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In this fellowship, you will learn techniques for fresh gross examination, frozen section interpretation, and permanent section Hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) diagnostic skills. You also will learn the utilization and interpretation of special techniques, such as immunohistochemistry.

Supervision and instruction are supplied by 40 staff consultants.

Clinical Training
Your rotation schedule will include several months devoted to intensive training in our frozen section labs where examination of both routine and unusual neoplastic and non-neoplastic specimens are examined.
Elective months are also offered in our subspecialty areas including:

  • Breast pathology
  • Cardiovascular pathology
  • Cytopathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Endocrine pathology
  • Gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathology
  • Genitourinary pathology
  • Gynecologic pathology
  • Head and neck pathology
  • Hematopathology
  • Molecular genetics, cytogenetics and flow cytometry
  • Neuropathology
  • Ophthalmic pathology
  • Pulmonary pathology
  • Renal pathology

Didactic Training
All residents and fellows attend an integrated didactic core lecture series that covers a range of topics in anatomic and clinical pathology. There is also a monthly education conference in surgical pathology where periodically you will be expected to present material. An extensive teaching file 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 limitless opportunities for research projects. We also collaborate with large, active clinical and research groups in all subspecialty areas. Core science laboratories are located in the same building as the pathology division, providing access to techniques such as microdissection, molecular genetics, cytogenetics and flow cytometry.

In addition, you are encouraged to assist with teaching and the development of clinicopathologic studies for presentation and publication.


Fellows are evaluated at the completion of each rotation block, which may range in length from four to eight weeks. Evaluations assess fellow competence in patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement; and interpersonal and communication skills.

The program director meets with each fellow quarterly to review their evaluations and discuss professional growth. In addition, allied health staff and residents are asked to evaluate the fellow's performance periodically.

Fellows are able to view their evaluations electronically. Final written summative evaluations are completed for each fellow upon completion of the program.

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