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The Partners Healthcare System’s Integrated Program in Pathology Informatics is a collaboration of the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the North Shore Medical Center. It trains pathologists to become leaders in Informatics, Bioinformatics and Imaging.Our educational philosophy considers informatics a part of pathology practice and central to pathology’s future, and our program’s architecture provides exposure to multiple, independent faculty, a wide variety of clinical operations, research consistent with long term career goals, formal courses and seminars, and a level of responsibility appropriate to experience and skill.
After finishing the Informatics Fellowship, fellows will have a broad understanding of pathology informatics as well as deep knowledge in at least one informatics subspecialty; and with have the skills necessary to lead a pathology informatics service at a major medical center and execute a successful academic/research career
Types and Number of Appointments
The fellowship is for one year or two years. The program has averaged four to eight concurrent fellows; however, the number of appointments available at a given time is variable; please contact the Program Director. (See How to Apply).
Candidates should have completed their residency training in anatomic, clinical or combined anatomic/clinical pathology, with primary certification or eligibility by the American Board of Pathology. If a graduate of an international medical school, the candidate should have a valid ECFMG certificate and visa.
In some cases however, fellows will be accepted before they are Board eligible. Such candidates must qualify for a limited (training) license in Massachusetts, present compelling reasons that the fellowship should be done prior to finishing residency, and have concrete plans for finishing their pathology residency training.
Structure of the Program
The program is made up six major components, three of which are configured to the interests and career goals of each fellow, while the remaining three (didactic courses, seminars and national meetings) are common for all fellows. In general the configurable components allow a deep experience in a subspecialty of informatics while the common components provide knowledge across the wide scope of informatics.
The configured components include clinical rotations, research and development, and the freedom to spend a limited amount of time in a diagnostic specialty of the fellow choice. The fellow is assigned one or more mentors depending on the fellow’s interest and the mentors, the fellow and the director develop a set of rotations, research and diagnostic activities that make the most sense for the fellow’s career goals.
The common components include weekly didactic courses, monthly and quarterly seminars and national meetings that are attended by all the fellows. The goal is to provide a broad, common understanding of informatics regardless of individual interests.
There are thirteen faculty members in the fellowship program. All hold academic positions at Harvard Medical School and/or the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), run their own independent research and/or clinical operations and publish extensively.
Applications should be submitted by December 1, (Fellowships usually commence on July 1).
Interested candidates should contact the Program Director, John Gilbertson, MD.
Interested applicants should send a completed CAP standardized Application for Pathology Fellowships, a current CV, a copy of their USMLE transcript, a one-page personal statement concerning their interest in Informatics, and three letters of reference (including one from their residency program director or department chief) to:
Fellowship Program AdministratorPathology Service, Massachusetts General Hospital55 Fruit Street, Warren 219Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2352
Phone: 617-643-4482 Fax: 617-643-4045 Email: MGHPathFellows@partners.org
Program DirectorJohn Gilbertson, MD
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