Fellowship in Cytopathology at North Shore-LIJ Health System


About us

The Department of Pathology at North Shore-LIJ Health System offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program in diagnostic cytopathology. This program provides advanced training in all areas of cytopathology, including gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytopathology.

 The program is also well suited for those who are academically oriented. We provide an organized educational experience that exposes the fellow to both the theoretical and practical applications of cytopathology. Values that we feel are important are that the program practices and teaches state-of-the-art diagnostic pathology together with a strong foundation in pathogenesis and the molecular basis of disease.

Training includes hands-on performance and interpretation of fine needle aspiration biopsies. Fellows gain experience with techniques such as immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, flow cytometry and image analysis.

Application process

Applicants interested in the cytopathology fellowship training program at North Shore-LIJ Health System should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS), which allow applications starting Sept. 1.

No applications are reviewed after Dec. 31.

Required Documents for Graduates of Foreign Medical Schools:

  • Copy of valid ECFMG certificate for all international medical graduates
  • Copy of current J1, H1 or temporary work permit (if applicable)
  • Copy of USMLE results, Parts 1 and 2 required and Part 3 preferred (Parts 1, 2 and 3 required for H1B visas)
  • Copy of 5th Pathway certificate (if applicable)
  • Foreign language documents must be submitted along with English translated version.

Required Documents for Residents currently attending American medical school:

  • Three current letters of recommendation from medical school faculty, including:
    • Letter from Dean indicating student's status and expected graduation date. (Letters must be less than six months old.)
  • Official medical school transcript copy, including 3rd year grades.
  • Copy of final year grades and medical school diploma must be submitted upon graduation.

Required Documents for Residents who have completed some residency training:

  • Copy of medical school diploma and final transcripts.
  • Copy of curriculum vitae
  • 3 current letters of recommendation including
    • Faculty letter from current or most recent residency/fellowship training program or employer that includes training/employment start and end dates. (Letters must be less than 6 months old)

There is no USMLE minimum score requirement. However, scores of 220 and above on parts 1 and 2 and passage of part 3 will be favorably considered.

Favorable consideration is also given to:

  • Graduation within the past 6 years.
  • Clinical research experience.
  • Publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The NSLIJHS sponsors both the J-1 Visa (with USMLE Parts 1 and 2) and the H1B visa (with USMLE parts 1, 2 and 3)

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Our faculty

Program director

Alice Laser, MD