museum, state-of-the-art electron microscopy, immunohistology and flow cytometry laboratories, facilities for morphometric and recombinant DNA analysis, as well as an active research division. Research opportunities are numerous both in anatomic and experimental pathology. The fellow acts as a liaison between the pathology department and clinicians and presents clinical pathologic correlations at neonatal, cardiology, gastrointestinal and pediatric surgical and autopsy pathology conferences.

Staff

Jacqueline Batanian, Ph.D.
Director, Cytogenetics

David S. Brink, M.D.
Director, Anatomic Pathology

Susan Crawford, D.O.
Perinatal and Placental Pathology

Miguel Guzman, M.D.
Pediatric Pathology and Neuropathology
Director, Pediatric Pathology Residency Program

Cirilo Sotelo-Avila, M. D.
Director, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Program Director, Pediatric Pathology Fellowship

Ella Swierkosz, Ph.D.
Director, Virology

Carole A. Vogler, M.D.
Pediatric Pathology and Placental Pathology

Inquiries should be sent to:

Miguel Guzman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director, Pediatric Pathology Residency Program
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center
1465 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: 314-577-5337
Fax: 314-268-6407
mguzman4@slu.edu

Post-Sophomore Pathology Fellowship

The post-sophomore graduate fellowship in pathology at Saint Louis University is a full-time course of study in pathology for one academic year. It provides an educational experience to medical students interested in a career in pathology and in furthering their understanding of mechanisms of disease. During the fellowship, students have service, conference and teaching activities similar to those of a first-year pathology resident. With faculty, the post-sophomore fellow performs autopsies and examines surgical specimens. Research opportunities in clinical and experimental pathology and elective experiences in subspecialty areas in pathology are available and the fellowship will be tailored to each student's interests.

Inquiries should be sent to:

David S. Brink, M.D., Program Director
Pathology Residency Training Program
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology
1402 South Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: 314-577-8694
Fax: 314-577-8374
brinkds@slu.edu

Application Process and Stipends

Post-Sophomore Fellowship Program

Requirements: Applicants must be a second or third-year student in a medical school in the United States, completing his/her current school year by the beginning of the fellowship on May 1.

Stipend: $18,000, plus travel and book allowance.

Application: Download Application

Application deadline is March 31 of the current academic year.

All Other Pathology Fellowship Programs

Requirements: Candidates must have completed an accredited residency in anatomic pathology or anatomic pathology/clinical pathology and must be able to apply successfully for Missouri state medical licensure.

Types and Numbers of Appointments: One per year.

Stipends: Stipends are commensurate with the level of postgraduate training in pathology. A travel and book allowance is provided.

Program Director: Eric Staros, M.D.

Applications: Standardized Fellowship Application