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Surgical Pathology Fellowship

Overview of the Surgical Pathology Fellowship

The surgical pathology fellowship at Loyola University medical center is a one-year, non-ACGME accredited program available to qualified, licensed AP or AP/CP board-eligible/certified pathologists.

The program is designed to provide ample exposure to surgical pathology material at Loyola University Medical Center.  The Division of Surgical Pathology accessions over 30,000 cases per year.  The fellowship year allows fellows to enhance their diagnostic skills and increase their confidence in handling a wide variety of complex surgical cases. The core surgical pathology rotations include: gastrointestinal/liver pathology, genitourinary/soft tissue pathology, as well as head and neck pathology, breast and gynecological pathology, and frozen sections.   There is also the possibility of  individualized training, focusing on a specific area of surgical pathology such as gastro-intestinal/liver pathology, genitourinary/soft tissue pathology or other areas, as desired; opportunities for training in neuropathology, renal pathology and solid organ transplant pathology are also available.

Program Director
Maria M. Picken, MD, PhD

Responsibilities of Surgical Pathology Fellows

The fellow trainee’s service responsibilities in surgical pathology include microscopic review of cases and dictation of final diagnosis prior to the final sign-out session with the resident and assigned attending.  As the fellow progresses in training, he or she will be given more responsibility in signing out cases and handling frozen sections. The fellow will also be involved in QA evaluation.


The fellow will participate in departmental teaching activities for residents and medical students. Fellows routinely participate in clinicopathologic conferences and tumor boards.  The fellows are required to make a 30 minute departmental presentation during our AP/CP conference (two presentations per year).

Surgical Pathology Research Opportunities

The trainee is strongly encouraged to conduct at least one clinically-related project in surgical pathology and to submit research for presentation at national meetings.

Thank you for your interest in Surgical Pathology fellowship training at Loyola University Chicago

We look forward to receiving your application. 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.

  1. Current CV with personal statement (can be faxed)
  2. Completed application form (print and mail or fax)
  3. Two (2) wallet size photographs
  4. Official Graduate School/Medical School transcripts
  5. 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.
  6. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation from Clinical Faculty Members addressed to the program director, Maria M. Picken, MD, PhD
  7. Sample of writing skills (i.e.abstracts, articles, protocols, etc.), if available.
  8. Copy of valid license to practice if available.
  9. 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/Permanent Residence

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