The Department of Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offers a one-year fellowship program in gastrointestinal pathology. 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 gastrointestinal, pancreatic and hepatic neoplasms, and non-neoplastic diseases. It emphasizes a multidisciplinary team approach to patient management as well as clinicopathologic and translational research. A wealth of interesting and challenging in-house and submitted consultation case material is available for study, as are comprehensive slide study sets. The gastrointestinal pathology team is fully subspecialized and responsible for all gastrointestinal, hepatic, and pancreatic pathology cases. The program includes a three-month rotation in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center, where the case material includes a substantial amount of non-neoplastic gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology.
Gastrointestinal Pathology Staff
Goals and Objectives
- To increase experience with gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and hepatic tumors, their precursors, and their mimics
- To increase experience with the diagnosis of non-neoplastic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver
- To develop an understanding of special techniques in the pathologic characterization of gastrointestinal diseases
- To develop an understanding of the clinical features of gastrointestinal, hepatic, and pancreatic diseases, including diagnostic evaluation of patients, treatment algorithms, and tumor-staging parameters and prognostic indices
- To develop an appreciation of the multidisciplinary team approach to the treatment of patients with these diseases
- To enhance teaching abilities through the interaction with pathology trainees, students, and clinicians
- To develop appreciation for research techniques and utilize these techniques to complete research projects.
Gastrointestinal pathology fellows will review slides and prepare reports for selected in-house and submitted consultation cases, with increasing independence as the fellowship progresses. The fellows will be significantly involved in teaching pathology residents, surgical pathology fellows, and medical students. Their responsibilities will include the supervision of trainees in the handling of specimens, assistance to trainees in the preparation of cases, and participation in intradepartmental teaching conferences and journal clubs. Numerous interdisciplinary conferences are held regularly with various members of the institutions’ gastrointestinal disease management teams, and the fellows will review cases and present them at conferences such as tumor boards, gastroenterology fellows’ conferences, and tumor-staging conferences.
Gastrointestinal pathology fellows will engage in both independent and collaborative research. The fellows will select a limited number of primary research projects to pursue under the guidance of the attending faculty. Collaboration with members of other departments may be sought as necessary. The fellows will prepare research proposals, participate in and coordinate the completion of projects, compile and analyze the data from these studies, and prepare abstracts for submission to scientific meetings. The fellows will prepare presentations of the data and compile manuscripts for submission to scientific journals. The fellows will also participate in activities such as tissue procurement, review of archival pathology cases, and correlation of pathologic data with clinical outcomes and other data.
Stipend and Maintenance
The stipend is commensurate with the year of the applicant’s postgraduate training. Nearby housing is available with rents that are comparable to NYC market rates; professional liability insurance and health coverage are provided free of charge.
Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases is a 425-bed hospital devoted to the care of patients with neoplastic diseases. The hospital is part of the Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, which also includes Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. There is an affiliation and close interaction between the clinical and research units of the Center and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, as well as with The Rockefeller University.