Neuropathology Fellowship Program

Neuropathology Fellow Responsibilities

At UPMC Neuropathology fellows learn their profession by assuming clinical responsibilities during the normal working day (7:30AM to 6PM) supplemented by evenings and weekends of protected time to hone their professional skills and knowledge base. It is the responsibility of the fellow to work with the attending neuropathologist to delegate service work to accomplish the training mission. Fellows should strive to efficiently perform service work to maximize the training potential.

Surgical Material

  • Review slides and assemble case materials (histories, imaging studies, cytologies) prior to signout sessions with attending Neuropathologist; generate tentative diagnosis and differential
  • Be proficient in imprints to touch preparations and frozen sections on brain and muscle biopsies
  • Review and approve all resident gross and microscopic dictations
  • Generate complete surgical pathology reports in a timely fashion
  • Maintain professional communication with allied professionals

Autopsy Material

  • Remove brains, with the help of the diener on all neuro cases
  • Perform brain banking between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM on weekdays
  • Perform special autopsy procedures (e.g. removal of CSF, peripheral nerve and ganglia)
  • Oversee brain cutting
  • Review and approve all resident gross and micro autopsy dictations
  • Evaluate microscopic slides and signout autopsies
  • Complete 200 autopsy neuropathology reports


  • Review with the residents their service responsibilities
  • Assume teaching duties commensurate with knowledge and experience
  • Participate in all required conferences

Professional Development

  • Oversee Neuropathology presentations @ Wednesday 10 AM QA Conference
  • Work effectively with allied professionals and ancillary staff
  • Maintain documentation of professional development