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Cytopathology Fellowship

Overview of the Cytopathology Fellowship

The ACGME approved Cytopathology fellowship is a one-year program designed to provide eligibility for the American Board of Pathology specialized examination in Cytopathology. This fellowship is available to qualified, anatomic pathology, or anatomic/clinical pathology board-eligible pathologists.

The program is designed to prepare the trainee to direct a university-based or private practice cytology laboratory.

Güliz A. Barkan, MD, FIAC, FCAP
Professor of Pathology and Urology
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Pathology
Director of Cytopathology
Program Director, Cytopathology Fellowship

Responsibilities of Cytopathology Fellows

The fellow is expected to become proficient, not only in clinical and laboratory evaluations of patients, but also in the evaluation of pathologic materials. Additional expectations include proficiency in the use of instruments and equipment required for diagnostic laboratory studies and in the management of a cytology laboratory.

In developing necessary skills, the fellow will have teaching responsibilities which involve the education of medical students, residents in pathology or other medical specialties and technologists. This educational service is invaluable to a state-of-the-art cytology laboratory.

The fellow will be responsible for:

  • Daily sign-out of clinical workload
  • Acquisition and interpretation of fine needle aspiration biopsies
  • Participation in cytology quality assurance program
  • Development of technical skills:
    • clinical specimen preparation and routine staining
    • special histochemical stains
    • immunocytochemistry
  • Participation in intra-/interdepartmental conferences
  • Participation in local, regional, and national cytology societies and meetings
  • Histologic and cytologic correlation

Cytopathology Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities include the application of liquid based technology to the diagnosis of cervical lesions, HPV-testing, the role of molecular studies in FNA cytopathology, the application of flow cytometry and cytogenetic techniques to the study of body cavity fluids and solid tumors, and new diagnostic modalities via telepathology. The fellows are expected to complete at least one research project during the fellowship year.

Thank you for your interest in the Cytopathology fellowship training at Loyola University of Chicago.

Required and recommended criteria for the Cytopathology Fellowship position. We look forward to receiving your application.

  • USMLE Steps I through III should be passed before the start of the fellowship
  • Having a strong surgical pathology background is highly recommended
  • Membership to professional societies promoting the field of cytopathology, such as the American Society of Cytopathology, is recommended

For initial application we will need three letters of recommendation, Step III results, and a CV. Please forward the following items to the attention of Ela Stekala by November 30th. Current CV with personal statement (can be faxed)

  1. Completed application form (print and mail or fax)
  2. Two (2) wallet size photographs
  3. Official Graduate School/Medical School transcripts
  4. Copy of Graduate School/Medical School Diploma, if awarded. Foreign medical graduates must have a medical degree from a school listed in the World Health Organization Director of Medical Schools, have fulfilled all educational requirements to practice medicine in the country where the degree was obtained, and hold a valid license for same.
  5. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation from Clinical Faculty Members addressed to the Program Director: Güliz Barkan, MD
  6. Sample of writing skills (i.e.abstracts, articles, protocols, etc.), if available.
  7. Copy of valid license to practice if available.
  8. USMLE Scores, I, II, and III. (mailed or faxed)

All foreign medical graduates must provide copies of:

  1. A valid ECFMG Certificate.
  2. A valid VISA or proof of U.S. Citizenship. We sponsor J1 visas only.

A valid Illinois state license is mandatory for you to begin training here at Loyola. The licensure process will begin after acceptance in the program. If you would like preliminary information regarding the licensure procedure and requirements, it can be obtained from:

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
320 W. Washington St.
, 3rd Floor

Springfield, IL 62786