Breast Pathology Fellowship

The Breast Pathology Fellowship is a Texas Medical Board-approved program offered by the Department of Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. It is a one-year fellowship with emphasis on the multidisciplinary approach to breast pathology and in-depth training in diagnostic surgical pathology of the breast. 

Fellowship Overview

The Breast Pathology Fellowship is a Texas Medical Board-approved program offered by the Department of Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. It is a one-year fellowship with comprehensive and in-depth training in diagnostic breast pathology covering the entire spectrum of benign and malignant breast diseases. The training focuses on teaching good diagnostic skills and sound knowledge of neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of the breast. The multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of breast diseases is strongly emphasized.

The training is supervised by a team of five experienced breast pathologists with 10 to 20 years of experience in the field. The breast subspecialty service covers two major hospitals, William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Parkland Hospital. There is a wealth of interesting and challenging cases that cover the entire spectrum of breast diseases with a balanced distribution of benign and malignant cases. The fellow is given graduated responsibility for signing out cases. The fellow will have separate rotations in breast core biopsies and excision specimens. Be proficient in the interpretation of breast cores; correlate biopsy findings with clinical and radiologic features. Responsibilities also include direct participation in grossing of big breast specimens, perform frozen sections, interpret touch imprint smear preparations of sentinel lymph nodes, review of outside consult cases, formulate diagnoses and dictate reports. The fellow has a basic understanding of the different surgical techniques and how they apply to the handling and processing of breast specimens in the laboratory.

Fellow participates in the interpretation of breast biomarkers; understand the guidelines for testing and interpretation of biomarkers. An important facet of the fellowship is to understand the critical role of the different molecular tests as they apply to the management of breast cancer, including the use of targeted therapy.

Fellow participates in laboratory quality control and assurance program, and understands the basics of laboratory management.

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Elective Rotation in other Disciplines and Teaching

Fellow rotates in the cytogenetic/molecular laboratories to learn and understand the different techniques. Fellow also rotates in other clinical disciplines such as radiology and or clinical oncology.

Fellow actively participates in teaching pathology residents, breast oncology, and radiology fellows rotating in pathology.

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Fellow actively participates in several multidisciplinary conferences including weekly breast multidisciplinary conference, radiology-pathology conference, and educational conference for hospitalists and pathology residents.

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Research Opportunities

There are several opportunities during the fellowship for both independent and collaborative research under the guidance of the faculty members. Fellow is expected to do at least one research project, present findings to a scientific meeting, and prepare manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

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Evaluation of Fellow

The program director and breast pathology faculty members evaluate the fellow on a quarterly basis with regular feedback given to the fellow on his/her progression in the training.

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Prospective candidates must have completed an ACGME-approved residency in anatomic pathology, must be board eligible or certified in Anatomic or Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology, and must be eligible for a training medical license to practice in Texas by the beginning of the Breast Pathology Fellowship.

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The salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s level of training.

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Fellowship Faculty

Helena Hwang, M.D. 
Sunati Sahoo, M.D.
Venetia Sarode, M.D., Fellowship Director
Yan Peng, M.D., Ph.D
Yisheng Fang, M.D., Ph.D.

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