Cytopathology Fellowship



The Cytopathology fellowship program at GW offers comprehensive training in all aspects of Cytopathology, with special emphasis on fine needle aspiration. Approximately half of all fine needle aspiration procedures done at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences are performed by the pathologists in our Department of Pathology-based FNA Clinic. The use of ThinPrep processing technology, availability of extensive on-site ancillary techniques, and the integration of surgical pathology with Cytopathology are other highlights of the program. Our program is accredited by the ACGME and five Cytopathology board-certified faculty members cover the service.


One month of the fellowship year is devoted to elective experience, during which time specialized interests may be pursued either at GW or other institutions. In addition, one month is dedicated to research. We also offer one month of the fellowship year at the National Institute of Health (NIH). Once a week the fellow spends a day on the Cytopathology Service at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. The fellow also participate in many intra-and interdepartmental conferences, and is involved in quality assurance, teaching, intra-operative consultation, and research activities.

Application Process

Please complete the application form and return it, along with copies of your curriculum vitae, USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3, and ECFMG certificate if applicable. At least two letters of recommendation, one from your residency program director and one from a pathologist familiar with you and your work, should also be sent under separate cover addressed to:

Sana O. Tabbara, M.D.
Director, Division Anatomic Pathology

Please mail your correspondence to the attention of:

Sandra Boccanera, Department of Pathology, 2120 L Street, NW, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037. 

Phone: (202) 677-6600 and email:

Applications will be accepted starting September 1.