OB/GYN Pathology Fellowship Program

Environmental Description

The training program is in the Department of Pathology at Magee-Womens Hospital (MWH) of the UPMC Health System. This tertiary care specialty women's hospital is the primary training site for all clinical specialty training in women's health and is among the most competitive nationally for training programs in Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. As the Womencare program in the region MWH has an extensive referral network through its community based Womencare centers and Satellite Clinics and does over 50,000 mammograms per year. This strong breast program together with its affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute provides the core of both the breast cancer and gynecological oncology programs of MWH.

The Pathology Department at Magee-Women's Hospital is the primary site for anatomical pathology training in women's health including gynecological pathology, gynecological oncology, breast pathology, cytopathology, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive endocrinology, and developmental pathology including perinatal pathology.

The Department of Pathology has 10 pathologists - 5 with subspecialty certification in Cytology - and handles 20,000 surgicals, 140,000 Pap smears, 3,500 non-gynecological cytology cases, and 100 perinatal autopsies. The surgical pathology material includes over 500 new breast cancer cases, and over 400 new gynecological oncology cases per year. Gynecological pathology cases include vagina, cervix, endometrium, fallopian tube and ovary. The perinatal program serves an obstetrical service of over 9,000 deliveries per annum. Their are 5 Pathologists Assistants who assist the pathologists and trainees.

In addition to the 12 month trainees at Magee-Womens Hospital trainee residents from the general pathology program of the Department of Pathology of the University of Pittsburgh have 1 to 3 month rotations at MWH during their first through fifth year. Residents in Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences spend 3 weeks in the department as an elective during their 3rd year.

The Anatomical Pathology training program at MWH falls under the training license of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. It qualifies for the 5th year of training but not for any sub-specialty boards.