Pathology Residency & Fellowships

2020 Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine Faculty

Welcome to the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine 

Vice-Chair for Education,
Dr. Suzanne Z. Powell

Thanks for your interest in our Pathology Residency Program.  Our chair, James M. Musser MD, PhD, and I invite you to review our program’s video to learn about the program structure from the following pages. 

 

Our residency program is accredited by the ACGME for 20 trainees, and we usually recruit 5 trainees annually.  We have 13 fellowships, 12 that are accredited by the ACGME and the 13th, in Clinical Chemistry, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry.  Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with Texas A&M College of Medicine and serves as a training site for MS3 and MS4 medical students.  In addition, Houston Methodist Hospital houses a new medical school program, also with Texas A&M, in Engineering Medicine.  The medical students from both programs may rotate in our Department, and our trainees have the opportunity to interact with and teach these students.

 

Recruitment is a special time for us, and we look forward to meeting you!  The majority of our rotations occur within Houston Methodist Hospital.   Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked in the Top 20 Hospitals in the nation by US News and World Reports, is ranked in 9 specialties, and is ranked best hospital in Texas.  Houston Methodist Hospital is an adult hospital, without pediatric services.   We were the first department of Pathology in the United States to be approved to transfuse convalescent plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to acutely ill patients hospitalized with active COVID-19 infection.  Our department has supported the diagnostic testing for COVID-19 for our entire 7-hospital system, which accounted for 17-40% of all hospital positive COVID-19 cases in Houston.  Our clinical pathology services (blood banking/transfusion medicine, hematopathology, microbiology, and clinical laboratory services, including molecular diagnostics) and anatomic pathology services (surgical pathology and subspecialties, cytopathology and autopsy service) are second to none.   The residency program provides two daily conferences, at 8 am and noon.  Our Friday morning didactic anatomic pathology conference is broadcast throughout the Texas Medical Center and to another institution outside of the state of Texas.  Our Monday morning unknown conference can be viewed digitally through RecutClub.com.  We welcome your participation and review of our unknown cases!

 

Our program offers a Resident Research Track (see below) that is tailored to each candidate’s skills, interests and expertise.  An additional application form (beyond ERAS) is required (see below).

 

The residency program is structured to meet the needs of each individual in the context of requirements by the ACGME for training and the American Board of Pathology for certification.  Anatomic and Clinical Pathology rotations are mixed throughout the years of training, and interested candidates may enter training in AP/CP, AP/NP, AP only, or CP only tracks.  Interest in the CP only track should be declared, as there is a separate matching program for that track.  The other options are contained in the general match.  Outside required rotations are at the Harris County Institute for Forensic Sciences, and pediatric pathology at University of Texas – Houston, Hermann Children’s Hospital, as well as two required rotations (PGY3 and PGY4 years) at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Autopsy and Surgical Pathology.   The program is structured to develop graduated responsibility in all areas of Pathology.  Residents participate in leadership and management activities in the department, and are critical elements in the preparation for CAP Accreditation of the laboratories.   A myriad of other elective opportunities are available.   We create a supportive educational setting that provides for individual growth and development for all.   Our residents are involved in hospital committees, GME committees, and volunteer activities sponsored by the hospital system.  We look forward to hearing from you, and we welcome any questions you may have regarding any of our programs.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our program.

 

Houston Methodist Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs from Houston Methodist on Vimeo.

 

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message from our Chiefs

One of the things I like best about Houston Methodist Hospital is the opportunity for trainees to take a hands-on role in patient care. In Cytology, we have a superficial fine needle aspiration clinic where we work with our cytopathologists to perform FNAs, determine adequacy, triage specimens, and ultimately make the diagnosis. Similarly, in Transfusion Medicine, we actively participate in consultation and management of apheresis patients. We also take part in treating patients receiving convalescent plasma for COVID19. At Houston Methodist Hospital, it is obvious that both anatomic and clinical pathologists are an essential part of the clinical team, and that patient care is our central focus. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our residency program.

 

Tiffany G. Sheu, MD

Chief Resident, PGY5, PRG4

tgsheu@houstonmethodist.org

The focus on graduated responsibilities is what initially attracted me to Houston Methodist Hospital. From day one of surgical pathology, residents learn to construct pathology reports and generate differential diagnosis. We preview all of our cases giving us the opportunity to formulate our thoughts. During our clinical pathology training, we work closely with faculty to answer clinical questions pertaining to laboratory tests and solve the many technical challenges that clinical laboratories have to work through. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our residency program.

 

Lukas Cara, MD

Chief Resident, PGY3

lrcara@houstonmethodist.org

One of the things that really attracted me to Houston Methodist Hospital was the balance between the anatomic pathology (AP) and clinical pathology (CP) sides of the department. Pathology programs can be strong in one or the other, but the CP departments at Houston Methodist are really equal to the AP departments. Resident education with practical work experience are a focus of this program, which in a constantly changing field are invaluable. The overall experiences I have had on our AP and CP rotations as well as the teaching by the faculty have prepared me well for my future job. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our programs.

 

Jessica Tomsula, MD

Chief Fellow/PGY5 Hematopathology Fellow

jatomsula@houstonmethodist.org

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Our Training Programs

 

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency

Houston Methodist, an affiliate of the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, offers ACGME-accredited training in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and combined anatomic and clinical pathology. 

Investigative Resident Research Program
Our resident research program provides flexible, individualized, and carefully mentored interdisciplinary research training focused on molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis. 

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship
Houston Methodist offers an ACGME-accredited blood banking/transfusion medicine fellowship for physicians who have completed pathology specialty training and are interested in pursuing a career in blood banking/transfusion medicine and related research.

Breast-Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship
Houston Methodist offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship in breast-gynecologic pathology for physicians who have completed pathology training and are interested in strengthening and specializing their skills in breast-gynecologic pathology and related research.

Clinical Chemistry Fellowship
Houston Methodist offers a ComACC-accredited clinical chemistry fellowship for postdoctoral students interested in pursuing a career in clinical chemistry and related research.

Clinical Informatics Fellowship
Houston Methodist offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship in clinical informatics. This fellowship is designed for physicians and physician scientists who have completed training and are interested in strengthening and specializing their skills in clinical informatics and related research and patient care activities.

Cytopathology Fellowship
Houston Methodist offers an ACGME-accredited cytopathology fellowship for physicians who have completed pathology specialty training and are interested in pursuing a career in cytopathology and related research.

Genitourinary-Medical Kidney Pathology Fellowship 
The Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine of Houston Methodist Hospital offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship in genitourinary-medical kidney for physicians who have completed residency training and are interested in strengthening and specializing their skills in genitourinary-medical kidney pathology and related research.

Hematopathology Fellowship 
Houston Methodist offers an ACGME-accredited hematopathology fellowship and an ACGME-accredited selective hematopathology fellowship to provide broad exposure to the evaluation of hematopathological diseases and the technology used to ensure accurate diagnoses. 

HLA Fellowship
Houston Methodist offers an ACGME-accredited histocompatibility and transplant immunology (HLA) fellowship for physicians who have completed pathology specialty training and are interested in pursuing a career in HLA laboratory management and related research.
 
Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship
Houston Methodist offers an ACGME-accredited molecular genetic pathology fellowship for physicians who have completed pathology or medical genetics specialty training and are interested in pursuing a career in molecular genetic pathology and related research.
 
Neuropathology Fellowship
Houston Methodist offers an ACGME-accredited neuropathology fellowship for physicians who have completed pathology, neurology, or neurosurgery specialty training and are interested in pursuing a career in neuropathology, neurology, or neurosurgery and related research.
 
Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship
Houston Methodist offers an ACGME-accredited (selective pathology) ophthalmic pathology fellowship for physicians who have completed pathology specialty training, or are undertaking ophthalmology training, and are interested in pursuing a career in ophthalmic pathology or ophthalmology and related research.
 
Surgical Pathology Fellowship
Houston Methodist offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship for physicians with pathology training who would like to receive additional training in general surgical pathology.
 
Medical Student Rotations
Elective rotations for medical students are also available. For more information or to schedule a rotation, please contact Leah (Ginger) Jozwiak at 713.441.3496 or ljozwiak@houstonmethodist.org.

 

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