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The Department of Pathology & Microbiology

Fellowship Programs

The Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) provides five unique fellowship programs. Our programs offer specialized and highly-interactive opportunities for our fellows as they are designed to provide advanced, practical clinical experiences, as well as excellent research opportunities.

Clinical Microbiology Fellowship

UNMC’s Department of Pathology and Microbiology in collaboration with  Nebraska Medicine (NM) sponsors a Clinical Microbiology Fellowship Program that is accredited by the Committee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP) of the American Academy of Microbiology. This two year training program provides the trainee hands-on experience in the basic disciplines of clinical microbiology, i.e., bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, virology, molecular microbiology, public health microbiology, and serology, through bench rotations, didactic lectures, and interaction with pathology residents, faculty, and fellows. Administrative experience through participation in management and committee interaction is also a part of the training. Steven Hinrichs, M.D., is director of this program and Peter Iwen, Ph.D., is deputy director. Fellows are selected for their potential as future directors of diagnostic microbiology laboratories and as leaders in public health. Upon completion of the program, Fellows are expected to apply to take the examination as the next step for certification as a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (D[ABMM]). If you would like more detailed information click on Clinical Microbiology Fellowship.

Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathology Fellowship

The Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has a one year Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathology Fellowship Program.  The curriculum consists of advanced rotations in adult and pediatric GI pathology (both biopsies and resections) and liver, pancreatic and transplant pathology, and exposure to solid organ transplantation pathology.  One month of dedicated time for elective or research is provided, including a rotation in state-of-the-art molecular diagnostics in GI pathology if desired.  This fellowship is directed by Audrey Lazenby, M.D., with Geoffrey Talmon, M.D., serving as assistant director.  One of the goals of the program is to ease the transition from residency to independent sign-out with fellows expected to sign-out independently the last three months of the fellowship.  Attention will be given to fulfill the needs of the individual in terms of gaining skills towards pursuing a career in either private practice or academics.  Ample opportunity is also available for teaching of residents and participation in Tumor Boards. Pathology sign out is subspecialized at UNMC and instruction in GI and liver pathology will come from specialized pathologists. If you would like more detailed information, click on Gastrointestinal/Liver Fellowship.

Hematopathology Fellowship

The Department of Pathology and Microbiology offers a one or two year Hematopathology Fellowship Program designed to train private or academically-oriented physicians, respectively, in all aspects of hematology and hematopathology. This is an American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program and only trainees who are board eligible or certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology are accepted into the program. The fellowship is directed by  Kai Fu, M.D., Ph.D.   The program includes all current aspects of clinical and laboratory hematology, with emphasis on the development of a basic understanding of hematologic disorders and the appropriate application and utilization of laboratory procedures and methods in the diagnosis of these disorders. The program is coordinated with a busy hematology and oncology service, and includes active participation in regularly-scheduled clinical and laboratory teaching conferences. Our goal is to train fellows with excellent interpretive skills, and consultative and managerial abilities in laboratory hematology. Investigative research, either clinical or basic, is required during the fellowship. Fellows are expected to present their research at national meetings and publish original papers in peer-reviewed journals during the fellowship period.  If you would like more detailed information, click on Hematopathology Fellowship.

Molecular Genetics Pathology fellowship

This one year ACGME accredited fellowship in Molecular Genetics Pathology provides comprehensive exposure to all areas of molecular diagnostics and molecular pathology including solid tumor oncology, hematopathology, inherited diseases, infectious diseases, human identity testing, and histocompatibility.  Allison Cushman-Voukon, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of this fellowship program. The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Human Genetics Laboratory and Nebraska Collaborative Laboratory perform over 30,000 tests a year utilizing various technologies including next generation sequencing, cytogenomic arrays, FISH, real-time PCR, reverse-transcriptase PCR, pyrosequencing, PCR/fragment analysis and various multi-analyte platforms.   The fellow will also have the opportunity to rotate in the clinical microbiology laboratory and Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) to learn about the role of molecular technologies in the epidemiology of infectious diseases and biopreparedness.  The fellow will benefit from interactions with over 15 faculty members who are nationally known in the fields of molecular diagnostics, oncology, genetics and inherited diseases, infectious diseases and histocompatibility. If you would like more detailed information, click on Molecular Genetics Pathology Fellowship.

Surgical Pathology Fellowship

The goal of the ACGME-accredited Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program would be to improve and learn diagnostic skills so as to ease the transition from residency to independent surgical pathology sign out.  Subodh Lele, M.D., is the program director. Attention will be given to fulfill the needs of the individual fellow in terms of gaining skills towards pursuing a career in either private practice or academics. Highlights of the surgical pathology fellowship include independent sign-out during the last three months of the fellowship. Fellows will work with approximately 25 pathologists with a wide range of subspecialty expertise. To further enhance the fellow’s training there are several elective rotations allowing fellows to spend time specializing their surgical pathology experience. If you would like more detailed information, click on Surgical Pathology Fellowship.

International Applicants

Each fellowship has its own requirements and procedures for application, so reference each program for specific details.
For more information, please contact the International Department at Nebraska Medicine at nmamdani@nebraskamed.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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