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Neuropathology Fellowship


Candidates should be Board-eligible by the starting date of the fellowship, preferably in pathology, but neurology candidates will be considered.

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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

This two-year accredited fellowship provides comprehensive training in diagnostic and investigative neuropathology within one of the largest subspecialty training centers of its type, either as part of a combined 4-year AP/NP residency or as a stand-alone NP fellowship. The program has a long tradition of excellence in teaching, clinical service, and research. Over 3000 neurosurgical, neuromuscular, autopsy, eye, and extramural consult cases are reviewed each year. Our NP fellowship training program is one of the largest in the country, with 4 active fellows (2 first year and 2 second year) at any time and several new rotations providing enhanced training opportunities in molecular, pediatric/development, neurodegenerative, and forensic neuropathology. The goals of the clinical training are to provide a broad fund of knowledge in neuroanatomy; gross and microscopic CNS, PNS, and muscle neuropathology; clinico-neuropathological correlations; and ancillary histochemical, immunohistochemical, ultrastructural, and molecular genetic techniques. The diagnostic service is particularly strong in neuro-oncology, epilepsy, nerve and muscle disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and infections.

Research training is individually tailored for each fellow in order to best serve their long-term career goals. There are currently 8 full-time NP faculty, 3 joint appointed NP and neurology/ophthalmology faculty, 4 forensic pathologists/neuropathologists, and 1 part-time clinical NP instructor. Their research interests are mostly focused on molecular neuro-oncology, developmental/stem cell pathology, neurodegenerative diseases, neuromuscular pathology, eye pathology, and basic neurobiology; however, fellows may also pursue research in one of the copious neuroscience-related laboratories outside of pathology. UCSF neuropathology fellows have been remarkably successful presenting their work at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuropathologists. Among the key strengths of this program are its large and highly diverse case material, faculty expertise, and research opportunities.

Application Information

Neuropathology Fellowship Online Application

The 2020-22 Neuropathology Fellowship slots have been filled. Note that primary application consideration is conducted through ERAS applicants who are applying for our AP/NP track. This application will be used as a secondary source of recruitment for the Neuropathology Fellowship. Please check back after Match Day 2019 to see if we will be recruiting for 2021-23 Neuropathology Fellowship positions.

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

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