Cytopathology Fellowship Program
The Fellowship program is a four-year combined anatomic and clinical Cytopathology Fellowship (AP/CP). The applicants for the Army program must have completed a military internship or have a prior obligation. Applicants to the Air Force program may enter directly from medical school; however, they then participate in a five-year program with the fifth year being directed toward research or a mini Fellowship year. During the four years of Fellowship training the residents have gradually increased responsibilities in clinical and anatomic Cytopathology as their level of experience increases. The residents receive their training primarily at the two large military medical centers in San Antonio, Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (Air Force). During the four years of training the residents rotate between the two institutions at approximately six month intervals. The residents also alternate between the anatomic Cytopathology (surgical Cytopathology, autopsy, and pediatric Cytopathology) service and clinical Cytopathology rotations (blood bank, microbiology, chemistry, hematology and electron microscopy). Each rotation averages two months.
During the four years of training there are also approximately five months of elective time wherein the resident is free to either spend more time in an area of particular interest or even pursue rotations at other institutions. One of the required rotations outside of the military institutions is a month at the San Antonio Medical Examiner's Office for experience in Forensic Cytopathology. Rotations at our facilities by interested medical students is welcomed and encouraged for any prospective applicant. First Year Anatomic Cytopathology: The resident will be introduced to and be responsible for basic techniques of both autopsy and surgical Cytopathology. The resident is expected to assimilate details as rapidly as appropriate on an individual basis. The resident will learn the fundamentals of tissue fixation, processing and staining in the realm of light microscopy, electron microscopy, and immunohistochemistry and within a few weeks will assume responsibilities for a share of the anatomic Cytopathology workload. During the first year all of the resident's work will be carefully guided and supervised by faculty and senior residents. At unspecified conferences, the resident will review the cases and be expected to accurately describe the microscopic or gross findings and give a basic diagnosis or differential as appropriate for his/her level of experience.
Points of Contact
Phone: (210) 916-3307
Fax: (210) 916-3235
Phone: (210) 916-1845
Fax: (210) 916-3235
SAUSHEC Cytopathology Fellowship
Medical Education Department
Brooke Army Medical Center
3551 Roger Brooke Dr.
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6200