Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Director: Alice Clark Coogan

Description: The Cytopathology Fellowship provides sub-specialty training in Cytopathology in preparation for certification in specialty qualification in Cytopathology by the American Board of Pathology. Fellows will be trained in gynecologic cytology a non-gynecologic cytology including fine needle aspiraton (FNA) cytology with acquisition of diagnostic competence and technical skill. Training in effective communication with patients and clinicians is emphasized as well as training in cytopathology laboratory management including QA/QC training and improvement, with the ultimate goal of optimizing patient care. Vanderbilt University receives 20,000 pap smears, 9,000 --non-gyn specimens, 3,000 Fine needle aspiration biopsies annually. The fellow has one month of elective time during the fellowship and may elect to do research or to spend time on a surgical pathology sub- specialty rotation such as Gastrointestinal, Breast, GYN or Genitourinary.

Requirements: Completion of an ACGME accredited Pathology Residency training program.

Types and Numbers of Appointments: One fellowship position per year will be available.

Facilities:  Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 63,000 inpatient admissions during the most recent fiscal year. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated 2.2 million patients during this same period.

Both the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and School of Nursing are recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Graduate Schools as among the nation’s best with the School of Medicine currently ranked 15th and the School of Nursing 13th. Through its programs in Graduate Medical Education the Medical Center is also home to more than 1,000 physicians in training who are amassing clinical expertise in over 90 residency and fellowship programs.

The School of Medicine’s biomedical research program has earned its place among the nation’s top 10 academic medical centers in terms of public and private research funding, receiving more than $500 million in total funding during 2016.

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized each year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings as national leaders. In the publication’s most recent rankings Vanderbilt’s hospitals finished with 19 nationally ranked adult and pediatric specialties.

Community: Vanderbilt Medical Center is part of the 330-acre Vanderbilt University campus in a sophisticated, diverse residential community about 1.5 miles from downtown Nashville, with numerous shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, is the site of numerous colleges and universities, two medical schools, and several large teaching hospitals. The city has an extensive parks system, a symphony orchestra, opera, ballet, performing arts center, zoo, several museums, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. The city offers a wide variety of cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities, including a professional football team and hockey team. The Nashville Metropolitan area is home to about 1.5 million inhabitants.

Please note that the 2019-2020 position has been filled.  For fellowships starting July 1, 2020, applications will be accepted starting July 2018 and interviews will begin in October 2018.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, Vanderbilt application, CV, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation to:

Applications: Tapherine DeVany, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, 1161 21st Avenue, MCN CC3322, Nashville, TN 37232-2561


*Application and pertinent information can be found under
Graduate Medical Education