Cytology Fellowship

Current Cytopathology Fellow(s):  Daniel Griffin, MD
Cytopathology Fellowship Director:  Dana Richards, MD


This program is a one-year clinically oriented program devoted to all areas of cytopathology. Extensive training and experience in gynecologic, nongynecologic, and fine needle aspiration biopsy cytology are provided, with the pathology service performing most of the aspirates. The total number of cytology specimens accessioned annually is about 16,000 with about 13% abnormal gynecologic specimens, and over 2100 FNAs. Time is also devoted to laboratory management and quality assurance skills, teaching, and a research project in cytopathology. Training in immunocytochemistry and other ancillary techniques is included. 

The fellowship lasts 12 months and will generally start July 1. The majority of months will be spent doing clinical cytopathology including special techniques. There will be three months of research/elective and one month for vacation and professional meeting leave.

In the first months the fellow will be responsible for learning technical procedures (including fine needle aspiration biopsy technique) and reviewing cytology diagnostic concepts. The fellow will then take increasing responsibility for sign-out of cytologic specimens as abilities and regulations permit. The fellow will also manage the fine needle aspiration service under direct supervision of the faculty. The fellow will help with clinical teaching of other house staff including pathology residents and will be responsible for actively participating in the following conferences: monthly Cytology Conference, Tumor Board, Slide Conference, Advances in Diagnostic Pathology Course, and occasional subspecialty conferences. The fellow will have some quality assurance responsibilities and will be given occasional laboratory management tasks.

The fellow is expected to participate in at least one research project related to cytopathology culminating in a paper and/or a presentation at a scientific meeting. Electives can be spent in research and/or another related laboratory in pathology.

Applicants who are board-eligible in AP or AP/CP at the start of the fellowship are preferred. Candidates should be eligible for a medical license in the state of Kentucky.

Commensurate with year of postgraduate training in pathology.

We are currently accepting applications for a cytopathology fellowship starting in June 2021. In order to apply for a cytopathlogy fellowship at the University of Kentucky, please send the following documents to Samantha Furnish:

CAP Standardized Application for Pathology Fellowships
3 Letters of Recommendation
Personal Statement
USMLE scores and ECFMG certificate