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Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program

The UWMC Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP) fellowship is a sub‑specialty training program leading to potential certification by the American Boards of Pathology and Medical Genetics on successful completion of this ACGME‑accredited fellowship and subsequent board examination. The overall goal of the program is to specifically train fellows in the practice of diagnostic molecular pathology, the use and interpretation of molecular laboratory techniques, and in the independent administration and directing of a molecular laboratory. The fellowship program is structured to include didactic, clinical and laboratory experiences in the following areas:

  • General principles and medical knowledge of molecular biology and molecular diagnostics
  • Clinical practice of molecular genetic pathology diagnostics, including:
    • Appropriate use and interpretation of molecular assays
    • Performance and trouble-shooting of molecular technologies
    • Hands-on practical and sign-out experience in various molecular laboratories:
      • Genetics, including adult, pediatric, biochemical, and collagen laboratories
      • Molecular hematopathology
      • Molecular microbiology and virology
      • Solid tumor molecular oncology, including next-generation sequencing (UW-Oncoplex; ColoSeq™ and BROCA)
      • Cytogenetics, includes prenatal, cancer, and solid and hematopoietic FISH/ISH, and array-CGH based analyses
      • Clinical immunogenetics
  • Laboratory administration
    • Quality control and quality improvement projects
    • New assay development, validation and implementation
    • Personnel management
    • Regulatory and fiscal issues
  • Surgical pathology and autopsy rotations (for medical genetics-trained fellows only)
  • Clinical genetic rotations (for pathology-trained fellows only)
  • Other scholarly and didactic activities
    • Research project(s), as possible
    • Didactic seminar experiences

This fellowship will focus on key competency areas for professional growth and development, including Patient care, Medical knowledge, Practice‑based learning and improvement, Interpersonal and Communication skills, Professionalism, and Systems‑based Practice (see Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, 11(6)‑497, 2009). Throughout each of the laboratory and clinical rotations, the fellow is expected to accomplish rotation‑specific goals, including acquisition of pertinent technical and clinical knowledge, provision of professional patient care, and active contribution to the specific field of molecular diagnostics through clinical service provision, correspondence with clinical and laboratory colleagues, and related scholarly activities.

For further information, please visit, or contact Rhea Fagnan at or 206-598-0884.

Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program

The Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Chemistry at the University of Washington is the oldest in the United States. More than eighty clinical chemists have graduated from the program to go on to successful careers in leading universities, private hospitals, commercial laboratories and industry.

The goal of this two-year postdoctoral program is to prepare doctoral scientists or physicians for academic careers in clinical chemistry. The training is tailored to the background and interests of the individual fellows. The first two months of training is an intensive didactic course in all aspects of Laboratory Medicine. In the next six to nine months, fellows will rotate through all sections of the clinical chemistry laboratories at the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Children's Hospital. During these rotations, fellows become familiar with the spectrum of analytical methods and instrumentation used in a clinical chemistry laboratory, along with the interpretation of results from these analyses and with management aspects of these sections. During the remaining 12 to 15 months of training, fellows pursue research relevant to laboratory medicine under the mentorship of Laboratory Medicine faculty. The fellows also participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs of the Department. There are on-going didactic sessions throughout the training program, as well as small projects to carry out. Fellows take call for problems that may arise in the clinical chemistry laboratory and interact on a frequent basis with pathology residents training in Laboratory Medicine. Typically, one or two positions are available in a given year, with a nominal start date of July 1. The program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (ComACC). UW ComACC certificate, expires December 31, 2019.

Program Faculty

Additional teachers for the program include those from the Chemistry Division. However, many other Department of Laboratory Medicine faculty members also contribute to the training.


The amount of the stipend depends upon the level of prior experience and is similar to the stipend for an NIH National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellowship.


PhD or MD with academic credentials appropriate for certification by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) at the completion of training; or MD-certified or eligible for certification in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology (ABP).

The application deadline for the 2016 position is October 1, 2015.

Last updated: 09/21/2015

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Hematopathology Fellowship Program

Program Faculty

Program Description

The Hematopathology Fellowship at the University of Washington is an ACGME-accredited two-year program that provides training in the clinical and laboratory diagnosis of hematologic malignancies, hemoglobinopathies and hemolytic syndromes, hemostasis and thrombosis, and general hematology. Training is provided in all the major diagnostic techniques, including flow cytometry and clinical molecular diagnosis. The fellowship consists of a structured intensive core rotation through the clinical areas listed above followed by a period of research during which clinical duties are reduced. A major goal of the fellowship is mastery of a hematopathology area leading to publication in quality journals. The fellowship should prepare the trainee for successful completion of the hematology examination given by the American Board of Pathology.


Applicants are expected to have completed the training required for certification in Clinical and/or Anatomic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. This requirement may be waived by the Program Director in exceptional cases.


Appointment is for one year and is subject to renewal for a second year. Salary is based on the schedule for residents at an equivalent level. Fellows are encouraged to apply for extramural funding if additional years of research training are desired.


For more information, write to:

  • Daniel E. Sabath, M.D., Ph.D.
  • University of Washington Department of Laboratory Medicine Harborview Medical Center
  • 3NJ-345.1 Box 359743
  • 325 9th Ave
  • Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone: (206) 897-5215 Fax: (206) 897-4312 iPhone: (206) 719-7956
  • Email:

Download Hematopathology Fellowship Application (610k PDF).
Please read the instructions and remember to enclose a copy of your curriculum vitae.
Note: you may need to update your version of Adobe Reader* in order to fill out the application form.

Applications for fellowship to begin July 1 should be received by the preceding August 1.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity institution.

Last updated: 9/15/2015

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Microbiology Fellowship Program

Program Faculty and Staff

Program Description

The University of Washington postdoctoral training program in medical and public health laboratory microbiology has been training fellows since 1965. Our program has a long record of success and CPEP board certifications, having trained over 65 individuals.

The UW program is two years in length, and offers a training experience tailored to the individual. Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, D.V.M., Sc.D., D.O., D.P.H., or equivalent) with graduate education in microbiology, immunology or medicine. Fellows spend approximately one year, usually their first, completing formal rotations in the following areas: bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, virology, infectious disease serology, infection control, pediatric and adult clinical infectious diseases, public health microbiology, management, computing, teaching, and a core course covering major departmental disciplines. These rotations take place primarily at the University of Washington Medical Center, with additional rotations at the following sites:

  1. Harborview Medical Center , Seattle/King County's premier community health care and trauma center;
  2. the Washington State Department of Health Public Health Laboratories serving Washington State;
  3. Seattle Children's Hospital, one of the country's top pediatric tertiary care centers serving the Pacific Northwest;
  4. the Seattle campus of the Veteran's Administration Puget Sound Health Care System. In their second year, fellows are granted acting director status in order to gain practical experience in laboratory management and an appreciation of a lab director's daily activities.

Fellows also actively participate at daily lab plate rounds, take weekday pager call, and present biweekly Current Topics continuing education talks to the laboratory staff.

The Department is well known for its diverse, clinically based research achievements, and the trainee will therefore be expected to pursue an intensive program of clinically oriented research in infectious diseases leading to publication in peer reviewed journals and presentation at national meetings. This is usually done during the second year of training. Complete the Microbiology Fellowship program objectives (243k PDF).

Completion of the Program prepares the trainee for a successful career as director of a clinical or public health microbiology laboratory, and fulfills all training requirements for the American Board of Medical Microbiology.


Please contact Rhea Fagnan at or 206-598-0884 with questions about the program.

  • Department of Laboratory Medicine
  • University of Washington
  • Box 357110
  • Seattle, WA 98195-7110

Last updated: 09/21/2015

Last updated: 09/21/2015

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