Surgical pathology fellow in laboratory

Clinical training

Frozen section/resection laboratory

Surgical Pathology fellows are expected to assist the pathology assistants with selection of frozen section tissue in challenging cases. The fellow reviews the rest of the case the following day when permanent sections are processed and signs 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

The fellow reviews 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 Fellowship 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


A number of surgical pathologists are involved in research projects in various specialty areas at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Fellows are expected to participate in research projects or, if they prefer, can write a peer-reviewed article or poster for publication.


There are several surgical pathologists with specialty training at the Jacksonville campus of Mayo Clinic. Fellows are 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

Call frequency

No call is required for this program.

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.

Fellows are required to invest time in research and professional articles. When assigned to research, trainees:

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

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.

Trainees 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.


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

Teaching opportunities

Fellows are involved in several interdisciplinary conferences and are expected to educate the other medical subspecialties on subjects of discussion.


To confirm that fellows acquire adequate knowledge and develop the appropriate technical skills to meet program expectations, performance is monitored carefully throughout the Surgical Pathology Fellowship. Trainees are evaluated formally by core faculty members at the end of each rotation and meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, fellows evaluate the faculty to ensure that their educational goals are being met.

March 15, 2017