The aim of Penn State Dermatopathology fellowship is to train physicians to excel in clinical dermatopathology. This is accomplished by providing an environment that encourages personal growth and inquiry, and scientific discovery. Critical and analytical skills necessary for the acquisition of new medical information are developed. Fellows will acquire a comprehensive fund of knowledge essential for the diagnosis and management of the wide variety of entities encountered in clinical dermatopathology. The fellow will be exposed to the subject matter necessary for passing the certifying examination.
To accomplish this, a faculty dedicated to patient care, teaching, research, and intellectual curiosity will provide the infrastructure for the fellowship learning experience. The fellow will be expected to be self-motivated, collegial, and exhibit the highest levels of personal integrity. Fellows must be responsive to guidance, invest the time and effort necessary for independent learning, and be dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care.
Fellows will be spending ½ of their time in dermatopathology sign out. The fellow will be expected to formulate a diagnosis and a differential diagnosis in all cases before the supervising attending signs out. With approximately 20,000 accessions per year, the fellow will be exposed to a variety of common and uncommon diseases. The fellow will also be responsible for dictation of over 400 consult cases received from other pathologists and dermatopathologists. The three staff dermatopathologists have an extensive teaching collection of interesting cases that the fellow will be expected to review. All fellows will be expected to perform research and publish a research project based upon their interests. The department of Pathology has internal grants available for funding projects requiring monetary support, along with a full time research technician.
Additional Training of Dermatology Trained Fellows
The fellow will spend one morning a week in the surgical pathology gross room where the fellow will participate in gross dissection, especially specimens of interest to dermatopathology such as skin, soft tissue, and lymph nodes. Two mornings a week will be spent participating in surgical pathology sign out. One morning a week the fellow will have elective time to participate in subspecialty sign out of interest such as hematopathology, cytology and neuropathology. Throughout the year the fellow will participate in any autopsies with dermatologic findings or diseases of interest.
Additional Training of Pathology Trained Fellows
Pathology trained fellows will spend 3 (½) days a week in Dermatology clinic. In these clinics the fellow will see patients, write the notes, dictate referral letters, write the prescriptions, and be responsible for follow up just like a first year Dermatology resident This active learning rather than passive observation will help provide a good clinical foundation for a career in dermatopathology. One half day a week will be open for elective time in Moh’s surgery, or other specialty clinics of interest.
In Summary, the fellow regardless of his or her background should receive an excellent training in Dermatopathology which should serve as a solid foundation for a future career in either private practice or academics.
Fellows will be required to participate in the weekly Dermatology journal club, the weekly dermatopathology conference, the monthly Dermatology grand rounds, monthly Dermatology patient conference, and monthly Dermatology consult conference. The fellows will be responsible for presenting the pathology for the Dermatology grand rounds and discussing clinical-pathologic correlation (Dermatopathology attending physicians are always in attendance at these sessions). The fellow will also prepare brief (5 -10 minute) discussions of topics to be covered during the weekly dermatopathology conference.
The Milton S. Hershey Medical center has numerous other conferences the fellow will be able to attend if the conference is of interest or pertaining to dermatopathology. Some of the pathology conferences include:
|Name of Conference||Frequency Held||Individual(s) or Department Responsible for Organization of Sessions|
|Department of Pathology Conferences:|
|Gross Pathology Conference||Weekly||Drs. Zaino and Ruggiero|
|Surgical Pathology Conference||Weekly||Dr. Crist|
|Didactic lecture series||Weekly||Chief resident (primarily given by faculty)|
|Journal Club||Quarterly||Dr. Nifong|
|Clinical Pathology Conference||Bi-weekly|
|Lunch with the Program Director, Chair, and Division Chiefs||Monthly||Chief Resident|
|Pediatric Mortality Conference||Monthly||Faculty and Residents|
|Hematology Conference||Bi-monthly||Dr. Nifong|
|Breast Conference||Weekly||Dr. Han|
|Renal Biopsy||Monthly||Drs. Abendroth and Abt|
|ENT Tumor Board||Monthly||Chief Resident|
|Bone Conference||Monthly||Dr. Frauenhoffer|
|GI Tumor Board||Monthly||Dr. Ruggiero|
|Lymphoma Conference||Weekly||Dr. Bayerl|
|Dermatopathology||Weekly||Drs. Helm, Ioffreda, Clarke|
|Pulmonary Pathology Conference||Monthly||Dr. Zander|
|GI Fellows' Conference||Monthly||Dr. Ruggiero|
This is a fully-funded one year ACGME-accredited position that includes training in all aspects of Dermatopathology. Faculty include three academic Dermatopathologists, and academic anatomic pathologists and dermatologists. The service accessions over 20,000 cases per year, including in-house and referred samples. Applicants should be board-certified or board-eligible in either Anatomic Pathology or Dermatology.
Our application process is NOW OPEN for our 2015-2016 Dermatopathology Fellowship position. The application deadline is September 30, 2013.
To apply, please forward your complete application electronically via email to email@example.com. Your complete application will include: CAP Standardized Pathology Fellowship Application, a cover letter with personal statement, curriculum vitae, a copy of USMLE test scores (or equivalent), a letter of recommendation and verification of training from current/most recent program director, and two to three additional letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be sent under separate cover directly from your referees but should still be sent electronically.
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of The Pennsylvania State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer; Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply