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Cytopathology Fellowship

Cytopathology Fellowship

Program Description

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine offers an one-year, post-residency fellowship in cytopathology that leads to eligibility for subspecialty certification by the American Board of Pathology. The fellowship provides extensive service responsibilities within the division of cytopathology, with opportunities for complementary study in immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy, image analysis, and flow cytometry. The cytopathology laboratory accessions approximately 6,500 cases per year, of which approximately 1,950 are non-gynecological specimens and approximately 1,400 are fine needle cases.

A portion of the fine needle aspirations are performed by pathologists and cytopathology staff. The cytopathology fellow assists and performs these fine needle aspirations requested within the Brody School of Medicine clinics, Vidant Medical Center, and on patients referred directly to the Pathology Department. The fellow will also review all consultation cases. Contemporary techniques of performing the fine needle aspiration biopsies are utilized, including interpretation of rapid stains such as the Diff-Quik stain for preliminary diagnosis. An outstanding feature of the fine needle aspiration services is the close cooperation and working relationship with clinical colleagues from radiology, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and radiation oncology.

The fellow also has the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in exfoliative cytology. The training stresses both preparatory techniques and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on cytologic-histologic correlation.

Opportunity exists for teaching and collaborative research efforts in cytology. The cytology division has a strong commitment to research and is actively involved in teaching at the national level. The fellowship also provides experience in laboratory computer systems and develops a foundation for laboratory management.


Applicants must possess an M.D. or D.O. degree and must have completed the pathology residency requirements. Full licensure to practice medicine in North Carolina is required.


The stipend is that of a comparable year resident at Vidant Medical Center and competitive with others in the region. Benefit package includes institution and resident cost share for major medical health insurance, major medical health insurance for dependents, outpatient mental health insurance, group life insurance, dental insurance, and disability insurance.

Additional Information/Application

Program Director

Heng Hong, M.D., Ph.D.
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mailstop 642
Brody School of Medicine
Greenville, NC 27834

Residency Coordinator

Jennifer Cooper
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mailstop:  642
Brody School of Medicine
Greenville, NC 27834