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General Surgical Pathology 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

The goal of this fellowship is to provide an intensive one-year of training in high level diagnostic general surgical pathology, with a strong emphasis on resolving complex differential diagnoses, on building clinically relevant diagnostic reports and on gaining progressive independence in case management, from intraoperative specimen evaluation to gross specimen management to use of ancillary diagnostic tests to creating diagnostic reports of complex cases. The case material is largely from our tertiary level cancer hospital and clinics (Moffitt-Long Hospital and Mt Zion Cancer Center Hospital), with a minor component of non-oncology case material from our medical liver, renal, pulmonary, cardiac and transplant services at these hospitals. All surgical specialties are well-represented at these hospitals and therefore there is a diverse array of surgical specimens managed by our Surgical Pathology Division. In addition to evaluation of inhouse specimens, the fellowship rotations also include management of cases from other institutions submitted to our division for diagnostic confirmation or for primary consultation.

Six positions per year are available; the fellowship consists of 12 one month rotations. The specific rotations include:
1) provisional “hot seat” diagnosis of inhouse specimens (two rotations)
2) intraoperative specimen evaluation (i.e. providing frozen section diagnoses) (one rotation)
3) transplant pathology (liver, lung, kidney, heart, pancreas) (one rotation)
4) general surgical pathology (four rotations)
5) elective specialty (GI/Liver, GYN, breast, GU, neuropath, soft tissue/bone, pediatrics or other specialty) (two rotations)
6) evaluation of confirmation specimens (two rotations)

Fellows also participate at a faculty level in at least two weeks of night and weekend call in order to develop diagnostic independence.


A minimum of 2 years of Anatomic Pathology training is required as well as an active California medical license before beginning the fellowship. Positions are generally filled 18 months prior to the start date so early application is advised. This is a non-ACGME fellowship.

Application Instructions

  • 2014-2015: Filled
  • 2015-2016: Filled
  • 2016-2017: Accepting applications up to October 31, 2014

General Surgical Pathology Fellowship Online Application

Please use the link above to apply for the General Surgical Pathology Fellowship for the academic year 2016-17. It is best to open this link in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Completed online applications are due by October 31, 2014.

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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