Pathology Medical Student Fellowship

The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine offers a one-year fellowship position for medical students who have completed their clinical core rotations. Successful completion of the fellowship will culminate in the awarding of a Master's degree in Pathology. The objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. To enhance the student's knowledge of pathology as a basic science and as a field of medical practice.
  2. To educate students in the appropriate use of laboratory information in clinical problem solving.
  3. To design a program that will take into consideration the unique needs of each student.
  4. To introduce students to the principles of basic and applied research.

The required rotations for each Student Fellow are as follows. While on these rotations emphasis is placed on basic principles of disease and their application to clinical practice.

  • 2 months assigned to the autopsy service
  • 4 months assigned to surgical pathology
  • 1 month of transfusion medicine
  • In the remaining months, students elect rotations on other anatomic or clinical pathology services or devote some of their time to basic research under the supervision of a staff member. The service assignments that students may elect include all of the major sub-specialties in pathology including Cytopathology, Dermatopathology, Hematopathology, Clinical Chemistry, Medical Microbiology, and others. While engaged in these rotations Student Fellows will learn about the specialized ancillary testing techniques used in diagnosis, including flow cytometry, immunohistochemical staining, FISH, and molecular genetics.

Students are fully integrated into the activities of the Department. They will assume full responsibility for their cases and duties comparable to that of a first year Pathology house officer, fully participate in departmental conferences, including presenting at some, and take a limited amount of weekend call. Toward the end of the fellowship year a formal presentation at Pathology Grand Rounds is an expectation.

The Student Fellows receive a stipend and have loans deferred during the year. At the conclusion of the Fellowship they rejoin the VIC curriculum in the Advanced Integration portion.

For more information, interested students should contact Dr. John Lunde.


Commitment to education...

Faculty & alumni create Pathology Student Fellowship Endowment..Read the article in Vermont Medicine.


The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine celebrates a gift from UVM Professor Emeritus William Pendlebury, M.D., to the Pathology Student Fellowship program and launches the public phase of a fundraising campaign. From left: Laurie Griesinger '16, Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., Richard Smith '16, William Pendlebury, M.D., John Lunde, M.D.