Gynecologic (GYN) Pathology Fellowship

The Gynecologic (GYN) Pathology Fellowship is a Texas Medical Board-approved program offered by the Department of Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. It is currently a one-year fellowship with comprehensive training focusing on diagnostic gynecologic pathology that includes in-depth exposure to all aspects of the specialty. The fellow will also have ample opportunity to do clinical oriented research in the training period.

Fellowship Overview

The Gynecologic Pathology Service includes the full range of gynecologic tumors, non-neoplastic diseases, and obstetrical lesions, with special emphasis on complex gynecologic 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 fellowship period.

Length of Program: One year

Fellowship Program Structure

The Gynecologic 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 female 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 Gynecologic Pathology cases with appropriate faculty supervision
  • Review of all gynecologic consult cases
  • Grossing of selected gynecologic oncology specimens
  • Presentation and participation in Gyn Consensus Conferences and Gyn Tumor Board
  • Participation in Gynecologic Pathologic intraoperative consultation
  • Participation in research project(s)

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Fellowship Conference Schedule

During the year, the fellow works closely with the Gynecologic Oncology team of UT Southwestern Medical Center, actively participating in weekly conferences and providing service and consultation to clinicians in matters relating to gynecologic diseases and malignancies.

The Gynecologic Fellowship mandatory conferences include:

  • Gyn Tumor board (weekly)
  • Gyn Consensus conference (twice weekly)
  • Gyn team meeting (monthly)
  • Journal Club presentation (quarterly)

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

  • Pathology Grand Rounds (monthly)
  • Participation in pathology resident and gynecologic oncology fellow education

The fellow is expected to present pathology at some of these 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 gynecologic 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 gynecologic 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 female reproductive organs.
  • Understand how to provide appropriate and efficient gynecologic and obstetrical pathology services, including outside clinical consultation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the multidisciplinary approach to the management and treatment of diseases of the female gynecologic system in order to provide optimal patient-focused care.
  • Understand, at least partially, the limitations of diagnostic criteria and the role of biomarkers to aid the diagnosis for each disease entities.
  • Develop necessary knowledge and skills for disease oriented research within the field of gynecologic pathology.

Establish and consolidate knowledge and understanding about current concepts of the pathogenesis of benign and malignant conditions of the female reproductive system, perform clinic-pathologic correlations and apply this information to patient care and to gynecologic and obstetrical pathology.

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Evaluation of Fellow

The program director, Dr. Wenxin Zheng, and other Gynecologic 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, must be board eligible or board 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 Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Program.

Salary for Fellows

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

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Fellowship Faculty

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