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Cytopathology Fellowship

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  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • 185 Berry Street, Suite 100
  • Campus Box 0506
  • San Francisco, CA 94107

Each year 2 positions are available in this 1-year program. The fellowship provides training in all areas of cytology with special emphasis on fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology biopsy techniques including ultrasound guided biopsy, sample preparation, and smear interpretation. In the beginning the fellows receive intensive training and supervision. Gradually, they are given more responsibility and ultimately function independently. Fellows will have access to and participate in the sampling of some 4000 specimens per year collected by the FNA Clinics at the UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General sites. In addition large numbers of interesting exfoliative cases are seen. In addition large numbers of interesting exfoliative cases are seen. Deep seated lesions are accessed with imaging in collaboration with other departments. Advanced ancillary testing is applied regularly to cytologic material. Fellows participate in daily cytopathology signouts and participate in inter-departmental teaching conferences and Grand Rounds.

Current Cytopathology Group Photo

Row 1 (left to right): Gioia Iezza, Sarah Calkins, Soo-Ryum Yang, Nancy Greenland, Tara Saunders, Poonam Vohra, Ron Balassanian

Row 2 (left to right): Vighnesh Walavalkar, Elham Khanafshar, Britt-Marie Ljung, Annemieke van Zante

Not pictured: Theodore Miller, Teresa Darragh, Rick Baehner, Laura Tabatabai, Douglas Hanks, Dianna Ng

Faculty Involved with Fellowship

Current & Future Fellows

  • 2018-19
  • Nancy Greenland, MD, PhD
  • Soo-Ryum Yang, MD
  • 2019-20
  • Kent Truong, MD
  • Lucy Han, MD


Candidates must have completed 3 years of AP or AP/CP residency training and be Board eligible in pathology by starting date of the Fellowship.

Cytopathology Fellowship Online Application

Please use the link above to apply for the Cytopathology Fellowship for the academic year 2020-21. It is best to open this link in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Application for the 2020-21 fellowship will remain open until the one remaining fellowship spot has been filled.

If you are an International Medical Graduate, please use the link below to navigate to the UCSF Housestaff Information Booklet. You must complete the steps provided on their web page prior to applying to any of our fellowship training programs. Please note that although obtaining a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) from the California Medical Board is not required for fellowship, obtaining a PTAL is encouraged to ensure your eligibility for a California medical license.

UCSF Housestaff Information Booklet

California Medical Board

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