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.