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General Surgical Pathology

The Department of Pathology offers a one-year position with the Advanced Specialty Training Program (ASTP) in the Surgical Pathology division. The candidate will be offered a non-tenure eligible junior faculty position with the rank of Instructor. The program will provide opportunities for scholarly activities, including translational research and medical teaching. The fellowship has openings for a fellowship position starting July 1, 2023 and July 1, 2024. Fellowship applications are currently being accepted for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025. 

Meet the Department's Fellows 

Alexiev, Borislav A

Program Director

Borislav A Alexiev

Associate Professor of Pathology (Soft Tissue Pathology) and Pathology (Head and Neck Pathology)

 Education & Research

The program is designed to provide comprehensive advanced training in diagnostic surgical pathology, including standard diagnostic practices, immunohistochemistry and specialized techniques such as cytogenetics and molecular pathology.  

The major goal of this fellowship is to combine in-depth training in various subspecialties of
surgical pathology. Fellows choose one to three subspecialties for special focus from the
following three major areas: Bone and Soft Tissue, Head and Neck, and Thoracic. Experience in the Frozen Section Laboratory is integral to all subspecialties. In addition to the main focus
area(s), fellows do short rotations in the remaining subspecialties.

 Clinical Experience

One-half up to two-thirds of the fellows’ clinical service time is dedicated to their chosen areas of subspecialty focus. The remaining clinical service time is distributed among the other services to ensure broad exposure to all major subspecialty areas.

The fellows sign out one-on-one with individual subspecialty faculty on a weekly basis. The fellow is expected to work cases up to completion, including decisions regarding ancillary studies.

Timeline

  • First 6 months: 20 weeks (approximately 80% time) for head and neck, bone and soft tissue and thoracic surgical pathology cases, consultation cases, and tumor board preparation; 2-3 weeks for grossing of head and neck, bone and soft tissue and thoracic surgical pathology specimens and surgical pathology frozen sections; 2-3 weeks electives, including gynecologic pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, perinatal pathology, or other subspecialty rotations such as breast and genitourinary pathology;
  • Second 6 months: Hospital privileges as junior attending for signing out head and neck, bone and soft tissue and thoracic pathology surgical pathology cases;
  • Completion of 1 year fellowship should achieve: Competency in the morphologic criteria for all types of head and neck, bone and soft tissue and thoracic pathology specimens; formulation of diagnosis, comments and staging summaries based on AJCC and CAP guidelines; ability to incorporate molecular and immunohistochemistry results into the practice of daily and challenging cases; ability to communicate effectively with clinicians for patient management.

 Requirements

The trainee is required to have completed an ACGME Residency in Anatomic Pathology, or a combined Anatomic/Clinical Pathology Program.

 Stipend

The stipend is commensurate with the below PGY designations based on the trainee's experience. 

  • PGY1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $67,105
  • PGY2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $69,752
  • PGY3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $72,102
  • PGY4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $76,174
  • PGY5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $79,252
  • PGY6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $81,707
  • PGY7+. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $84,878

 Application Process

Submit the following documents via email to Tyler Sutton at surgpathfellowship@northwestern.edu 

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