Cytopathology Fellowship

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Cytopathology Fellowship

path---cyto-fellow.jpgThe Division of Cytopathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, offers two 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 35,000 to 40,000 tests per year, with up to 30,000 liquid-based gynecologic cases. Non-gyn volume consists of up to 2,000 body fluids and approximately 2,000 fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies. We also offer in-house reflex HPV testing.

Notable among our private accounts is the Mississippi State Department of Health. Gynecologic volume from the MSDH account totals 25,000 to 30,000 specimens annuals. 

Our cytology lab is one of the few locations in the country to have such a large public health account centralized into one immense database. This afford the client great control of their patient base as well as resulting in excellent research potential for our pathologists, fellows and cytotechnologist. The cytology laboratory is staffed by six full-time board-certified cytopathologists.

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 guided thyroid, pulmonary, GI specimens and CT-guided transthoracic, intra-abdominal, soft tissue, retroperitoneal and spin biopsies. 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. 
  • Applications - Applications should be made 12 to 18 months prior to initiation of training. Include your curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation.


Varsha Manucha, Director
Dianne Grunes
Tejal Patel
James Neill
Veena Shenoy
Timothy Allen


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