The Department of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals offer 2 positions in this one-year program. The program is designed to provide comprehensive training in diagnostic cytopathology.
The cytopathology fellows rotate through two distinctly different institutions (Ben Taub General Hospital and The Micheal E. DeBakey VA Medical Center), providing the trainees with a large volume of diverse case material. Ben Taub General Hospital is a 650 bed tertiary county hospital. For the calendar year 2012, the cytology laboratory accessioned 32,486 cervicovaginal cases; 2,382 nongynecologic cases; 1,280 fine needle aspirations (FNA); and 213 anal cytologies. The VA Medical Center is a 1,037 bed hospital. For the calendar year 2012, the VA cytology laboratory accessioned 2,277 cervicovaginal cases; 2,436 nongynecologic cases; and 1,058 FNAs.
Training will be provided in both gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytopathology. Also, the fellows are given graduated responsibility in the performance of fine needle aspirations and adequacy checks of deep aspirates performed by radiology and clinical departments that utilize our services. The latter includes EBUS-derived samples performed by pulmonary medicine and the GI service. The fellows also work closely with endocrine surgeons in the performance of ultrasound guided FNA biopsies.
As part of their training, the fellows are expected to incorporate ancillary studies such as flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry in the work-up of their cases. Correlation with the surgical pathology material is also available. Certification in both forms of liquid-based technologies is also provided to the fellows during their training.
The fellows are expected to involve themselves in a research project during their year of training. Research opportunities incorporating immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry are available to the fellows.
As a component of the fellows' training, the cytopathology faculty provide didactic lectures on a variety of topics at the initiation of the academic year.
The fellows play an integral role in the weekly cytopathology unknown conferences. They also present cases at the various tumor boards at both institutions.
Ben Taub General Hospital
Rodolfo Laucirica, M.D. (Program Director)
Thomas M. Wheeler, M.D.
Deborah Citron, M.D., M.P.H.
Chris Finch, M.D.
Yve Huttenbach, M.D.
Neda Zarrin-Khameh, M.D., M.P.H.
Jason Moss, M.D.
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Linda K. Green, M.D. (Expert Cytopathology Consultant for the National VAMC Laboratory Services)
Bhuvaneswari Krishnan, M.D.
Gordana Verstovsek, M.D.
Ying Ye, M.D.
Syeling Lai, M.D.
Requirements: Candidates must be board certified in anatomic pathology or AP/CP.
Applications: Applications are accepted by December 1 (18 months prior to the start date). Application, current curriculum vitae, personal statement, transcript from medial school(s), Dean's letter and three recommendation letters should be submitted. For application and information about additional requirements contact:
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine - BCM 315
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030