Surgical Pathology Clinical Fellowship Program

The Department of Pathology offers general surgical pathology fellowship training. The mission of this training program is:

  1. To teach the fellow the proper means of examining a broad spectrum of surgical specimens, ranging from small biopsies to extended radical procedures.
  2. To gain confidence in performing operating room consutations (frozen sections) and interacting with surgeons.
  3. To understand the necessity of clinical-pathological correlation of surgical pathology specimens in order for the pathologist to become a respected member of the "health care team".
  4. To be aware of and provide new techniques and methodologies that might impact on patient care and prognosis.


One year intensive training in general surgical pathology with three months of elective rotations in other specialized areas of pathology (Informatics, molecular diagnostics, etc.). A research project leading to publication in a peer review publication is expected.


Completion of an accredited 4-year program in anatomic pathology or 5-year combined anatomic-clinical pathology program. Residents in the 5th year of a combined anatomic and clinical pathology program will also be considered.


Commensurate with level of training.


Application, current curriculum vitae and 3 letters of recommendation should be forwarded 12 months in advance of starting date (July 1 of each year) to:

Sheldon Bastacky, M.D.
Department of Pathology
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 647-9612
Fax: (412) 647-647-0287

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must be board-eligible or certified in anatomic pathology as defined by the American or Canadian Board of Pathology. Foreign medical graduates, in addition, must have a good command of the English language, possess a currently valid ECFMG (FMG) certificate, and Visa.

In addition to an application, updated curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation, an interview at the applicant's expense is also required. Deadline for receipt of applications is January 1 of each year.

The fellowship ordinarily begins on July 1, but under special circumstances may start at other times.

Surgical Pathology Environment

The training program in general surgical pathology utilizes two hospitals - The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Presbyterian and Shadyside. Both are adult general medical - surgical hospitals with a combined bed capacity of 900 beds and a surgical workload of about 50,000 specimens annually.

The fellow will spend nine months in clinical activities related to examining surgical specimens. The remaining three months are devoted to electives of the candidate's choice. A research project suitable for publication in a peer-review journal is expected.

Numerous teaching, clinical and research conferences are held weekly.

Fellow Responsibilities

Follow the link to learn more about the activities and duties of the General Surgical Pathology Fellow. 


The fellow will evaluated quarterly not only by the fellowship director but also by several staff members of the Department of Pathology using the fellow evaluation form. These evaluations will be made available to the fellow and, if unfavorable, appropriate actions taken.