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.

Training includes didactic courses, selected laboratory rotations and an in-depth research experience. The fellow will gain experience in a broad range of molecular techniques including nucleic acid extraction and amplification (PCR, RT-PCR, real-time PCR, NASBA, SDA, and hybrid capture), Southern blotting, sequencing, capillary electrophoresis, traditional cytogenetics, FISH, and microarray technology. Trainees are expected to function as junior attendings and will be actively involved in test development, performance, preparation of report of sign-out, participation in clinic/inpatient visits and clinical consultation. Fellows are also exposed to administrative aspects of directing a modern molecular diagnostics laboratory. Opportunities for research experience are available in the first and subsequent years.

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

Numbers of appointments: One to two fellows are selected each year.

Length of Program: 12 months.

Stipends: Salary levels are commensurate with the level of post graduate training.

Shuko Harada, MD – Program Director
Bruce Korf, MD, PhD - Assistant Director
C Bruce Alexander, MD
Gene P Siegal, MD, PhD
John Smith, MD, PhD, MMM -
William Benjamin, PhD
Ludwine Messiaen, PhD
Jon Daniel Sharer, PhD
Andrew Carroll, PhD
Edwin Lose, PhD

Coordinator: Sandy Cummings
Tel: (205) 975-8323
Fax: (205) 975-5242

Applications should be submitted to:

Attention:  Gene P. Siegal, M.D., Ph.D.
Robert W. Mowry Endowed Professor and Director
Director, Division of Anatomic Pathology
HSB 149M, 508 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL  35249

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