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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 (Mission Bay Hospital, Moffitt-Long Hospital and Mt Zion Hospital), with a minor component of nosn-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. Intraoperative specimen evaluation (i.e. providing frozen section diagnoses) and confirmatory consults (four rotations-two at Moffitt-long Hospital and two at Mission Bay Hospital)
  2. Transplant pathology (liver, lung, kidney, heart, pancreas) (one rotation)
  3. General surgical pathology (four rotations)
  4. Personal consult rotation (consults sent by outside pathologists for expert review) (two rotations)
  5. Elective rotation (could include Dermatopathology, Neuropathology or other specialty) (one rotation)

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


To qualify, candidates must have completed a minimum of 2 years anatomic pathology.

Non-U.S. citizens must possess a Permanent Resident Card or an appropriate educational visa prior to starting a postgraduate medical education program. The Department of Pathology may sponsor J1 visas.

If selected, candidates must obtain an unrestricted medical license or a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) from the Medical Board of California before their start date.

Medical Board of California


Fellows will be appointed as a PGY-5.

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Please use the link below to apply for the General Surgical Pathology Fellowship. It is best to open this link in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

General Surgical Pathology Fellowship Online Application


2020-21: The application will be open until the one remaining fellowship position has been filled.

2021-22: The application deadline is October 31, 2019, however, early submissions are strongly encouraged as the review process and scheduling of interviews may start by September 2019.

The program does not discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans.

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