Post-Sophomore Fellowship

The Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine offers special fellowships for US and Canadian medical students who have completed their second or third year of medical school and wish to spend an additional year of study before proceeding with their medical school education. This in-depth exposure to diagnostic and investigative aspects of pathology helps to expose students to various aspects of investigative, anatomic, and clinical pathology. The hope is to expand understanding of the role of pathologists in the health care team and to recruit some individuals for careers in pathology and laboratory medicine.

The Post-Sophomore program allows for flexibility according to individual interests. Students often spend 6-9 months in academic anatomic or clinical pathology practice with 3-6 months for research. Anatomic pathology generally involves autopsy and surgical pathology experience. Exposure to clinical pathology focuses on one or two of the 6 Divisions in the Section of Laboratory Medicine as well as participation in Division and Section conferences. A more research-intensive track is also possible with exposure to 3 months of diagnostic pathology. Investigative activities are conducted under the guidance of an established faculty mentor. Publication of research activity in abstract and manuscript form is an objective of the Fellowship.

Fellows receive a stipend of about $23,000 plus a supplement for insurance, books and journals, and are eligible for Program-supported travel to meetings to present original research.

The PSFP was competently filled from 2001 to 2007. This position was not recruited for in 2007-08, 2008-09 or 2009-10 but is now open for recruitment for 2010-11.

Students enrolled in this program are responsible for personal expenses such as housing, meals, and transportation. Affordable housing is available in neighborhoods close to campus and in nearby suburbs.

Forward applications and requests for information to:

    Trevor Macpherson, MD
    Residency Program Director
    UPMC Pathology Education Office
    A711 Scaife Hall
    3550 Terrace Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15261

    Email: TRAINING_PATH@upmc.edu