Eyepathology Fellowships

Methodist Hospital Fellowhip

The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas offers an ACGME accredited (selective pathology) one-year Ophthalmic Pathology fellowship. The fellowship is available for Pathology or Ophthalmology trained residents. The fellowship is tailored for each background to assure adequate training. For example, pathology trained fellows will have rotations in the ocular plastics/oncology service while ophthalmology trained fellows with have rotations in surgical pathology. Fellows will have the opportunity to review approximately 1,000 ocular specimens (adult and pediatric) that include enucleated eyes, exenterations of the orbit, eyelid, conjunctiva, lacrimal sac, lacrimal gland, orbit and intraocular biopsies and cytology.

Cytology training is part of the program and includes interpretation of vitrectomy specimens, anterior chamber taps, corneal and conjunctival scrapings and occasional fine needle aspirations of intraocular lesions. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to review outside consultation of ophthalmic pathology cases that are routinely received in the department. The department has a fund available to support trainee research projects (immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and other molecular pathology techniques) or case series reports for interested fellows during the year of training. The fellows will attend and participate in the didactic lectures, grand rounds, retinoblastoma tumor board and neuropathology/ophthalmic pathology case conference.

Requirements:

At least two years of training in Anatomic Pathology. Preferably AP or AP/CP board-eligible. Ophthalmology trained applicants must be PGY3 or higher. Must hold or be eligible for a Texas Physician In Training Permit or Licensure.

Stipends:

Commensurate with level of post-graduate training.

Stipends and Maintenance:

The annual stipend for a PGY-1 resident for 2009-2010 is $47,257. Hospitalization, life, and malpractice insurances, and parking are provided free of cost to residents/fellows. Tuition forgiveness ($2,000 per year for up to 3 years) is paid at graduation to residents who have completed their entire residency training program at Methodist. Affordable housing is available near the Texas Medical Center.

The Department of Pathology provides selected texts for PGY-1 residents, an annual book fund to residents PGY-2 and above, and membership in state and national organizations/societies for all residents and fellows. The department also provides funding to residents and fellows to attend three in-state meetings each year, and a sponsored meeting of individual choice is provided to PGY-4 residents. Also, platform and/or poster presentations by residents/fellows at state and national meetings are financially completely supported by the department. Additional funds for educational activities of ($2000 for all graduating residents and fellows) are provided by the Graduate Medical Education Department.

Applications

Send inquiries to:

Paty Chevez-Barrios, M.D.
The Methodist Hospital
Department of Pathology
6565 Fannin, M227
Houston, TX 77030
Phone:713-441-3496
Fax: 713-441-3489
E-mail: ljozwiak@tmhs.org