Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

Program Faculty

David Wu, MD PhD
Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program

Peter Byers, MD
Professor, Pathology

Min Fang, MD PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology

Fuki Hisama, MD
Professor, Medical Genetics

Keith Jerome, MD PhD
Associate Professor, Lab Medicine

Thomas Norwood, MD
Professor, Pathology

Colin Pritchard, MD PhD
Assistant Professor, Lab Medicine

Daniel Sabath, MD PhD
Associate Professor, Lab Medicine

Stephen Salipante, MD PhD
Assistant Professor, Lab Medicine

Brian Shirts, MD PhD
Assistant Professor, Lab Medicine

Karen Tsuchiya, MD
Associate Professor, Lab Medicine

Cecilia Yeung, MD PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology


The UWMC Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP) fellowship is a sub-specialty training program leading to potential certification by the American Boards of Pathology and Medical Genetics on successful completion of this ACGME-accredited fellowship and subsequent board examination.  The overall goal of the program is to specifically train fellows in the practice of diagnostic molecular pathology, the use and interpretation of molecular laboratory techniques, and in the independent administration and directing of a molecular laboratory.  The fellowship program is structured to include didactic, clinical and laboratory experiences in the following areas:

  • General principles and medical knowledge of molecular biology and molecular diagnostics
  • Clinical practice of molecular genetic pathology diagnostics, including:
    • Appropriate use and interpretation of molecular assays
    • Performance and trouble-shooting of molecular technologies
    • Hands-on practical and sign-out experience in various molecular laboratories:
      • Genetics, including adult, pediatric, biochemical, and collagen laboratories
      • Molecular hematopathology
      • Molecular microbiology and virology 
      • Solid tumor molecular oncology, including next-generation sequencing (UW-Oncoplex™, ColoSeq™ and BROCA)
      • Cytogenetics, includes prenatal, cancer, and solid and hematopoietic FISH/ISH, and array-CGH based analyses
      • Clinical immunogenetics
  • Laboratory administration
    • Quality control and quality improvement projects
    • New assay development, validation and implementation
    • Personnel management
    • Regulatory and fiscal issues
  • Surgical pathology and autopsy rotations (for medical genetics-trained fellows only)
  • Clinical genetic rotations  (for pathology-trained fellows only)
  • Other scholarly and didactic activities
    • Research project(s), as possible
    • Didactic seminar experiences

This fellowship will focus on key competency areas for professional growth and development, including Patient care, Medical knowledge, Practice-based learning and improvement, Interpersonal and Communication skills, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice (see Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, 11(6)-497, 2009).  Throughout each of the laboratory and clinical rotations, the fellow is expected to accomplish rotation-specific goals, including acquisition of pertinent technical and clinical knowledge, provision of professional patient care, and active contribution to the specific field of molecular diagnostics through clinical service provision, correspondence with clinical and laboratory colleagues, and related scholarly activities.


Applicants are expected to have completed the training required for certification in Clinical and/or Anatomic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. This requirement may be waived by the Program Director in exceptional cases.

Stipend & Benefits

Appointment is for one year and is subject to renewal for a second year. Salary and benefits are based on the schedule for residents at an equivalent level. Fellows are encouraged to apply for extramural funding if additional years of research training are desired.

For More Information

David Wu, MD, PhD
Department of Laboratory Medicine
University of Washington

Candidates need to submit electronic documents for their application packet.  We accept .doc, .jpg, .pdf and .tif documents as attachments to our fellowship email address.  Letters of reference can be sent by email attachment as well as long as they are on department letterhead and sent directly from the writer's office email OR administrative office email.  Click the link below for specific information about our requirements and applicable forms.

Application & Instructions for Pathology Fellowships
We do not accept the APC Standard Application Form

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