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Clinical training

During a one-year Hematopathology Fellowship, or in the first year of a two-year Hematopathology Fellowship, you concentrate on diagnostic hematopathology. The schedule is designed to promote the development of a strong foundation and cultivate skills in the recognition and diagnosis of hematolymphoid disorders.

Depending on your previous experience and interests, you can add elective rotations in other areas such as:

  • Automated hematology
  • Bone marrow collections
  • Cytogenetics
  • Flow cytometry
  • Hemoglobinopathy
  • Hemostasis or thrombosis
  • Immunohistochemical stains
  • Molecular genetics
  • Red blood cell enzyme

Rotation schedule

A sample schedule:

Rotation Length
Orientation 1 week
Bone marrow rotations 18 weeks
Lymph node rotations 18 weeks
Flow cytometry 4 weeks
Molecular hematology 2 weeks
Cytogenetics 2 weeks
Coagulation 2 weeks
Metabolic hematology 1 week
Body fluids, fat aspirates, peripheral bloods 1 week
Elective 3 weeks
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Didactic training

Throughout the Hematopathology Fellowship, you participate in conferences held by the Division of Hematopathology and Division of Hematology. You can also take advantage of the numerous educational activities offered in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

Research training

During a two-year fellowship, your second year is devoted to research. Your research project may be in the basic sciences related to hematology, hemostasis and thrombosis, immunology, or genetics. Or, you may explore the application of a laboratory technique to the diagnosis and prognosis of hematologic disorders.

When you successfully complete your project, you have opportunities for publication and presentations at national meetings.


Fellows are formatively and summatively evaluated throughout each rotation, which may range in length from one to eight weeks. Evaluations are completed by consultants, allied health staff and residents.

Evaluations assess competence in:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

The program director meets quarterly with each fellow to discuss professional growth and review evaluations and feedback regarding clinical service responsibilities, education expectations, administrative expectations and scholarly activity.

July 14, 2015