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 Institutes 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 participates in many intra and inter-departmental conferences and is involved in quality assurance, teaching, intra-operative consultation, and research activities.

Current Openings

Academic year 2022-2023 - Open
Academic year 2023-2024 - Filled
Academic year 2024-2025 - Open

Application Process

We are participating in the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) unified recruitment timeline for cytopathology fellowship programs for the 2023-2024 fellowship year starting on July 1, 2023. Please complete the application form and return it, along with copies of your personal statement, curriculum vitae, USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3, and ECFMG certificate if applicable. You must be a graduate of an ACGME certified pathology residency program. 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:

Stephanie Barak, M.D.
Program Director, Fellowships
The GWU Medical Faculty Associates
2300 M Street NW Suite 715
Washington, DC 20037

Please email your application materials to:

Randy Spencer, MHA
Program Coordinator, Fellowships and Residency
(202) 677-6613

Application Timeline:
July 1, 2022 - Accepting applications
July 15, 2022 - Application review begins
August 12, 2022 through November 15, 2022 - Interview session
October 3, 2022 - Earliest date to extend an offer

(Please note you will have 72 hours to either accept of decline an offer)