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  • Cytopathology Fellowship Program

    The Division of Cytopathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, offers a one-year ACGME-approved fellowship program that includes advanced training in diagnostic gynecological and non-gynecological exfoliative cytopathology, fine-needle aspiration biopsy, specimen preparation, and laboratory management.

    Our cytopathology laboratory performs more than 60,000 tests per year, with more than 50,000 liquid-based gynecologic cases. Non-gyn volume consists of more than 1,500 body fluids and approximately 950 fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies. We also offer in-house reflex HPV testing.

    Training in FNAs includes participation in the performance and on-site interpretation of needle aspirations of palpable masses and in the on-site interpretation of specimens obtained under radiologic guidance; including transabdominal and endoscopic-ultrasound and CT-guided transthoracic specimens. Ancillary techniques, such as immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy and flow cytometry, are available for more comprehensive evaluation of diagnostically challenging cases.

    Fellows also participate in interdepartmental conferences and intradepartmental teaching of pathology residents and medical students. Involvement in clinical research leading to publication in a peer-reviewed journal is encouraged and well supported. Opportunities for elective rotation in surgical pathology are available.

    Completion of this program qualifies the candidate to take the cytopathology subspecialty boards. Graduating fellows are fully prepared for a career in either an academic or private setting.


    Applicants must be AP or AP/CP Board eligible or board certified. USMLE step III is required.Graduates of medical schools approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and those who are board certified will be given preference.

    • Stipends - Commensurate with level of postgraduate training. For more about Graduate Medical Education, click here 
    • Applications - Applications should be made 12 to 18 months prior to initiation of training. Include your curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation.

    For more information

    Submit your application by e-mail or mail to:

    •  Cytopathology Fellowship Program
      Attn: Israh Akhtar, MD 
              Division of Cytopathology 
              University of Mississippi Medical Center 
              2500 N. State St.
              Jackson, MS 39216 
              Phone: (601) 984-2971 
              Fax: (601) 984-4967
    • Theresa Hebler, Education Administrator 
              Phone: (601) 984-1879 
              Fax: (601) 984-4967