Fellowships, Residencies & CME

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Pathology - Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

The Harvard Medical School Molecular Genetic Pathology Training Program represents a collaboration of the major Harvard teaching hospitals to provide extensive training in broad areas of molecular diagnostics and molecular genetics.

Description

The Harvard Medical School Molecular Genetic Pathology Training Program represents a collaboration of the major Harvard teaching hospitals. The overall goals of this one-year accredited training program are:

  • Provide extensive training in broad areas of molecular diagnostics and molecular genetics including inherited genetic disorders, disorders of human development, infectious disease, neoplasia, and identity testing.
  • Provide training in the performance and interpretation of molecular, cytogenetic and biochemical laboratory tests.
  • Provide training as a medical consultant in Molecular Genetic Pathology to assist clinicians in the diagnosis and care of patients.
  • Provide training and direct exposure to laboratory management, quality-assurance, troubleshooting of molecular tests, assay development and evaluation, and instrument evaluation.
  • Provide training and direct exposure to clinical genetic practice through active participation in genetics clinics with the aim of better understanding the clinical implications of genetic testing.

Ensure that the fellows achieve the following:

  • Acquire a sound knowledge base of the basic science of molecular biology and molecular genetics.
  • Learn to integrate molecular and clinical data and calculate genetic risk.
  • Develop research skills and participate in a research project.
  • Demonstrate good communications skills with laboratory and clinical physicians, patients, technologists, and ancillary staff.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to ethical issues in genetics, particularly those raised by molecular diagnostic testing.

Requirements

Board-eligible or certified in Pathology or Medical Genetics. Applicants must be eligible for a Massachusetts medical license.

Stipends

Commensurate with level of post-graduate training.

Curriculum

The trainees rotate through 10 active molecular diagnostic laboratories at four Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals, including the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children's Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital and participate in the respective pathology departments. Fellows also actively participate in genetics clinics at these institutions and the Dana-Farber Cancer Center. The fellowship is integrated with the HMS Genetics Training Program and shares a year-long didactic program.

Core Pathology Faculty

There are over 40 faculty members. Representative faculty include:

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Neal Lindeman, Program Director
Frederick Bieber, PhD
Frank Kuo, MD, PhD
Jeffery Kutok, MD, PhD
Azra Ligon, PhD
Neal Lindeman, MD
Edgar Milford, MD
Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD
Andrew Onderdonk, PhD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Olivier Kocher MD, PhD
James Kirby MD

Children’s Hospital
Bai-lin Wu, PhD
David Harris, MD

Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Judy Garber, MD
Sapna Syngal MD, MPH

Massachusetts General Hospital
David N. Louis MD
A. John Iafrate, MD, PhD
Eric Rosenberg, MD
Vivian Shih, MD
Katherine Sims, MD
Winnie Xin, PhD

Applications

Please contact Caitlin Brennan, Program Coordinator for application materials at cbrennan7@partners.org
 
Address inquires to:

Dr. Neal Lindeman
Co-director CAMD
Director, Molecular Diagnostics
Director, HMS MGP Fellowship
CAMD, Department of Pathology
Shapiro 5, room 016
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

 

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