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Neuropathology Fellowship


Candidates should be Board-eligible by the starting date of the fellowship, preferably in pathology, but neurology candidates will be considered.

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  • Department of Pathology
  • 505 Parnassus Avenue
  • Room M-551, Box 0102
  • San Francisco, CA 94143

This two-year accredited fellowship provides comprehensive training in diagnostic and investigative neuropathology within one of the largest subspecialty training centers of its type, either as part of a combined 4-year AP/NP residency or as a stand-alone NP fellowship. The program has a long tradition of excellence in teaching, clinical service, and research. Clinical cases are obtained from the highly active neurosurgical and neurology services at the Moffitt-Long Hospital, from the autopsy services of UC-affiliated medical centers, and from numerous extramural consultations. The program has recently been expanded to include up to 4 fellows and several new rotations providing enhanced training opportunities in molecular, pediatric/development, neurodegenerative, and forensic neuropathology. The goals of the clinical training are to provide a broad fund of knowledge in neuroanatomy; gross and microscopic CNS, PNS, and muscle neuropathology; clinico-neuropathological correlations; and ancillary histochemical, immunohistochemical, ultrastructural, and molecular genetic techniques. The diagnostic service is particularly strong in neuro-oncology, epilepsy, nerve and muscle disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and infections.

Research training is individually tailored for each fellow in order to best serve their long-term career goals. There are currently 8 full-time neuropathology faculty members, with research interests mostly focused on molecular neurooncology, developmental/stem cell pathology, neurodegenerative diseases, neuromuscular pathology, and basic neuroscience; however, fellows may also pursue research in laboratories outside of pathology. Taking advantage of these research opportunities, UCSF neuropathology fellows have been remarkably successful presenting their work at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuropathologists. For example, in 2014, our fellows were chosen for six oral presentations and one diagnostic slide session presentation, and have won a travel award and the Matthew T. Moore Award; in 2013, they were selected for one oral presentation and two diagnostic slide session presentations, and have won a travel award, the Bailey-Riggs Award and a Honorable Mention for the Matthew T. Moore Award (click here for details). Among the key strengths of this program are its large and highly diverse case material, faculty expertise, and research opportunities.

Application Information

Neuropathology Fellowship Online Application

Please use the link above to apply for the Neuropathology Fellowship for the academic years 2016-18. It is best to open this link in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Completed online applications, which include your most current C.V., and three letters of recommendation are due by October 31, 2014. Early consideration will be granted to those who complete their application in advance.

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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