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Cytopathology Fellowship

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  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • 185 Berry Street, Suite 100
  • Campus Box 0506
  • San Francisco, CA 94107

Each year 2 positions are available in this 1-year program. The fellowship provides training in all areas of cytology with special emphasis on fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology biopsy techniques including ultrasound guided biopsy, sample preparation, and smear interpretation. In the beginning the fellows receive intensive training and supervision. Gradually, they are given more responsibility and ultimately function independently. Fellows will have access to and participate in the sampling of some 4000 specimens per year collected by the UCSF FNA Clinics at the Mount Zion and San Francisco General sites. In addition large numbers of interesting exfoliative cases are seen. Deep seated lesions are accessed with imaging in collaboration with other departments. Advanced ancillary testing is applied regularly to cytologic material. Fellows participate in daily cytopathology signouts and participate in inter-departmental teaching conferences and Grand Rounds.

Current Cytopathology Group Photo

Row 1 (left to right): Tara Saunders, Teresa Darragh, Annemieke van Zante, Nhu Thuy Can, Joshua Menke, Patricia Goldhoff, Poonam Vohra

Row 2 (left to right): Elham Khanafshar, Britt-Marie Ljung, Ronald Balassanian

Not pictured: Kirk Jones, Sarah M. Calkins, Theodore Miller, Rick Baehner, Laura Tabatabai, Douglas Hanks, Gioia Iezza

Faculty Involved with Fellowship

Current & Future Fellows

  • 2016-17
  • Nhu Thuy Can, MD
  • Joshua Menke, MD
  • 2017-18
  • Jeanette Ruiz, MD
  • Shweta Agarwal, MBBS


Candidates must have completed 3 years of AP or AP/CP residency training and be Board eligible in pathology by starting date of the Fellowship.

Cytopathology Fellowship Online Application

Please use the link above to apply for the Cytopathology Fellowship for the academic year 2018-19. It is best to open this link in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Completed online applications are due by September 1, 2016.

If you are a Foreign Medical Graduate, please use the link below to navigate to the UCSF GME Foreign Medical Graduate web page. You must complete the steps provided on their web page prior to applying to any of our fellowships.

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