Breast/GYN Pathology Clinical Instructorship Program

Note: We are currently accepting applications for 2024-2025. The application process for 2025-2026 will begin April 2023.

This program provides 12 months subspecialty anatomical pathology training for 3 trainees in a large academic tertiary care specialty hospital of the UPMC Health System. Trainees work across multiple clinical specialties including pathology, and focus predominantly on health issues unique to women throughout their lives.

The clinical instructorship includes graduated independent sign-out of breast and gynecologic biopsy and resection specimens, including intraoperative gross and frozen section consultations. Supplemental training is flexible and typically includes gynecologic cytology, perinatal pathology, and molecular pathology.

Eligibility Requirements for UPMC Pathology Clinical Instructorships

  • An MD degree or equivalent
  • Completion of approved ACGME residency training in pathology
  • A full, unrestricted Pennsylvania medical license
  • US citizenship or permanent residency
  • An ability to obtain staff privileges at UPMC
Breast/GYN Pathology Environment

The training program is in the Department of Pathology at Magee-Womens Hospital (MWH) of the UPMC Health System. This tertiary care specialty women's hospital is the primary training site for all clinical specialty training in women's health and is among the most competitive nationally for training programs in Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. As the women care program in the region MWH has an extensive referral network through its community based women care centers and satellite clinics and does over 50,000 mammograms per year. This strong breast program together with its affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute provides the core of both the breast cancer and gynecological oncology programs of MWH. The Pathology Department at MWH is the primary UPMC site for anatomical pathology training in women's health including gynecological pathology, breast pathology, gynecologic cytopathology, and perinatal pathology.

The Department of Pathology has 2 perinatal pathologists and 10 breast/GYN pathologists - 5 with subspecialty certification in Cytology and many faculty members are globally recognized in their fields. The department handles ~26,500 surgicals (~20,000 breast/gyn cases and ~6500 perinatal cases), 50,000 Pap tests, and 1,000 non-gynecological cytology cases, and ~100 autopsies (fetal autopsies). The surgical pathology material includes over 600 new breast cancer cases, and over 400 new gynecological oncology cases per year. Gynecological pathology cases include variety of small biopsies and resection specimens involving vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tube and ovary. The perinatal program serves an obstetrical service of over 6,000 deliveries per annum.

There are 6 Pathologist Assistants who assist the pathologists and trainees.

Clinical and Research Training

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Clinical Instructor Responsibilities

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After the first month and thereafter quarterly each clinical instructor will be evaluated by each faculty member in the Department of Pathology at MWH, and each clinical instructor will evaluate the program overall. These evaluations are submitted to Chief of Pathology who uses them to give feedback to each clinical instructor and faculty member. In addition Chief of Pathology holds quarterly meetings with the clinical instructors for feedback on the program.


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Rohit Bhargava, MD
Director, Breast and Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Program
Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Office Phone: 412-641-4651
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