Genitourinary (GU) Pathology Fellowship

Overview

The Genitourinary (GU) 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 training in diagnostic genitourinary (GU) pathology that includes in-depth exposure to all aspects of the specialty.

The Genitourinary Pathology Service includes the full range of urologic tumors, non-neoplastic diseases and lesions, with special emphasis on complex urologic oncologic cases. The fellow is given graduated responsibility for handling cases. The fellow is expected to participate in independent and collaborative research, including the initiation and completion of at least one research project during the course of the year.

Program Description

The Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship Program is structured to provide all needed core training over a one-year period and to ensure proficiency in practice in lesions of the male and female urologic and male reproductive organs (gross pathology, frozen section diagnosis, histology, immunohistochemistry, and certain aspects of molecular diagnostics).

The clinical responsibilities the fellow assumes during the year of training include:

  • Sign-out of in-house genitourinary pathology cases with appropriate faculty supervision
  • Review of all genitourinary consult cases
  • Review all GU faculty consult cases (Drs. Zhou and Kapur)
  • Presentation and participation in GU Pathology Consensus Conferences, Journal Club, Academic hour, and at Urologic and RCC Tumor Boards and Combined Modality conferences
  • Grossing of selected genitourinary oncology specimens
  • Participation in genitourinary and general pathologic intraoperative consultation
  • Participation in research project(s)

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Research

The fellow is expected to participate in one or more research projects related to genitourinary pathology, to submit and present the abstracts to national scientific meetings, and to publish the data in peer-reviewed pathology/biomedical journals.

GU pathology fellows have opportunities to be part of UTSW’s Kidney Cancer Program  and can participate in its research opportunities. For candidates with advanced research interests, a second research year of fellowship may be considered and KCP offers multiple research tracks to choose from.

The Kidney Cancer Program at UTSW was awarded a prestigious Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2016. SPOREs are the flagship of the National Cancer Institute translational program, and the awards are typically about $10-12 million. There are two SPOREs for kidney cancer in the country, one at UTSW and the other at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. The award reflects the depth and excellence of research at UT Southwestern, which in 2018 was recognized by Nature Index as the top institution globally for published research.

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Requirements

Prospective candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in anatomic pathology, be board-eligible or board certified in anatomic or anatomic and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology, and be eligible for a training medical license to practice in Texas by the beginning of the Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship Program. At this time we do not accept H1B visas.

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Benefits

  • Financial support to attend conferences
  • Educational funds
  • Laptop
  • Additional benefits dependent upon program

Faculty

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