Pathology Medical Student Fellowship

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a one-year fellowship position for medical students who have completed their clinical core rotations. Successful completion of the Pathology Student Fellowship and  of Graduate College course work will culminate in the awarding of a Master's degree in Pathology from the University of Vermont Graduate College. At the conclusion of the Fellowship, the fellows rejoin the VIC curriculum at the Larner College of Medicine in the Advanced Integration rotations.

Program objectives

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

Program Expectations

Students are fully integrated into the activities of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department with the expectation that they will:

  • Assume full responsibility for patient cases and perform duties comparable to that of a first-year pathology resident.
  • Fully participate in departmental conferences.
  • Take a limited amount of weekend call.
  • Enroll in select courses through the UVM Graduate College, which must be completed for the Master’s degree program.
  • Present a formal presentation at Pathology Grand Rounds.

Required Rotations for the Pathology Student Fellowship

While on these rotations, emphasis is placed on basic principles of disease and their application to clinical practice.

  • 2 months of autopsy service
  • 3 months of surgical pathology
  • 1 month of transfusion medicine
  • 1 month of molecular/genomic medicine
  • In the remaining months, students may:
    • Elect rotations on other anatomic or clinical pathology services.
      • Cytopathology, Dermatopathology, Hematopathology, Clinical Chemistry, Medical Microbiology, Forensics 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.
    • Devote some of their time to basic research under the supervision of a staff member.

Core Course Requirements for the Master's Degree in Pathology

PATH 6300 Pathology Rotations (required rotations noted above) 22 credit hours

PATH 6000 Biomedical Research Design 1 credit hour

PATH 6080 Pathology Journal Club 1 credit hour

PATH 6090 Pathology Grand Rounds 1 credit hour

PATH 6100 Clinical Genomic Medicine 1 credit hour

NSCI 6270 Responsible Conduct in Biomedical Research 1 credit hour


The Student Fellows receive a stipend and have student loans deferred during the Fellowship year

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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.