Pathology (PSP)

Pathology is the study of disease through the utilization of structural and functional changes to gain information about the human organism's response to injury. The goal of the Pathology Study Program is to provide the medical student with a thorough learning experience in pathology and laboratory medicine under the guidance of a senior faculty preceptor. The essential elements of this program are: a) independent, but guided, research experience (bench or library), and b) active participation in small group seminars.

Director: Shannon J. McCall, M.D.

Pathology Post-Sophomore Fellowship Information

Duke Pathology offers a one-year post-sophomore fellowship opportunity for Duke medical students interested in pursuing a career in pathology. One position is available each academic year (July 1-June 30). Students who have finished their junior year of medical school may also apply.

The goal of the fellowship is to provide a total immersion experience similar to that of a PGY-1 pathology resident. The fellow will have rotations in surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, and clinical pathology. Elective months are available in subspecialties including dermatopathology, neuropathology, GI pathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, and others. Clinical pathology months may include transfusion medicine, flow cytometry, microbiology, molecular pathology, and others. The program is flexible, and can be adjusted and modified depending on the interest of the student.

The fellow will always be under the supervision of pathology residents and faculty, and will participate in frozen sections, grossing, autopsies, and on-call responsibilities. The fellow will attend and participate in daily teaching conferences.  The fellow may also elect to propose a clinical research project and select a research mentor within the department. Presentation of research findings at a national conference is encouraged and supported.


Students must be in good academic standing and have completed at least two or three years of medical school prior to the fellowship. The starting date is flexible depending on the medical school calendar.  Applicants under consideration will be invited for an interview. The residency program director and education committee will review each applicant, and a final decision will be made before May 15, although this is flexible.

The following documents should be submitted for Fellowship consideration: Curriculum vitae, personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and USMLE Step 1 (if completed). 

Stipend and Benefits:

The fellow will receive a stipend and benefits identical to those of a first year Duke basic medical science graduate student ($30,550 for 2017-18). The student will receive a $1000 book/travel allowance from the Pathology Department.

Please contact the Fellowship Coordinator:  Debra Andersen, C-TAGME, Administrative Coordinator for residency, post-sophomore fellowship, and neuropathology and hematopathology fellowships.  Duke University Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Box 3712, Durham, North Carolina 27710.

Phone: 919-684-2070    Email:

Please feel free to contact John Carney MD, Director of the Pathology Post-Sophomore Fellowship, for further information. Dr. Carney is Assistant Professor of Pathology specializing in Cardiac and Thoracic pathology.

PSP Faculty Mentors