Clinical Chemistry Fellowship

The Clinical Chemistry Fellowship (CCF) Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center provides trainees with the skills required for the practice of clinical chemistry in an academic or community hospital or industrial setting and to successfully complete the board examination in clinical chemistry administered by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC). 

Overview

The Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program duration is a 1+1 year depending on prior clinical chemistry experience. It is expected that applicants with prior clinical chemistry or clinical laboratory experience such as medical residents following a pathology residency program would require only one year whereas science-­based Ph.D. candidates with little or no prior exposure will require two years of training.

One fellow is accepted per year. A fellow requiring two years of training will occupy the available slot for the second year

Besides participating in a clinically oriented mini-­research project, the fellow will spend significant time in clinical practice acquiring additional management and presentation skills.

In addition to clinical chemistry laboratory rotations, the Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program offers exposure to practical laboratory training in hematology, coagulation, and microbiology. The fellow spends one month rotating in hematology and coagulation and one month in microbiology.

Rotation includes practical laboratory orientation and exposure, as well as clinical and laboratory exposure though attending conferences with residents and faculty in that specialty.

The fellow is on-­call every other week, which includes weekends. The fellow is a second on-­call for technical and clinical issues. There is always a Pathology resident first on-­call and a Clinical Chemistry faculty third on-­call.

The fellow spends one month gaining expertise in the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory and another month in Pediatric Clinical Chemistry. Two months are spent at an in vitro diagnostic facility.

While the latter rotation provides a unique opportunity to gain insight into reagents manufacturing, validation, and instrument calibrations, the other two in-­house rotations provide exposure to specialized testing and the use of chromatographic and molecular techniques in clinical chemistry.

The fellow is encouraged to attend professional meetings such as AACC annual meeting and local TX-­section AACC symposia. The fellow also is encouraged to submit a research abstract to AACC national and local pathology meetings.

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Requirements

Applicants must have earned a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Philosophy degree (or an equivalent doctoral degree) in the basic sciences; chemistry, biology, or physics from an accredited university or college.

Applicants should have successfully completed enough chemistry courses to apply to the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, i.e., a minimum of 30 semester hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate-level chemistry or biochemistry courses taken at institutions acceptable to the ABOC.

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Examination

Prior to completion of the Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program, the fellow will be required to attain a satisfactory score on a comprehensive examination.

Stipends

Salary commensurate with residency scale PGY–1 and PGY–2.

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Faculty

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