The Department of Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offers one-year Breast Pathology Fellowship positions. All fellows should have completed residency training in anatomic pathology and be certified (or eligible for certification) by the American Board of Pathology.
The fellowship focuses on the characterization of mammary neoplasms and non-neoplastic diseases and emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient management. Clinicopathologic and translational research is also an integral part of the training. The breast pathology fellows work closely with a cadre of breast pathology experts. The case material at MSK is especially complex and challenging and consists of both in-house specimens and submitted consultations. The breast pathology fellows actively participate in all clinical activities and present cases at the weekly multidisciplinary conference. The fellows are based at the state-of-the-art Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, and benefit from close interaction with a team of outstanding clinicians who specialize in the treatment of breast cancer patients. Selective rotations in the departments of surgery, radiology and radiation oncology enhance the understanding of the clinical aspects of breast diseases, and their implications for the practicing pathologist.
Length of Program
Number of Positions
Three (One International) – Positions Filled for 2020
How to Apply
Once applicants have submitted their applications, they will need to send the following documents in order to be considered for a fellowship position:
- Three letters of recommendation from an institution in which the applicant has trained. Letters should be addressed to Hannah Wen the program director. Please request letter writers add the following line after the heading (RE: Candidates Name, Program & Year Applying to)
- Copy of a medical school diploma and translation, if necessary.
- International medical school graduates must submit a copy of their Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate that is marked “valid indefinitely”
Goals and Objectives
- Gain experience in the diagnosis of neoplastic diseases of the breast and their mimics.
- Gain experience in the diagnosis of precursors of mammary neoplasia.
- Gain experience in the diagnosis of non-neoplastic lesions of the breast and their mimics.
- Develop an understanding of special techniques for pathologic characterization of diseases of the breast.
- Develop an understanding of the clinical features of breast diseases, including diagnostic evaluation of patients, treatment algorithms, tumor staging parameters and prognostic indices.
- Develop an appreciation of the multidisciplinary team approach for the treatment of patients with breast disease.
- Enhance teaching skills through interaction with pathology, surgery and radiology fellows, students, and clinicians.
- Develop appreciation for research methodology and utilize analytical techniques to complete research projects.
The breast pathology fellows will review slides and prepare reports for selected in-house and submitted consultation cases, with increasing autonomy as the fellowship progresses. Responsibilities also include supervision of trainees, pathologist assistants and rotating visitors and participation in intradepartmental teaching conferences and journal club presentations. The fellows will present cases at the weekly multidisciplinary breast conference, and attend the intradepartmental breast pathology consensus conference and research meetings. The fellows will also participate in activities such as tissue procurement and review of archival pathology cases.
The breast pathology fellows will engage in both independent and collaborative research, select a limited number of primary research projects and pursue them under the guidance of the attending faculty. The fellows will prepare research proposals, participate in and coordinate the completion of projects, compile and analyze the data from these studies, prepare abstracts for submission to scientific meetings, and compile manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed scientific journals.
For Further Information
For questions regarding this fellowship please refer to our contact information below. Applications should be submitted no later than September 30 of two years before planned start date at the address listed below and consist of a curriculum vitae and at least three letters of reference.