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The Harvard Medical School Dermatopathology program is ACGME accredited to train residents and fellows in dermatopathology. The program draws on the facilities of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Children's Hospital Boston, as well as the Massachusetts General Hospital. The normal period of training is one year, but two-year training is considered in some circumstances. Research and/or clinical fellowships are also available. Residents enter the program eligible for Board certification in dermatology or pathology and receive six months of complementary training in pathology or clinical dermatology, respectively.
Additionally, fellows take required training in basic dermatopathology, dermatoimmunopathology, immunofluorescence, microbiology/ mycology, tissue processing for both routine and specialized microscopy, diagnostic electron microscopy, immunocytochemistry, and laboratory management. Clinical and basic research are conducted throughout the program. Residents and fellows have the opportunity to attend varied clinical and pathological diagnostic conferences, and teach in the training programs offered to students, residents, and postgraduates.
Types and Numbers of Appointments
Three dermatopathology fellowship positions are available. Fellowships in research are also available with staff at the various institutions of Harvard Medical School.
Applicants must be Board-certified or eligible for certification in Pathology or Dermatology and have a full Massachusetts license prior to starting the fellowship, and, if an international medical graduate, have a valid ECFMG certificate and visa.
The Massachusetts General Hospital, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital Medical Center provide total program resources of about 3,000 beds and 250,000 surgical pathology specimens, of which 25,000 are skin biopsies. In addition, there are approximately 90,000 referred dermatopathology specimens. The dermatology clinics at three institutions have a total monthly patient census of approximately 15,000. Research facilities available at each participating institution include specialized histology laboratories, transmission and scanning electron microscopes, and laboratories for immunocytochemistry, including immunofluorescence and molecular biologic studies and laser capture microdissection and genetic profiling using microarrays. There are libraries in all participating Pathology and Dermatology departments and at the individual institutions. The Harvard Medical School’s 500,000-volume collection, housed at the Countway Library, is adjacent to the Longwood area hospitals.
Applications should be submitted by October 15 of the previous year (19 months prior to start date; Fellowships usually commence on July 1).
Applications should be addressed to:
George F. Murphy MDDirector, Program in Dermatopathology Brigham and Women's Hospital221 Longwood Ave, EBRC 401Boston, MA 02114
George F. Murphy MD, Program Director (Brigham and Women's Hospital)
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