Genitourinary (GU) Pathology Fellowship

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.

Fellowship Overview

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.

Length of Program: One year

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Fellowship Program Structure

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:

  • Opportunity for sign-out of in-house genitourinary pathology cases with appropriate faculty supervision
  • Review of all genitourinary consult cases
  • Grossing of selected genitourinary oncology specimens
  • Presentation and participation in GU Pathology Consensus Conferences, Urologic and Combined Modality conferences
  • Participation in genitourinary pathologic intraoperative consultation
  • Participation in research project(s)

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Fellowship Conference Schedule

During the year, the GU pathology fellow participates in weekly conferences and provides service and consultation to clinicians in matters relating to genitourinary diseases and malignancies.

The available Genitourinary Fellowship conferences include:

  • GU Pathology Consensus conference (two times per week)
  • GU Pathology Journal Club (monthly)
  • Urologic Spence conference (weekly)
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma conference (monthly)
  • GU team meeting (every two months)

Other conferences and educational endeavors in which the fellow may be involved include:

  • Pathology Grand Rounds (monthly)
  • Participation in pathology resident and genitourinary oncology fellow education
  • Combined Modality conference (weekly)

The fellow is expected to present pathology at some of the above conferences. Cases with questions should be discussed with the appropriate faculty member prior to the conference.

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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.

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Fellowship Goals and Objectives

The overall goals are to acquire the necessary medical knowledge, diagnostic skills, and experience to practice as a subspecialty expert in all aspects of urologic pathology and to gain research experience and skills.

Specifically, goals and objectives include:

  • Gain diagnostic competence in gross and microscopic evaluation of all types of specimens from the GU/male reproductive organs.
  • Understand how to provide appropriate and efficient urologic pathology services, including outside clinical consultation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the multidisciplinary approach to the management and treatment of diseases of the GU system in order to provide optimal patient-focused care.
  • Establish and consolidate knowledge and understanding about current concepts of the pathogenesis of benign and malignant conditions of the GU system, perform clinical-pathologic correlations and apply this information to patient care and to Genitourinary pathology.

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Evaluation of Fellow

The Fellowship Program Director and other genitourinary pathology faculty members with whom the fellow interacts will evaluate the fellow on a quarterly basis.

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Fellowship 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.

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Salary for Fellows

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

Fellowship Faculty

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