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Cytopathology Fellowship Program

This one year ACGME-approved fellowship program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital provides extensive training in diagnostic cytopathology, under the supervision of five staff cytopathologists.

The goal of the program is to train fellows to become competent cytopathologists capable of practice in an academic institution or a private practice setting. The fellow will develop expertise in diagnostic cytopathology including the interpretation of gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology, performance and interpretation of superficial fine needle aspiration, and rapid assessment of specimen adequacy (deep CT and ultrasound guided FNAs). The fellow will also learn the applications of ancillary studies such as flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics, immunohistochemistry and image analysis on cytology specimens.  After an introductory period where the fellow has an opportunity to examine a large collection of teaching glass slides (approximately 4,000 glass slides study sets on various cytology specimens with histologic correlation), the fellow is given gradually increasing responsibility in cytopathology with appropriate supervision. The fellow is responsible to prepare for daily sign-out all non-gynecologic and selected gynecologic specimens. These cases are previewed and researched for all clinically relevant information. The fellow performs superficial fine needle aspirations and evaluates specimens for adequacy in image guided FNAs from radiology, GI and pulmonary services.

For further information contact:
Marluce Bibbo, MD, ScD.
Warren Lang Professor of
Pathology Anatomy & Cell Biology
Interim Director, Cytology Fellowship Program
132 South 10th Street
Main Building, Suite 260
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-1197
(215) 955-2426 fax
marluce.bibbo@jefferson.edu

The fellow has the opportunity to attend weekly didactic lectures in general and system pathology including cytology and to actively participate in teaching residents and medical students rotating in cytopathology.

The fellow is expected to participate in research projects,  present at national meetings, and complete one to two manuscripts for peer review publication.

Requirements

Candidates must have completed 4 years of combined anatomic and clinical pathology or three years of anatomic or clinical pathology residency in ACGME accredited program. In addition, applicants must be board eligible or board certified in AP or combined AP/CP, and must be eligible for a license to practice medicine in the state of Pennsylvania.   Applications should be submitted prior to November 30th, 19 months preceding the beginning of the Fellowship.

Cytopathology Faculty

Charalambos C. Solomides, MD Director of Cytopathology
Marluce Bibbo, MD Interim Director, Fellowship Program
Ruth Birbe, MD  Attending Surgical and Cytopathologist
Rossitza Draganova-Tacheva, MD  Attending Surgical and Cytopathologist
Moira Wood, MD  Attending Surgical and Cytopathologist

Facility

The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a 957 bed acute care facility, with full range of clinical specialties. In 2010 the Cytology Laboratory processed 10,158 gynecologic and 7,300 non-gynecologic specimens, including 2,600 fine needle aspirations.   Ample materials are received from Jefferson University Hospital and various outpatient clinics, and physician offices in the greater Philadelphia areas.

Community Information
(to be provided by TJUH)

Stipends

Support is commensurate with the candidate's (PGY) level of training.