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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 one year 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.

Applications for a July 2021 start date are now being accepted. Applications will be reviewed when all materials have been received.

For further information, please visit, or contact Maureen Ni at uwpthres or 206-221-1657.

Molecular Genetic Pathology program detail updated: 07/08/2019

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 month 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 ongoing didactic sessions throughout the training program, as well as small projects to carry out. Fellows take calls 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).

Program Faculty*

University of Washington Medical Center
Geoffrey S. Baird, MD, PhD
Program Co-Director
Mass Spectrometry, Laboratory Utilization, Proteomics, Oligonucleotides, Aptamers
Daniel Bankson, PhD, MBA, DABCC, FAACC Endocrinology, Nutrition, Metabolism, Business Administration, Management
David Chou, MD Informatics
Andrew N. Hoofnagle, MD, PhD, DABCC Proteomics, Mass Spectrometry
Petrie M. Rainey, MD, PhD Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicology
Jonathan F. Tait, MD, PhD Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry
Mark Wener, MD Immunology
Seattle Children's Hospital
Jane Dickerson, PhD, DABCC
Program Co-Director
Pediatric Clinical Chemistry, Utilization Management
Michael Astion, MD, PhD Immunology, Multimedia Computer-Aided Tutorials
Rhona M. Jack, PhD, NRCC Pediatric Biochemistry, Biochemical Genetics
Joe C. Rutledge, MD Genetic Diseases
Karen D. Tsuchiya, MD Molecular Pathology and Genetics, Microarrays
Min Xu, MD, PhD Pediatric Clinical Chemistry, Immunoassay Development

*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.


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).

We accept applications from June 1 of the year before the July 1 start date. Applications are considered on a rolling basis; when all materials are received to complete the application, the application will be reviewed.

Clinical Chemistry program detail updated: 07/08/2019

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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.

For more information please view our Hematopathology Fellowship Brochure.


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.

Applications for a July 2021 start date are now being accepted. Applications will be reviewed when all materials have been received.

For further information, please visit and find application forms and instructions in the "For More Information" section. You may also contact Maureen Ni at or at 206-221-1657.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity institution.

Hematopathology program detail updated: 07/08/2019

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Microbiology Fellowship Program

Program Faculty and Staff

Program Description

TThe 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 76 (as of 2019) individuals.

This program offers training in all aspects of clinical microbiology. Training is based at the UW Medical Center (a tertiary care facility), and two affiliated hospitals: Harborview Medical Center (the regional trauma center), and Seattle Children's Hospital (a pediatric tertiary care facility). Fellows acquire experience in public health microbiology at the Washington State Public Health Lab and participate in hands-on training in pediatric and adult infectious disease and in hospital infection control. Laboratory management is taught as a formal post-graduate course and "on the job" during the second year acting directorship. A wide variety of research opportunities are available in diverse aspects of clinical microbiology, with the fellow's schedule designed to accommodate the fellow's background and interests.

Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree (PhD and/or MD). If the applicant's doctoral degree was obtained from an institution outside of the United States or Canada, applicants must fulfill each of the following requirements in order to be considered:

  1. Obtained their undergraduate or doctoral degrees in an English-speaking country, or have completed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, and
  2. Completed at least one year of postdoctoral training within the United States or Canada.

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 presentations at national meetings. This is usually done during the second year of training.

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.


Candidates interested in applying to the University of Washington's Clinical Microbiology Fellowship program apply through the American Society for Microbiology (ASB) Committee on Postgraduate Education Programs (CPEP). Follow this link: ASB CPEP site.

We accept applications June 1 to August 31 of the year before the July 1 start date. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Program Descriptions can be downloaded from the CPEP site under Learn More>CPEP Program Descriptions.

For more information, please contact Maureen Ni at

Microbiology program detail updated 06/20/2019

Last updated: 07/08/2019

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