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Surgical Pathology Fellowship

Harry Cooper, pathologist

Program Director:
Douglas B. Flieder, MD, Chief of Surgical Pathology

At Fox Chase Cancer Center, pathology fellows are exposed to the specialized pathology of tumors and cancer-related conditions. The primary experience of the fellows is in the hands-on day-to-day dealing with surgical material, including institutional consultation cases. Ample time for scholarly activities is facilitated by two full-time pathologists' assistants who handle gross room activities, including frozen section preparation.

Fox Chase is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Department of Pathology directs anatomic pathology and ancillary services, as well as the clinical laboratory. The philosophy of the department is to provide high quality diagnostic service and to foster the clinical and research missions of the institution.

Anatomic Pathology

The department examines approximately 12,000 surgical cases and 4,000 non-GYN cytology cases per year, all of which are cancer related. Three oncologic surgical pathology fellowship positions are available. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis of common and uncommon adult malignancies. Services in histology, cytology, immunohistochemistry, molecular pathology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics and molecular genetics provide up-to-date resources for diagnosis and research purposes.

Educational Goals and Philosophy

The fellowship program is designed to provide in-depth experience in the pathology of tumors. The pathology material varies in scope, and the program provides ample exposure to a wide variety of tumors and tumor-like conditions. The main emphasis of the program is on diagnosis. There is an open door policy throughout the department, and fellows have ready access to the senior staff at all times. Our being a relatively small department is conducive to this intimate approach to education.

Rotation

Surgical pathology at Fox Chase is the required rotation for ten months of the year (one month may be spent at Thomas Jefferson University, and one month is elective time). At Fox Chase, fellows are exposed to the specialized pathology of tumors and cancer-related conditions. The primary experience of the fellows is in the hands-on day-to-day dealing with surgical material, including institutional consultation cases. Ample time for scholarly activities is facilitated by three full- time pathologists' assistants who handle gross room activities, including frozen section preparation.

The experience of the fellows in oncologic surgical pathology is progressive, with the final objective being to function comfortably as independent consultants in charge of the diagnosis of neoplastic processes and other problems associated with cancer. Fellows take more responsibility and personal action in the handling and diagnosis of cases as the fellowship year progresses.

Application Information

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 academic year. Please complete the application and return it along with:

  • A copy of your CV
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

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Contact Information

Lori Schaffert
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Phone: 215-728-5279
Fax: 215-728-2899
path.fellowship@fccc.edu