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Hematopathology Fellowship (Minnesota)

Program Description
The Mayo Clinic offers a one- or two-year Hematopathology Fellowship Program that will prepare you for a career in the diagnostic and research aspects of hematopathology. Your training will combine lymph node and bone marrow pathology with experience in a busy clinical laboratory, and you will have the opportunity to study a wide variety of hematologic and lymphoid disorders.

During your training, you will be exposed to the entire spectrum of laboratory hematology, including:

  • Automated cell counting
  • Reticulocyte counting
  • Morphologic evaluation of blood smears and bone marrow specimens
  • Detection and characterization of red blood cell abnormalities, including
    hemoglobinopathies, thalassemias, enzyme deficiencies and membrane disorders
  • Thrombosis and hemostasis
  • Lymph node pathology

In addition, the ancillary techniques of cytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, flourescence in situ hybridization and molecular genetics will be an integral part of the fellowship.

Additional training in the areas of transfusion medicine and/or cytogenetics is possible.


When you successfully complete this program, you will meet the hematology certification requirements of The American Board of Pathology.


This fellowship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program History

The Hematopathology Fellowship was accredited in 1990 and since that time, 15 trainees have completed their training in this program. It is anticipated that one or two fellows will complete Mayo Clinic's Hematopathology Fellowship each year.


Fellows are evaluated at the completion of each rotation, which may range in length from four to eight weeks. Evaluations assess fellow competence in (1) patient care; (2) medical knowledge; (3) professionalism; (4) systems-based practice; (5) practice-based learning and improvement; and (6) interpersonal and communication skills.

At least two times per year the program director meets with each fellow 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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