Forensic Pathology

Description

UAB's Department of Pathology and the Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner's Office offer a one-year accredited fellowship training program in forensic pathology. The office draws all of its caseload from Jefferson County, which includes the city of Birmingham, and has a population base of approximately 660,000.  The office annually examines approximately 800 bodies, including approximately 100 homicides and 400 accidental deaths.

Complete scene investigations are routinely conducted by in-house investigators of homicidal, accidental, and suicidal deaths. All medical and police records are routinely obtained. The fellow will act as a functioning forensic pathologist and will be responsible, under supervision by staff pathologists, for scene investigations, complete postmortem examinations, report preparations, conferences with interested parties, and actual court testimony. Comprehensive backup in all medical specialties is readily available, as are opportunities for research and teaching. The office is well staffed and equipped, including complete photographic and x-ray facilities and a computer database of all records.

Requirements

Successful completion of accredited pathology residency training program in either anatomic pathology or anatomic/clinical pathology.

Stipends

Commensurate with year of postgraduate training, plus fringe benefits.

Applications:
Dr. Daniel Dye
Forensic Fellowship Director
Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner Office
1515 South Sixth Avenue
Room 220
Birmingham, AL 35233-1601
Phone: (205) 930-3603
Fax: (205) 930-3595
Email: dwdye@uabmc.edu  (mail to: dwdye@uabmc.edu)

Hematopathology

The Hematopathology Fellowship at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a one-year program which is fully accredited for subspecialty board certification.

Number of appointments per year - 2

Description:  The Hematopathology Fellowship at The University of Alabama (UAB) is a one-year program which is fully accredited for subspecialty board certification. The program includes experience in all major aspects of hematopathology, including morphology, immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry and diagnostic molecular biology approaches. There are an estimated 800 lymph node workups, 1200 bone marrow biopsies and 4000 flow cytometry cases per year. Additional material are received from outside institutions for immunohistochemistry, in-situ hybridization and flow cytometric analysis.

Material is derived from The University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics (which includes a Comprehensive Cancer Center, active myeloid /myeloma clinical trials program, organ transplantation program, and a major AIDS center), from the Birmingham VA Medical Center, from Children’s of Alabama, and from outside consultations. The fellow will be involved in research, either clinical or translational, during the fellowship year.

The program is directed by Vishnu V. B. Reddy, M.D.
Professor of Pathology, Interim Division Director of Anatomic Pathology.

Requirements:  Applicants must be Board eligible in Pathology

Stipends:  Salary levels are commensurate with the level of post graduate training. Also provided is a professional development fund.

Applications:  Submit application 12 to 18 months prior to initiation of training along with curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation, including one from current program director to: path-apfellowship@uabmc.edu.

Address letters of recommendation to: 
  Gene P. Siegal, M.D., Ph.D.
  Interim Chair, Department of Pathology
  Robert W. Mowry Endowed Professor of Pathology
  University of Alabama at Birmingham
  619 19th Street South, HSB 149K
  Birmingham, AL 35249-6823

Additional information can be obtained from:
  Program Coordinator:
  Telephone: (205) 975-8880
  Fax: (205) 975-PATH
  E-mail: path-apfellowship@uabmc.edu
  Website: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/pathology/fellowship-program

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

The Division of Laboratory Medicine of the Department of Pathology at UAB, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, offers a one-year fellowship in blood banking and transfusion medicine to prepare you fully for a career in this field.

Transfusion Medicine in the Magic City

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a major research institution, ranking among the nation’s top universities in terms of NIH funding. UAB Hospital is a nationally recognized tertiary care facility, with more than 1000 inpatient beds. Nestled within the lush green foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the modern city of Birmingham, UAB offers an opportunity to gain detailed knowledge and extensive experience in all aspects of transfusion medicine, while enjoying true Southern hospitality in a beautiful setting. The Division of Laboratory Medicine in the Department of Pathology at UAB, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, offers a one-year fellowship in blood banking and transfusion medicine to prepare you fully for a career in this field. 

Experience

UAB Hospital’s blood bank annually issues close to 30,000 units of leukoreduced red blood cells, 10,000 units of plasma, and 6,000 units of apheresis platelets. We provide transfusion support to patients of all ages, from newborns to adults with a variety of clinical conditions - including trauma, cardiovascular surgery and solid and stem cell transplants - which reflect UAB’s many unique patient services. In addition,

  • Thousands of inpatient surgical procedures are performed each year in state-of-art operating rooms with an attached “satellite” blood bank.  UAB has one of the world’s largest kidney transplant programs and is a national leader in liver, heart, and lung transplantation.
  • UAB Hospital is the only level I trauma center in the region and receives patients with massive injuries and/or burns from Alabama and neighbouring states.
  • The UAB Bone Marrow Transplant Program includes a 17-bed intensive care unit where nearly 100 transplants are performed each year. The needs of these patients, both before and after transplant, provide significant experience to the transfusion service technical and medical staff.
  • The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center care for patients with a variety of hematological and solid tumors. Many of these patients undergo various treatments and require lifesaving transfusions.
  • UAB physicians maintain specialty clinics that focus on high-risk pregnancy, sickle cell disease, and HIV infection among others.
Each year, transfusion medicine specialists consult and oversee more than 2000 therapeutic apheresis procedures, including extracorporeal photopheresis.  The fellow and pathology residents work closely together and have the opportunity to treat and follow patients with neurological disorders such as myasthenia gravis or Guillain-Barré syndrome, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, hyperviscosity syndrome, acute heart rejection episodes, and many other conditions.  The fellow is also involved with day-to-day clinical problems and will provide consultations on an on-call basis for transfusion-related issues. Besides a very comprehensive training, the UAB program provides the flexibility to accommodate each person’s particular areas of interest within the hospital’s patient needs.  The clinical experience is enhanced by the close proximity to the Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

Donor center experience is acquired at the American Red Cross, where preparation of the diverse blood components takes place. Other areas of training offered at UAB include stem cell collection, transplantation immunogenetics, and HLA. Many research opportunities are available both inside and outside the Department of Pathology. During the fellowship year, the fellow is expected to work on clinical research projects which will lead to scientific publications and presentations at national meetings.  The following is a list of published manuscripts authored by our fellows (in bold) over the last 5 years:

    1. Lima J, Reddy VV, Marques MB. Transfusion medicine illustrated. Systemic neutrophilic aggregates in  transfusion-related acute lung injury. Transfusion 2010;50:1427-8.
    2. Schmidt AE, Adamski J; Education Committee of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. Pathology consultation on transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI). Am J Clin Pathol. 2012;138:498-503.
    3. Goyal J, Adamski J, Lima JO, Marques MB.  Relapses of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura after treatment with rituximab. J Clin Apher 2013;28:390-4.
    4. Dasararaju R, Marques MB. Adverse effects of transfusion. Cancer Control 2015;22:16-25.
    5. Dasararaju R, Adamski J. Transfusion medicine illustrated: An unusual case of near-fatal hemolytic anemia treated with erythrocytapheresis and therapeutic plasma exchange. Transfusion. 2015;55:475.
Named “the Magic City” because of its explosive growth, today’s Birmingham is an exciting and progressive place to live and train. Nearly a million people live in the greater metropolitan area. Their warm hospitality complements the temperate climate and the beautiful setting.

Birmingham’s economy continues to grow in the areas of engineering, finance, telecommunications, and biomedical research. Health care and education have replaced other industries as Birmingham’s economic base, and UAB is the state’s largest employer. Birmingham also boasts exceptional museums, parks, historical landmarks, family attractions, concerts, festivals, and sporting events.


Primary Faculty: 
Marisa B. Marques, M.D.
Professor of Pathology and Program Director

Robin Lorenz, MD, PhD
Huy P. Pham, MD, MPH
Lance A. Williams, MD



Requirements: 
Candidates should be Board-eligible or Board-certified in Clinical Pathology or other major specialty board (Anesthesiology, Medicine, Pediatrics, etc) and have an unrestricted Alabama license.

Stipend: 
Commensurate with the year of postgraduate training.

Applications should be sent to:

Marisa B. Marques, MD
Program Director
University of Alabama Hospital
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
619 South 19th Street
Birmingham, AL 35249-7331
E-mail: PATH-TMFellow@uabmc.edu

Surgical Pathology

The Division of Anatomic Pathology at the University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham offers a one-year fellowship experience in Diagnostic Surgical Pathology.

Number of appointments per year – 2

Description:  The Division of Anatomic Pathology at the University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, offers one-year fellowship experience in Diagnostic Surgical Pathology. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Surgical Pathology laboratory performs more than 40,000 evaluations per year, which cover the entire breadth and depth of clinical material. There are especially strong services in Surgical Oncology, GYN Oncology, Musculoskeletal Oncology, ENT Oncology, Transplant Pathology, and GI diseases including the liver. Opportunities for elective rotations in subspecialty areas in Cytopathology, Hematopathology, and Molecular Pathology exist.   Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing basic, translational or applied research projects in collaboration with the more than two dozen faculty members in the Division. Rotations are entirely at The University of Alabama Hospital. For those having an interest in Pediatric Surgical Pathology, a selected rotation at Children’s of Alabama (adjacent to UAB Hospital) is possible.

This program is directed by Shi Wei, MD, PhD, 
Associate Professor, Section Head of Surgical Pathology

Requirements:  MD degree, license to practice medicine in the State of Alabama, and completion of pathology core requirements (3 yrs of AP or 4 yrs of combined AP/CP training). Most fellows are in their 5th postgraduate level of training.

Stipends: Salary levels are commensurate with the level of postgraduate training. A professional development fund is also provided..

Applications:  Submit application 12 to 18 months prior to initiation of training along with curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation, including one from current program director to: path-apfellowship@uabmc.edu.

Address letters of recommendation to: 
  Gene P. Siegal, M.D., Ph.D.
  Interim Chair, Department of Pathology
  Robert W. Mowry Endowed Professor of Pathology
  University of Alabama at Birmingham
  619 19th Street South, HSB 149K
  Birmingham, AL 35249-6823

Additional information can be obtained from:
  Program Coordinator:
  Telephone: (205) 975-8880
  Fax: (205) 975-PATH
  E-mail: path-apfellowship@uabmc.edu
  Websitehttp://www.uab.edu/medicine/pathology/fellowship-program

Cytopathology

The Division of Anatomic Pathology at the University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, offers a one-year ACGME-approved fellowship experience in Cytopathology.

Number of appointments per year - 2

Description:  The Division of Anatomic Pathology at the University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, offers a one-year ACGME-approved fellowship experience in Cytopathology. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Cytopathology laboratory performs approximately 14,000 tests PAP per year, with both conventional and liquid based gynecologic cases, including approximately 1,800 fluids, 3,400 FNAs and 800 EUS-FNAs and 2,000 pulmonary cases per year. Fellows participate in colposcopy, breast and endoscopic ultrasound clinics. Opportunities for elective rotation in subspecialty areas of surgical pathology are available. Participation in ongoing clinical studies and translational research is also encouraged. Rotations are entirely at the University of Alabama Hospital.

This program is directed by Isam-Eldin Eltoum, M.D., M.B.A.
Professor of Pathology and Section Head of Cytopatholog

Requirements:  Applicants must be AP or AP/CP Board eligible, or Board certified.  Graduates of medical schools approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and those who are Board certified will be given preference. Most fellows are in their 4th or 5th postgraduate year.

Stipends:  Salary levels are commensurate with the level of post-graduate training. Also, provided is a professional development fund.

Applications:  Submit application 12 to 18 months prior to initiation of training along with curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation, including one from current program director to: path-apfellowship@uabmc.edu.

Address letters of recommendation to: 
   Gene P. Siegal, M.D., Ph.D.
   Interim Chair, Department of Pathology
   Robert W. Mowry Endowed Professor of Pathology
   University of Alabama at Birmingham
   619 19th Street South, HSB 149K
   Birmingham, AL 35249-6823

 Additional information can be obtained from:
   Program Coordinator:
   Telephone: (205) 975-8880
   Fax: (205) 975-PATH
   E-mail: path-apfellowship@uabmc.edu
   Websitehttp://www.uab.edu/medicine/pathology/fellowship-program

Neuropathology

The neuropathology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is accredited by the ACGME and meets the requirements towards Board certification in neuropathology.

Description: 
The neuropathology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is accredited by the ACGME and meets the requirements towards board certification in neuropathology. The program accepts one fellow in each year of training for the two-year fellowship program. We seek to train pathologists or other physicians with appropriate neuroscience training for careers in academic neuropathology. One year of fellowship is on clinical service and the second year provided as a year of research experience. The UAB Division of Neuropathology has a broad catchment area, with specimens originating from University Hospital, the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Children's of Alabama Hospital, and the Medical Examiner's System of Alabama, as well as an active consultation service. Research opportunities in many different disciplines are available, with numerous neuroscience subcenters in the University.

Requirements: 
Board eligibility or certification in anatomic pathology or AP/CP; additionally, a license to practice medicine in Alabama, which requires successful completion of USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3, is needed.

Stipends: 
Commensurate with year of postgraduate training.

Application: 
Curriculum vitae should be sent to:

Kenneth Fallon, M.D.
Director, Neuropathology Fellowship
University of Alabama at Birmingham
508 20th Street South, HSB 175
Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: (205) 934-2164 
Fax: (205) 975-7548 
Email: path-npfellowship@uabmc.edu

Coordinator: Rhonda Carr
Phone: (205) 934-2164
Fax: (205) 975-7548
Email: path-npfellowship@uabmc.edu

Dermatopathology

Since ERAS is no longer available for Dermatopathology, we are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Dermatopathology Fellowship Program, directly.  You may contact Regina Farmer, our Dermatopathology Fellowship Coordinator by e-mail at rlfarmer@uab.edu  for all inquiries.  The deadline for submitting application requirements is December 1, 2013.

This one-year ACGME dermatopathology fellowship is sponsored jointly by the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. It is designed to provide intensive training in dermatopathology for board-certified/eligible graduates of Dermatology and Pathology programs. Experience in the techniques of immunohistochemistry as it pertains to dermatopathology will be provided, as well as appropriate training in pathology for those with a dermatology background and in dermatology for pathology graduates. The fellow will be expected to identify areas of interest in the specialty and pursue them through a clinical/basic research project. The program is led by director Andrzej Slominski, MD, PhD, Professor of Dermatology and Pathology and Peter Pavlidakey, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pathology.

Requirements: Candidates must be board-certified or eligible for certification in Anatomic Pathology, AP/CP or Dermatology.

Stipends: Salary levels are commensurate with postgraduate year and are set by the UAB GME office.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Dermatopathology Fellowship Program. You may contact Regina Farmer, Dermatopathology Fellowship Coordinator, by email at rlfarmer@uabmc.edu for all inquiries. Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible.

Molecular/Genetic Pathology

The Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship at The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a one-year program which is fully accredited for subspecialty board certification.

Description of Program:  The University of Alabama at Birmingham Departments of Pathology and Genetics jointly offer a one-year ACGME accredited clinical fellowship in molecular genetic pathology. The fellowship is designed to train academically oriented pathologists and medical geneticists for a career in molecular genetic pathology, including hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, identity testing, molecular diagnostics of Mendelian disorders, cytogenetics, and medical genetics. After completion of this program, the fellow will be eligible to take the Molecular Genetic Pathology board examination cosponsored by ABP and ABMG.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Departments of Pathology and Genetics jointly offer a one-year ACGME accredited clinical fellowship in molecular genetic pathology. The fellowship is designed to train academically oriented pathologists and medical geneticists for a career in molecular genetic pathology, including hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, identity testing, molecular diagnostics of Mendelian disorders, cytogenetics, and medical genetics. After completion of this program, the fellow will be eligible to take the Molecular Genetic Pathology board examination cosponsored by ABP and ABMG.

Requirements: Completed residency training in AP, CP, AP/CP or medical genetics and Alabama medical licensure

Stipends: Salary levels are commensurate with the level of post graduate training. Also, provided is a professional development fund.

Applications: Submit application 12 to 18 months prior to initiation of training along with curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation, including one from current program director to: path-apfellowship@uabmc.edu.

Address letters of recommendation to: 
   Gene P. Siegal, M.D., Ph.D.
   Interim Chair, Department of Pathology
   Robert W. Mowry Endowed Professor of Pathology
   University of Alabama at Birmingham
   619 19th Street South, HSB 149K
   Birmingham, AL 35249-6823

Additional information can be obtained from:
  Program Coordinator:
  Telephone: (205) 975-8880
  Fax: (205) 975-PATH
  E-mail: path-apfellowship@uabmc.edu
  Website: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/pathology/fellowship-program