General Surgical Pathology Fellowship

The goal of this fellowship is to provide an intensive one-year of training in high level diagnostic general surgical pathology, with a strong emphasis on resolving complex differential diagnoses, on building clinically relevant diagnostic reports and on gaining progressive independence in case management, from intraoperative specimen evaluation to gross specimen management to use of ancillary diagnostic tests to creating diagnostic reports of complex cases. The case material is largely from our tertiary level cancer hospital and clinics (Mission Bay Hospital, Moffitt-Long Hospital and Mt Zion Hospital), with a minor component of non-oncology case material from our medical liver, renal, pulmonary, cardiac and transplant services at these hospitals. All surgical specialties are well represented at these hospitals and therefore there is a diverse array of surgical specimens managed by our Surgical Pathology Division. In addition to evaluation of inhouse specimens, the fellowship rotations also include management of cases from other institutions submitted to our division for diagnostic confirmation or for primary consultation. Six positions per year are available; the fellowship consists of 12 one month rotations.

The specific rotations include:

  1. Intraoperative specimen evaluation (i.e. providing frozen section diagnoses) and confirmatory consults (rotations at both Moffitt-Long Hospital and Mission Bay Hospital)
  2. Transplant pathology (liver, lung, kidney, heart, pancreas)
  3. Subspecialized surgical pathology rotations
  4. Personal consult rotation (consults sent by outside pathologists for expert review)
  5. Elective rotation (could include Dermatopathology, Neuropathology or other specialty)

Fellows also participate at a faculty level in at least three weeks of night and weekend call in order to develop diagnostic independence.


To qualify, candidates must have completed a minimum of 2 years anatomic pathology.

Non-U.S. citizens must possess a Permanent Resident Card or an appropriate educational visa prior to starting a postgraduate medical education program. The Department of Pathology may sponsor J1 visas.

If selected, candidates must obtain an unrestricted medical license or a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) from the Medical Board of California before their start date.

Medical Board of California


Fellows will be appointed as a PGY-5.

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We are participating in the unified recruitment timeline for pathology fellowship programs for the 2024-2025 fellowship year starting on May 1, 2022.

We accept the CAP Residents Forum Standardized fellowship application and require a curriculum vitae, personal statement of interest, three letters of recommendation including a letter from your program director in PDF format. Please also include a photo of yourself in jpeg, gif, or PDF format when submitting your application. We will accept applications for the 2024-2025 academic year now. Applications are to be submitted in entirety by July 31st, 2022.

Please fill out the application below and submit along with the requested documents listed above and send to the Fellowship Program Administrator Suria Sadat.

We recommend downloading the application using the link below and opening using Adobe Acrobat software for the best user experience to complete your application and avoid issues with the fillable PDF.

Selected applicants will be offered interviews beginning August 15, 2022. Offers will be made beginning October 1, 2022.


2023-24: Filled
2024-25: Open

Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year must be submitted in entirety by July 31st, 2022.

The program does not discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans.