Clinical training

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Frozen section/resection laboratory

There were more than 2,100 frozen sections performed at Mayo Clinic in Florida in 2012. The surgical pathology fellow is expected to assist the pathology assistants with selection of frozen section tissue in challenging cases. The fellow will review the rest of the case the following day when permanent sections are processed and will sign the case out after slides and special stains, if applicable, are reviewed.

Biopsy service

The surgical pathology fellow acts as an attending physician and receives a portion of the daily biopsy workload. These biopsies include specimens from gastroenterology, gynecology, urology, pulmonology, hepatology, transplant services and more. The fellow is expected to review the relevant clinical history and the slides and render a diagnosis. The cases are reviewed with an attending pathologist.

Outside consult service

Mayo Clinic in Florida received more than 2,700 outside consult cases in the last year. The surgical pathology fellow reviews these cases, along with the relevant clinical information, and renders a diagnosis. The cases are reviewed with an attending pathologist. These cases vary in specialty and can be biopsies or surgical cases.

Rotation schedule

Surgical Pathology rotations are divided into monthly blocks:

Rotation Length
Frozen section/resection service 4 months
Biopsy service 4 months
Outside consult service 1 month
Research 1 month
Electives 2 months


There are several surgical pathologists at Mayo Clinic in Florida who are involved in research projects in several specialty areas. The surgical pathology fellow is expected to participate in a research project or, if he or she prefers, can write a peer-reviewed article or poster for publication.


There are several surgical pathologists with specialty training at Mayo Clinic in Florida. The surgical pathology fellow is encouraged to select specialty areas to enhance during this elective time. Cases are reviewed with an attending pathologist.

Available areas of focus include:

  • Breast
  • Cytopathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Gynecologic
  • Head and neck
  • Hematopathology
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Neuropathology
  • Pulmonary
  • Renal
  • Transplant
  • Urologic

Didactic training

Fellows are expected to attend several conferences related to general surgical pathology. They include a breast multidisciplinary conference, a liver multidisciplinary conference, a tumor board, a hematopathology conference and a sarcoma conference.

Fellows are encouraged to attend the resident core curriculum lecture series. Delivered once a month, the series covers a range of topics in anatomic pathology.

Fellows also have access to an evolving teaching file that contains glass slides demonstrating the entire spectrum of neoplastic and non-neoplastic pathological diseases.

Research training

The wealth of surgical pathology material at Mayo Clinic offers abundant opportunities for research projects. Mayo Clinic researchers collaborate with large active clinical and research groups in several subspecialty areas.

Surgical pathology fellows are required to invest time in research and professional articles. When assigned to research, the surgical pathology fellow:

  • Presents research findings at interdepartmental and interdisciplinary conferences
  • Contributes to the education of medical students, residents and other health care providers

Call frequency

No call is required for this program.

Teaching opportunities

The surgical pathology fellows are involved in several interdisciplinary conferences and are expected to educate the other medical subspecialties on subjects of discussion.


Fellows participate in intra- and interdepartmental conferences, as well as several subspecialty conferences including a monthly CME-accredited national, multi-institutional (eight sites), multidisciplinary sarcoma tumor board.


Fellows are formally evaluated by core faculty members at the end of each rotation. Fellows also have the opportunity to evaluate faculty to ensure the expectation of educational goals is being met.

May 03, 2013