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Fellowship Programs

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers fellowships in ten subspecialties, including seven ACGME-accredited fellowships. The majority of training for each fellowship takes place at the IU Health Pathology Laboratory, which is a free-standing, state-of-the-art facility located on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus.

Fellows may also rotate through IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Eskenazi Health Services, or the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center—all on or near the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus. IU Health and its wide network of affiliated healthcare providers are uniquely positioned to offer a very broad range of medical services to a large and highly diverse patient population.

The transfusion medicine fellowship program at IU School of Medicine is ACGME-accredited, and this program offers comprehensive transfusion medicine physician training at IU School of Medicine teaching hospitals (a 1700-bed tertiary care academic medical center complex) as well as a large blood center (Indiana Blood Center). The fellowship offers exposure to adult and pediatric transfusion services, adult and pediatric apheresis, and donor center operations.

Faculty:
Nguyet Le, MD, Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program
Dan Smith, MD
Esther Soundar, MD

Fellows are accepted for a training period of one year and must be Board-eligible or -certified in clinical pathology, hematology or internal medicine. Stipends are commensurate with level of postgraduate training. Applicants must submit the CAP standard fellowship application, a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference via email to Beverly Jarrett, Fellowship Coordinator, bjarrett@iupui.edu.

This ACGME-accredited program provides advanced training for physicians who wish to subspecialize in clinical microbiology. Comprehensive training is provided in bacteriology, antimicrobial testing, anaerobic bacteriology, molecular diagnostics, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology and virology. Fellows actively participate in the diagnostic activities of these sections and participate in rounds and conferences of the Section and of the Infectious Diseases Services of the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Infection Control.

Fellows are an active participant in management of the laboratories and consults with clinicians relative to use of the laboratory and interpretation of results. During the one-year fellowship (with an option for a second year), the trainee is expected to pursue a research project or projects. Research interests include enteric and anaerobic bacterial diseases, antimicrobial testing, infections in immunocompromised patients, fungi, Pneumocystis, free-living amoebae, rapid methods and instrumentation, and molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases. Molecular diagnostic methods include microbial identification by nucleic acid amplification including 16S rRNA gene sequencing and real-time PCR, peptide nucleic acid fluorescence in situ hybridization, molecular methods for detection of antimicrobial resistance, bacterial strain typing, HPV DNA-typing and viral load testing and genotyping of HIV and HCV.

Faculty:
Bryan Schmitt, DO, Director, Microbiology Fellowship Program
Thomas Davis, MD
Christopher Emery, MD
Ryan Relich, PhD

Candidates must be qualified for certification or certified in clinical pathology or combined anatomic pathology-clinical pathology or infectious diseases and must hold (or be eligible for) a permanent license to practice medicine in the State of Indiana. If candidates are not citizens of the US, they must hold a valid visa. Stipends are commensurate with the year of postgraduate training in pathology. To apply, applicants should email the Pathology Fellowship Coordinator, Beverly Jarrett.

This accredited fellowship program provides one year of advanced training in diagnostic cytopathology. Fellows in this program actively participate in all aspects of cytopathology, including the sign-out of routine gynecologic and non-gynecologic specimens and the procurement and analysis of fine needle aspiration biopsies. The program emphasizes a comprehensive cytologic approach to both superficial and deep-seated FNA diagnosis. There is a wide spectrum of material (approximately 70,000 cases) originating from the six hospitals on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus. This includes more than 4,100 fine-needle aspiration cases per year, and approximately one-third of these are collected by the cytopathology staff and fellows.

Faculty:
Harvey Cramer, MD Director, Division of Cytopathology
Darrell Davidson, MD, PhD
Rosen Dimitrov, MD
Robert Emerson, MD
Muhammad Idrees, MD
Paul Musto, MD
Xiaoyan Wang, MD, PhD
Howard Wu, MD
Shaoxiong Chen, MD, PhD
Nishi Dave, MBBS.

Three fellows are selected each year. Candidates must have completed an AP or AP/CP pathology residency and hold (or be eligible for) a medical license in the State of Indiana. Stipends are commensurate with the year of postgraduate training in pathology. Applications (CV plus three letters of reference) should be submitted (preferably by email) by June 30 of the year prior to the intended fellowship to Harvey Cramer, MD at hcramer@iupui.edu.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at IU School of Medicine is accepting applications for a traditional one-year fellowship in 2018. The position focuses on obtaining excellent diagnostic skills in dermatopathology and provides ample opportunity for teaching, research and interdepartmental collaborations.

In 2019, the department is filling two additional fellowship positions. One position reflects the opportunity described above. The other position prepares individuals for a career in academic dermatopathology. The first year of the fellowship isdevoted to translational research, with a focus on genetic sequencing of melanoma and atypical nevi. Additional projects are more clinical and diagnostic so as to provide a mixed research experience. The second year of the fellowship focuses on diagnostic dermatopathology (and clinical dermatology for a pathology-trained applicant).

The fellowships are jointly sponsored by the IU School of Medicine departments of Pathology and Dermatology in Indianapolis. The Division of Dermatopathology is housed in a modern stand-alone pathology and lab medicine facility. Cutaneous biopsy material (more than 15,000 accessions annually) is received from the five hospitals on campus (Indiana University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Hospital, Riley Children’s Hospital, and Roudebush Veterans Affairs Hospital), and private dermatology practices. Consultation cases are received from physicians in Indiana and surrounding states. Training in dermatopathology, immunohistochemical techniques, in situ hybridization, immunofluorescence and molecular diagnosis is provided through the Pathology Department. Abundant clinical material is available through the Dermatology Department, which provides patient care at the five hospitals and at numerous outpatient clinics. Exposure to clinical and histopathologic material via daily sign-out, weekly teaching conferences, bi-monthly Dermatology Grand Rounds, weekly melanoma conference and attendance at national meetings will extend throughout the fellowship.

Faculty
Simon Warren MD, Director, Dermatopathology Fellowship Program
Matthew Kuhar MD Co-Director
Ahmed Alomari MD

Applicants must have Board eligibility in pathology or dermatology. Stipends are commensurate with level of postgraduate training. Additional interactions occur with numerous faculty members in dermatology and pathology. Application deadline is October 1, 21 months prior to the start of fellowship. Applicants should email materials to the Pathology Fellowship Coordinator, Beverly Jarrett.

IU School of Medicine provides an ACGME-accredited fellowship in forensic pathology through its Department of Pathology and partnership with the Marion County Coroner’s office. This training program fulfills the eligibility requirements of Board certification and provides forensic pathology services to the Indianapolis metropolitan area and surrounding 23 counties. The forensic pathology division performs approximately 1,650 death investigations and 950 autopsies each year, encompassing a broad spectrum of both urban and rural cases. Three experienced and Board-certified forensic pathologists provide supervision, guidance and support to fellows in this program.

Forensic fellows perform approximately 250 autopsies of varying complexity. Consultation with neuro- and pediatric pathologists, forensic anthropologists and odontologists are available. Fellows spend time at the Indianapolis/Marion County Forensic Laboratory and the Indiana State Police Laboratory, and they’re allotted time and encouraged to perform a research project or write a paper for presentation at one of the two annual national forensic science meetings (NAME, AAFS). Fellows in this program also assist in teaching and giving lectures for medical students and pathology residents.

Applicants must have completed an accredited residency in either anatomic or anatomic/clinical pathology prior to beginning the fellowship. Stipends are commensurate with the year of post graduate training in pathology. Interested applicants should submit the CAP standard fellowship application, curriculum vitae, and personal statement to Dr. Christopher Poulos, Director of Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program, Christopher Poulos, MD, at Christopher.poulos@indy.gov. Three letter of recommendation are also required.

The GI Fellowship Program at IU School of Medicine provides comprehensive training across the entire spectrum of gastrointestinal pathology. The department receives a diverse array of cases ranging from mucosal biopsies to complex resection specimens. A large pancreatic tumor program at IU Health supplies the department with 300-400 pancreatic resection specimens annually. The transplant program at IU Health is the largest in pancreatic and small intestinal transplantation and sixth largest in liver transplantation in the United States, providing ample training in transplantation pathology. IU School of Medicine is a part of the NIH-funded clinical research network for study of non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis as well as the NIH-funded Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network. In addition, a busy consult service in GI and liver pathology is housed at IU Health in Indianapolis.

Fellows in this program actively participate in all these aspects of GI pathology and develop the ability to handle a large and diverse case load in an efficient and accurate manner. Attendance at teaching conferences, including a daily consensus conference, is expected. Participation in one or more research projects is encouraged. Upon completing the program, fellows are prepared to assume the role of a specialized gastrointestinal pathologist in either an academic or private practice setting.

 Applicants must have completed two years of accredited anatomic pathology training and be eligible for a medical license in the state of Indiana. Stipends are commensurate with the year of postgraduate training in pathology. Applications should include the CAP Standard Fellowship application, CV, personal statement and three letters of recommendation. All documents should be submitted (preferably by email) by November 1 (one and a half years prior to beginning of fellowship) to the Pathology Fellowship Coordinator, Beverly Jarrett at bjarrett@iupui.edu.

The Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship Training Program at IU School of Medicine provides comprehensive training in all aspects of genitourinary pathology. Upon completing the program, fellows are prepared to assume a role as a subspecialty consultant in genitourinary pathology in an academic or private practice setting. The program is approved as a non-ACGME accredited fellowship by the IU School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Committee. The Division of Genitourinary Pathology handles all adult genitourinary clinical material from the IU Health system in Indianapolis (including IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health North and IU Health West hospitals). This provides a high volume of material that covers the full breadth of neoplastic and non-neoplastic disease. Two major components to the genitourinary pathology service are the daily in-house surgical pathology cases and the outside case/consultation service.

The in-house cases include a remarkable depth and breadth of genitourinary pathology specimens, including neoplastic and non-neoplastic conditions. This service is currently the busiest of all the surgical pathology sign-out services and allows fellows to develop the ability to handle a large and diverse case load in an efficient and accurate manner. The outside case and consultation service includes reviews of specimens from patients being referred for treatment in these partner facilities, which provides an outstanding resource for fellows to observe materials and reports from a wide range of institutions. Department faculty also receive a substantial number of personal consultations from throughout the United States and around the world, giving fellows many very rare and unusual lesions to study and exposing trainees to the common diagnostic problems that community pathologists have difficulty resolving. Through these, the fellow learns diagnostic approaches taken by faculty and gain skill in interacting as a consultant with a referring pathologist.  Completion of the fellowship program requires fellows to complete at least two research projects with submission of manuscripts for publication. The program allows for two months of protected research time away from the clinical service.

Faculty
Liang Cheng, MD (Director)
John N. Eble, MD
David J. Grignon, MD
Thomas M. Ulbright, MD
Mohammed Idrees, MD
Helen Michael, MD.

Applicants must have completed two years of accredited anatomic pathology training and be able to obtain an Indiana medical license. Stipends are commensurate with the year of postgraduate training in pathology. To apply, prospective fellows must send curriculum vitae, a personal statement that outlines interests, and letter from most recent program director, and the names of three individuals who can provide references to Liang Cheng, MD, Director of Urologic Surgical Pathology.

The ACGME-accredited hematopathology fellowship program at IU School of Medicine is offered by the Division of Hematopathology in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This one-year program provides a broad-based training experience in hematopathology. The comprehensive diagnostic service consists of adult and pediatric hematopathology with wide variety of specimens, including bone marrows, lymph nodes, spleens and other tissues. The fellowship also includes designated rotations in general laboratory hematology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, molecular diagnostics and coagulation. Dedicated elective months are provided for research and additional diagnostic exposure. Hematopathology faculty in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are actively involved in clinically oriented research, particularly in the area of neoplastic hematopathology. Participation in departmental and clinical conferences is encouraged. The case material is derived from a 2900-bed medical center system with active hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant divisions.

Faculty
Magdalena Czader, MD, PhD (Director)
Mehdi Nassiri, MD
Shanxiang Zhang, MD, PhD
Jiehao Zhou, MD, PhD

Fellows are accepted for a training period of one year and must be Board-eligible or -certified in anatomic and clinical pathology or anatomic pathology. Salary levels are commensurate with the candidate’s training and experience. To apply, interested physicians must send a standardized CAP fellowship application, curriculum vitae, personal statement and three letters of reference to Magdalena Czader, MD, PhD, the Program Director.

A two-year neuropathology fellowship program is available at IU School of Medicine and its main clinical-teaching facilities on the Indianapolis campus. These facilities provide a large volume of surgical and autopsy cases in neuropathology and ocular pathology. Planning and participation in departmental and interdepartmental conferences are a part of the program as is the instruction of residents and medical students. Diagnostic neuropathology is generally emphasized during the first year. Active participation in research projects is the main goal during the second year. Research opportunities in a variety of areas are numerous and include Alzheimer’s disease, prion diseases and brain tumors. Optional one month rotations are available in neurology, neurosurgery and neuroradiology.

Faculty
Alexander Vortmeyer, MD, Program Director
Jose Bonnin, MD
Bernardino Ghetti, MD

Applicants must have completed two years of accredited anatomic pathology training. Applicants with board certification in clinical pathology or other specialties must have one year of accredited training in anatomical pathology. Stipends are commensurate with level of training. Reappointment to the second year is contingent upon successful completion of the first year. To apply, applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (including one from the current training director) to the Pathology Fellowship Coordinator, Beverly Jarrett, at bjarrett@iupui.edu.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a one-year Surgical Pathology fellowship. Fellows actively participate in all aspects of surgical pathology, including the sign-out of in-house and consultation cases as well as participation in an active frozen section service. The case material (approximately 70,000 cases) is enriched in oncological, transplantation-related and GI specimens that originate from eight hospitals. There is subspecialty sign-out in urological, hepatic and medical kidney that are available as electives. Attendance at teaching conferences, including a daily consensus conference, is expected. Participation in one or more research projects is encouraged. The department is based in a centralized state-of-the-art laboratory.

Faculty
Oscar Cummings, MD, Director
Sunil Badve, MD
José M. Bonnin, MD
Liang Cheng, MD
Magdalena Czader, MD, PhD
Rosen Dimitrov, MD
John Eble, MD, MBA, FRCPA
Robert Emerson, MD
David J. Grignon, MD
Muhammed Idrees, MD
Helen Michael, MD
Mehdi Nassiri, MD
Carrie Phillips, MD
Romil Saxena, MD
Thomas Ulbright, MD
Xiaoyan Wang, MD
Simon Warren, MD.

Applicants must have completed an AP or AP/CP ACGME-accredited pathology residency and hold (or be eligible for) a medical license in the state of Indiana. Stipends are commensurate with the year of postgraduate training in pathology. To apply, interested physicians should send the standard CAP fellowship application, current CV, personal statement and three letters of recommendation (including one from the current program director) to the Pathology Fellowship Coordinator, Beverly Jarrett, at bjarrett@iupui.edu.