Clinical Chemistry Fellowship

The Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry. The Fellowship Program provides trainees with the knowledge and skills required to practice clinical chemistry in an academic medical center, community hospital, private clinical laboratories, 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 1–2 years in length depending on the applicant’s credentials and prior clinical chemistry experience. Science-based Ph.D. graduates with minimal or no prior clinical laboratory exposure require two years of training. Applicants with prior clinical chemistry or clinical laboratory experience such as practicing clinical chemists and medical graduates having completed a pathology residency program would likely require only one year of training.

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

Besides participating in clinically oriented mini-research projects, the fellow will spend significant time in clinical practice acquiring additional management and presentation skills. Training follows an established curriculum as described in the Educational Goals section. The clinical chemistry laboratories are fully automated utilizing automated analytics and sample processing lines.

In addition to clinical chemistry laboratory rotations, the Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program offers exposure to practical laboratory training in pediatric clinical chemistry, hematology, coagulation, molecular diagnostics, forensic toxicology, and medical microbiology. Rotations include practical laboratory orientation and exposure, as well as clinical laboratory exposure though attending conferences with residents and faculty in that specialty.

On-call service activities provide the fellow with real-time exposure and an excellent training opportunity. The fellow is on-call for two weeks every month, which includes weekends. The fellow is the second on-call for technical and clinical calls. There is a pathology resident first on-call and a clinical chemistry faculty third on-call.

The fellow is expected to attend professional meetings such as American Association for Clinical Chemistry annual meeting and local TX-section AACC symposia. The fellow is also expected to submit a research abstract to AACC national and local pathology meetings and to submit a manuscript for publication.

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Requirements

Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in clinical chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry, or other related biological sciences and/or a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from an accredited university or college. M.D./D.O. applicants must either have or be eligible for Texas Medical License/Institutional permit.

Applicants with education obtained at institutions outside the U.S. or Canada must, at their expense, have their credentials evaluated by the International Education Research Foundations, Inc., or acceptable equivalent (as defined by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry).

Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 semester hours in undergraduate and/or graduate-level chemistry or biochemistry courses, taken at institutions acceptable to the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

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Educational Goals

The Clinical Chemistry Fellowship training utilizes both didactic and practical experience to achieve its educational goals. The Fellowship Program follows an established curriculum as shown. The outlined curriculum is covered via lecture, tutorial, bench rotation and case-based formats. A quiz assessment follows completion of each section of the curriculum.

Rotations

Knowledge and practical laboratory exposure is attained through rotations in various areas of clinical chemistry as well as specialized rotations. This allows all-rounded experience and recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of the practice of clinical chemistry. A typical rotation schedule is attached as an example.

Examination

The fellow undertakes many topic-related quizzes throughout his/her training. 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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