Description: We offer a one year accredited Dermatopathology fellowship sponsored jointly by the Departments of Pathology and Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. The fellowship is designed to provide intensive training in Dermatopathology for Board Certified or Board eligible graduates of Pathology or Dermatology programs. Experience in the techniques of immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, electron microscopy, as they pertain to Dermatopathology are provided.
For Pathology trainees entering the program, eight months out of the year, mornings are spent signing out Dermatopathology cases, and afternoons are spent in the dermatology clinics. For Dermatology trainees that are in the program, eight months out of the year mornings are spent signing out Dermatopathology cases, and afternoons are spent in Pathology (signing-out with pathology faculty, and focused exposure to laboratory activities. Four months of the year are devoted exclusively to Dermatopathology.
The Baylor Dermatopathology Laboratory accessions specimens from over 10,000 patients a year. These are signed out by the Dermatopathology fellow and the attending Dermatopathologists. The fellow also has access to the Dermatopathology material from the four Baylor teaching hospitals within the Texas Medical Center area as well as from multiple community hospitals in the Houston and surrounding areas whose Pathology departments are run by full time Baylor Department of Pathology faculty members. The fellow will participate in consultations sent in from all of these hospitals and have ready access to all of the Dermatopathology related cases at these institutions. The Dermatopathology service includes “bread and butter” dermatopathology cases (such as may be seen in any routine private dermatopathology practice) as well as cases from community and county hospitals, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the VA. All in all, these multiple sources guarantee exposure to a both usual and unusual, esoteric dermatopathologic entities from the pediatric to geriatric age groups, leading to a well-rounded fellowship experience
Trainees having completed Pathology programs will be expected to attend and participate in all of the Dermatology conferences. Conversely, trainees coming out of Dermatology residency programs will be expected to attend relevant Department of Pathology conferences and selected Dermatology conferences. The fellow will present some didactic sessions, but this responsibility is not onerous. The fellow will be expected to participate in an investigative project which may be clinically-oriented or more basic research. There are numerous opportunities for research with any of the members of the departments of Pathology and Dermatology. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in city-wide conferences in which both patients and interesting dermatopathologic cases are presented. These include a weekly conference held alternately at Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, with participation from faculty and trainees at all these three institutions (as well as occasionally dermatopathologists in private practice in the Houston area). Graduated responsibility in dermatopathology will be provided predominantly throughout the experience at Ben Taub Hospital, part of the Harris Health System. Some training in laboratory management is also provided.
Requirements: Applicants for the Baylor College of Medicine fellowship in Dermatopathology must be board certified or eligible for certification in Anatomic Pathology, combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, or Dermatology.
Stipends: Commensurate with candidate's level of training.
Applications: Inquiries are be directed to:
A. Hafeez Diwan, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Dermatopathology Fellowship Program
Department of Pathology & Immunology - BCM 315
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030