Pathology Fellowships Overview

The Massachusetts General Hospital Pathology Service sponsors fellowships designed to prepare trainees for careers in academic diagnostic pathology. These programs provide intensive training in the diagnosis and understanding of diseases in these subspecialty areas. Opportunities for participation in multidisciplinary approaches to treatment and in collaborative clinical and basic science research are available and encouraged.

The fellowships in Cytopathology, Dermatopathology, Hematopathology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Neuropathology, and Transfusion Medicine are accredited and follow curricula approved by the ACGME (complete curricula for each fellowship are available on request). There is no specific ACGME accreditation for Pathology Informatics or Subspecialty Surgical Pathology — these programs are under the purview of the Partners Education Committee, to assure they meet the high educational standards set by the ACGME. The Pathology Informatics fellowship balances operations, imaging and research, with opportunities for concentration in one or more areas.

The Subspecialty Surgical Pathology fellowship opportunities include (depending on availability) breast (the Gillette Fellowship in Women's Cancers), bone and soft tissue, cardiovascular, ear, nose and throat, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, obstetric and perinatal, pulmonary and renal pathology. Fellows doing their training will divide their time between covering their respective diagnostic service(s) and engaging in clinical collaborative and/or translational research. Staff Pathologists who subspecialize in these areas of pathology supervise and teach the fellows through department lectures, specialty conferences and one-on-one review and discussion of individual cases.

The Subspecialty Surgical Pathology fellows have progressive responsibility over the course of the year to independent sign-out in from one to three of the subspecialty areas listed above, mentored and monitored by the heads of these subspecialty services. All fellows supervise and instruct pathology residents in the elements of diagnosis and provide informal instruction to residents, fellows and staff members in the clinical departments of Mass General via clinical consultations and interdisciplinary conferences.


Mass General, founded in 1811, is Harvard Medical School's original teaching hospital. Its bed capacity is 925. During 2008, Pathology Service examined more than 68,000 surgical pathology specimens, 44,500 gynecologic and 14,000 nongynecologic cytopathology specimens, 5,000 fine needle aspirations, and performed 277 autopsies.

In addition, the staff of the Pathology Service receives over 10,000 unusual anatomic pathology cases each year in consultation from hospitals throughout the world. Mass General also performs more than 9,000,000 clinical laboratory studies per year, including many highly esoteric tests requiring substantial expertise for interpretation. Library facilities include the Pathology Service's Mallory Library, the Hospital's Treadwell Library and Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library, which is among the world's largest medical reference libraries. The Pathology Service has research facilities both at the MGH main campus and at MGH East in Charlestown. Mass General East is a 400,000-square-foot research complex, which includes Cancer and Neuroscience Centers.


Boston and its surrounding communities have a total population of over three million, the sixth largest metropolis in the nation. The hospital is situated in the center of Boston, on the Charles River at the foot of Beacon Hill, convenient to rapid transit and the airport. The Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute are located in the Longwood medical area two miles away; a frequent shuttle service operates between these institutions and the Mass General. The city has many universities and cultural facilities, including the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, and several theater companies. The geographic location is remarkable from a recreational viewpoint, for its proximity to forests, lakes, mountains, and seashore.


Fellows are paid in accordance with their PGY level. Travel and book allowances are provided. Health insurance, long-term disability and life insurance are provided at a reasonable cost.