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Post-Sophomore Fellowship

The Department of Pathology offers post-sophmore fellowships each year for medical students looking for a mark of distinction on their residency applications. Medical students who complete this year feel that they are better prepared for their third year of medical school and have a competitive edge when matching residency programs in both pathology and many other specialties. In addition to completing this Program, our post-sophomore fellows can participate in research projects that further strengthen their residency application and may be able to present a poster at a national meeting, competing for national awards, and get published. These are all additional marks of distinction to a residency application in any medical specialty. Approximately half of our fellows competitively match in other specialties like dermatology, surgery, ENT, medicine and more.


The Department of Pathology offers up to two one-year Post-Sophomore Fellowships. These fellowships provide medical students with the opportunity, under faculty supervision, to engage in the activities of first-year pathology residents. This Program blends the art of diagnosis with state-of-the-art biotechnology in surgical/autopsy pathology, genetics, hematopathology, clinical chemistry, coagulation, transfusion medicine and more. Each year is customized to the individual fellow's interests. An attempt is made to customize each year to the individual fellow's interests. In general, three-four months is spent on the anatomic pathology services, three-four on the clinical pathology services, and four-six months in translational pathology/research. An array of highly skilled faculty, with well-defined areas of expertise, provides teaching, guidance and supervision. The fellowship provides an outstanding opportunity to expand your knowledge of pathology in an academic setting with research activity.

Available Rotations

  • Autopsy pathology (1-2 months)
  • Coagulation and blood banking (1 month)
  • Genetics (1 month)
  • Hematopathology (1-2 months)
  • Microbiology (1 month)
  • Neuropathology (1-2 months)
  • Research elective (1 month)
  • Surgical pathology (4-6 months)
  • Custom rotations based on student interest (1 month)


Students must have completed their second year of medical school to be eligible for the post-sophomore fellowship program. Starting date is July 1st, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Program Director.


Trainees receive an annual $24,000 stipend plus individual health insurance, uniforms and uniform laundry. In addition, the Department covers the expenses of fellows who present a research project at a national pathology meeting.


Dr. Castellani at 304-293-1625 or e-mail at with questions and more information.