Cytology Fellowship


Current Cytopathology Fellow(s): Autumn Hammonds, DO, Treeva Jassim, MBChB

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 15,000 with about 13% abnormal gynecologic specimens, and over 2000 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 are 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 must be board-eligible in AP or AP/CP by the start of the fellowship. Candidates must be eligible for a medical license in the state of Kentucky.

Commensurate with year of postgraduate training in pathology.

2022-2023 – Fellowship is filled
2023-2024 – One position available
2024-2025 – Two positions available

We are participating in the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) unified recruitment timeline for cytopathology fellowship programs for the 2024-2025 fellowship year starting on July 1, 2024 (two position available). Applications will start being reviewed on July 15, 2022, but applications may be submitted until an offer is accepted. Interview requests will be sent starting on August 15. Fellowship offers will begin to be extended on October 1, 2022.

Cytopathology Fellowship video:

In order to apply for a cytopathology fellowship at the University of Kentucky, please send the following documents to

Dr. Richards performing an ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of a neck lesion.

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