Transplant Pathology Clinical Fellowship Program

Activities and Duties

The clinical duties of the Fellow shall include operating room consultations (frozen sections) and evaluating surgical specimens. There are no autopsy responsibilities, except as an advisor on specific cases.

Normal working hours are 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 A.M. until Saturday afternoon.

The Fellow will be assigned to clinical service for a total of nine months during the first year.

For 3 months, the fellow will have the opportunity to choose a research project, which will be chosen early on during the academic year. The Fellow is encouraged to pursue one or two research projects that will be suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and for presentation at a national meeting.

The responsibility of the Fellow will be mainly that of an advisor to the resident assigned to the bench. He/she will see that the resident is processing all specimens according to protocol. In the absence of a general pathology resident or during peak workloads, the Fellow will assist in grossing the specimens.

The Fellow will take part in all operating room consultations (frozen sections). Responsibilities will be delegated according to the experience of the Fellow.

The Fellow will review all slides with the resident in advance of the cases being signed out with the attending pathologist. The daily review is expected to continue throughout the entire nine months that the Fellow is assigned to clinical service.

The Fellow will periodically be asked to attend and present cases at various conferences run by the Division of Transplantation Pathology. These conferences include the kidney biopsy, pancreas biopsy, liver biopsy, liver tumor, and small intestinal biopsy conferences.

The Fellow will be called upon to present cases at least once a year at the Department of Pathology Slide Seminar, held at noon every Thursday in the UPMC Conference Center.

The benefits of working at UPMC are great. UPMC Health Plan Enhanced Access HMO is provided to trainee and his/her eligible dependent(s). As for dental, United Concordia Dental provided to trainee - dependent selection requires the trainee to pay a monthly contribution. Life insurance is provided to the even thousand dollars above the annual stipend, which includes accidental death and dismemberment. Long-term disability insurance coverage is provided and sick and FMLA leave are available. Medical malpractice insurance is provided in accordance with Pennsylvania state mandated levels of coverage. $1,000/year Fellowship Book and $1,500/year Conference Fund are provided for education allowance. Fellows are given access to most university athletic facilities and parking is provided. Laboratory coats and scrubs are provided by the program.

Vacation: Three (3) weeks vacation leave. Conference Time: Five (5) days conference time.

Hospital holidays include July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day and Martin Luther King Day.