Cytopathology Fellowship

About the Program

The Cytopathology Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program designed to train academically-oriented cytopathologists. Two positions are offered. Fellowships include both clinical and research training. Clinical training includes signing out gyn cytology (about 15,000 a year), aspirates (about 2,500) and other non-gyn specimens (about 4,000). An active pathology based FNAB clinic is present where fellows learn how to perform, smear, and interpret FNABs. Immunocytochemistry is routinely utilized on clinical specimens. Research interests of the faculty include fine needle aspiration biopsy, molecular techniques, gastrointestinal and liver pathology, and urologic pathology.

FAQ

What Pathology fellowships are available at Iowa?

There are fellowships available in surgical pathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, microbiology, blood/bank transfusion medicine, and molecular pathology.

How is vacation time handled?

Fellows have 15 weekday vacation days a year. Professional leave for meetings is negotiated on an individual basis. Leave is granted for National Board exams and American Board of Pathology exams but not for board preparation courses. For job interviews or board preparation courses, each house staff member will be allowed five working days of leave. Additional days taken for job interviews or board preparation courses must use vacation.

What about fringe benefits such as book/travel funds?

Each fellow is given $1500/year for books/journals, meetings or memberships. Travel to national conferences is paid for by the department for fellows presenting abstracts.

How well do Iowa fellows fare in finding jobs after training?

The established reputation of excellence in training at the University of Iowa, combined with the recent trend of increasing demand and aging of current pathologists, has meant a tremendous opportunity for fellows from our program. All departing fellows in recent years have had no difficulty getting offers for desirable positions in both academic and private settings.

Program Accreditation

The Cytopathology Fellowship at UI Hospitals & Clinics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Information specific to program requirements for a pathology training program may be found at the ACGME’s Pathology Residency Review Committee.

Teaching Conferences

Numerous conferences are available. Attendance is expected for all cytopathology conferences and expected as time allows for the others.

Monday

  • Surgical Pathology Gross Conference, 7:30 A.M. Weekly
  • Endocrine/Pathology Conference, 5:00 P.M. Monthly 

Tuesday

  • Surgical Pathology Micro Conference, 8:00 A.M. Weekly

Thursday

  • Cytopathology Didactic Conference, 7:30 A.M. Bi-weekly
  • Cytopathology Journal Club, 7:30 A.M. Bi- monthly
  • Pathology Grand Rounds, Weekly, Noon

Friday

  • GI Liver Biopsy Conference, 8:00 A.M. Weekly
  • Cytopath/Cytotechnologists Scope Conference, 9:30 A.M. Weekly

Schedule/Rotations

The cytopathology fellowship includes 52 weeks of training in cytopathology with active involvement in a hospital based fine needle aspiration (FNA) service including a pathology based FNA clinic and an onsite adequacy assessment service with pathologists attending FNA’s performed under radiologic imaging or endoscopic guidance. Fellows are actively involved in all aspects of cytopathology signout along with cytopathology faculty including a full spectrum of gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology specimens.

Electives

Although there are no established elective rotations, it is possible to arrange electives in areas of particular interest to individual fellows which have applicability to the practice of cytopathology. Areas which might be considered for elective could include flow cytometry, molecular pathology, cytogenetics, and subspecialty areas of surgical pathology. Development of a elective would include input from the fellow, program director and elective faculty to ensure the elective meets the needs of the fellow, is applicable to cytopathology practice and has clear, achievable goals and objectives.

Research/Investigators

Pathology has historically been defined by the intersection of laboratory science and clinical medicine. Each new advancement in science that has had an impact on diagnostic medicine has spawned a new area of "laboratory medicine", from the application of light microscopy to immunohistochemistry, from serology to flow cytometry, and molecular genetics. In order for a pathology department to lead, and not just follow, it must create and maintain "germinal centers" of those sciences related to human biology and pathobiology. This difficult and fragile process is called "research". It is the strength of our Pathology Department that this process has happened in the past. We are fully committed to its continuation.

Pathology Research Investigators

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to the Cytopathology Fellowship Program, please send or email to Vicky Farrington-Howrey a cover letter, CAP Standardized Pathology Fellowship Application, current curriculum vitae, personal statement, medical school Dean’s letter, three letters of recommendation that include one from the pathology residency director and two additional faculty, USMLE(3) scores, copy of ECFMG certificate (applies to international medical graduates only), copy of Permanent Visa (if applicable), and copy of medical school diploma.

Applications will be accepted until fellowship position(s) are filled.

Priority Deadline

Applications are accepted in on an ongoing, rolling basis until fellowship positions are filled for any given fellowship year. Typically we begin to review applications approximately 21 months prior to the fellowship start date. Applications will continue to be accepted until fellowship positions are filled.

Eligibility for Fellowship

Applications will be accepted from residents who have had two to four years of straight anatomic pathology training and from residents who have three to four years of combined anatomic and clinical pathology training. Board eligible applicants are preferred.

Certification Requirements

Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process which serves multiple purposes for the trainee and the public.

Certification is

  • one mission of the training program to produce trainees who meet board eligibility criteria;
  • distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise;
  • provides more opportunities when applying for employment;
  • a commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care; and
  • elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare.

For more information visit the American Board of Pathology for specifics on board certification requirements.

The Interview

We will interview candidates for positions beginning as early as October and ending when positions are filled. Orientation for all new fellows begins on July 1, so you must be available for that start date and be licensed in Iowa by June 30.

I got an interview! Now what?

What should I expect the night before my interview?

The fellowship coordinator will meet you around 8:30 a.m. at the fountain entrance of the hospital and will escort you to your first interview. We suggest business attire for your interview day.

The components of your day will include: an overview of the fellowship program, individual meetings with the Head of the Pathology Department, faculty and fellows within the division. If there is a specific person you would like to visit with please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate your request.

Our People

Our people are the heart of our program. From the reception desk to the laboratory technicians, from the gross room to the molecular laboratory, from the blood bank to the FNA clinic, from the resident room to the faculty offices, you will find our people in our department interested and eager to help you become the best pathologist you can be.

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, teachers and clinicians in our profession. We provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals while maintaining an open-door philosophy and collegial atmosphere.

Current Fellows

 

 

Jadon Wiese, MD

Jadon Wiese, MD

5216A RCP
1-319-356-2645, pager #8841
jadon-wiese@uiowa.edu

Education and Training:

BA:  Hendrix College, CONWAY, Ark., 2007-2011
MD:  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark., 2013-2017
Residency:  AP/CP, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2017-2021
Fellowship:  Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2021-2022

Publications:

Zybailov B, Gokulan K, Wiese J, Ramanagoudr-Bhojappa R, Byrd AK, Glazko G, Jaiswal M, Mackintosh S, Varughese KI, Raney KD:  Analysis of protein-protein interaction interface between yeast mitochondrial proteins Rim1 and Pif1 using chemical cross-linking mass spectrometry.  J Proteomics Bioinform 2015;8(1):243-52

Hatch CD, Wiese JS, Crane CC, Harris KJ, Kloss HG, Baltrusaitis J:  Water adsorption on clay minerals as a function of relative humidity:  Application of BET and Fruendlich adsorption models.  Langmuir 2012;28(3): 1790-803

Past Fellows

Corey Allard, portrait

Corey Allard, DO (2021-2022)

DO:  Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Mo., 2012-2016
Residency:  AP/CP, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2016-2020
Fellowship:  Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2020-2021
Current Position:  Pathologist, Pathology Medical Services PC, Lincoln, Neb.

Neha Dhungana, portrait

Neha Dhungana, MD (2021-2022)

MD:  University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011-2016
Residency:  AP/CP, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2016-2020
Fellowship:  Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2020-2021
Current Position:  Faculty, Dominion Pathology Association, Roanoke, Va.

Derek Ellingson, portrait

Derek Ellingson, DO (2020-2021)

Medical School: DO, Andrew Taylor Still University/Kirksville College of Medicine, Mo., 2003-2007
Residency: AP/CP, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. 2007-2011
Current Position:  Pathgroup, Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Devin Shrock, MD

Devin Shrock, MD (2020-2021)

Medical School: MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan., 2011-2015
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2015-2019
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2019-2020
Current Position:  Faculty, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

 

Sarika Gupta, MBBS

Sarika Gupta, MB, BS (2019-2020)

Medical School: MB, BS, Maulana Azad Medical College, NEW DELHI, 2001-2007
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, 2014-2018
Current Position:  Faculty, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa


Sagar Vishal, MD

Sagar Vishal, MD (2019-2020)

Medical School: MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark., 2008-2014
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, 2014-2018
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, 2018-2019
Current Position:  Pathologist, Fox Valley Pathologists, Appleton, Wisc.


Sydney Rooney

Sydney Rooney, MD (2018-2019)

Medical School: MD, University of North Dakota, School of Medicine, Grand Forks, N.D., 2009-2013
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2013-2017
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2017-2018
Current Position: Pathologist, St. Cloud Pathologists, St. Cloud, Minn.


Ava Bhattarai, MBBS

Ava Bhattarai, MD (2017-2018)

Medical School: Zainul Haq Sikder Mohila Medical College, Dhaka, Bangledesh, 1995-2002
Residency: AC/PC, Kasturba Medical College, Karnataka, India 2007-2010; University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2012-2016
Additional Training: Fellowship, Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2016-2017
Current Position: Pathologist, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tenn.


Tejashree Karnik

Tejashree Karnik, MBBS (2017-2018)

Medical School: Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad, India, 2001-2007
Residency: AC/PC, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., 2012-2016
Additional Training: Fellowship, Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., 2016-2017
Current Position: Pathologist, Rochester Regional Health, Rochester, N.Y.


Carly Rysgaard

Carolynn Rysgaard, MD (2016-2017)

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, 2011
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011-2015
Additional Training: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2015-2016
Current Position: Pathologist, St. Cloud Pathologists, St. Cloud, Minn.


Riley Alexander

Riley E. Alexander, MD, MBA (2015-2016)

Medical School: Indiana University, School of Medicine, Indianapolis, 2010
Residency: AP/CP, Indiana University, School of Medicine, Indianapolis, 2010-2014
Additional Training: Entrepreneurship in Molecular Diagnostics, Aledo Consulting, Inc., Indianapolis, 2014-2015
Current Position: Pathologist, Intermountain Healthcare McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden, Utah


Omar Jaber

Omar Jaber, MD (2015-2016)

Medical School: University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, 2009
Internship: Jordan University Hospital, Amman, Jordan, 2009-2010
Residency: AP/CP, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, 2010-2011; AP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011-2014
Current Position: Surgical Pathology Fellowship (Soft Tissue/Bone), University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2016-2017


Michael Kyle

Michael Kyle, MD (2014-2015)

Medical School: Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, Calif., 2009
Residency: AP/CP, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, Calif., 2009-2013
Additional Training: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2013-2014
Current Position: Pathologist, Vista Pathology, Medford, Ore.


Thomas Wilson, MD (2014-2015)

Medical School: University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Chicago, 2009
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2009-2013
Additional Training: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2013-2014
Current Position: Pathologist, Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill.


Michael Gailey, DO (2013-2014)

Medical School: Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, Ariz., 2008
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2008-2012
Additional Training: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2012-2013
Current Position: Pathologist, Colorado Pathology Consultants, Denver


James Lozano, MD (2013-2014)

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2009
Residency: AP/CP, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va., 2009-2013
Current Position: Springfield, Ill.


Guiyuan (Gwen) Li, MD (2012-2013)

Medical School: China Medical University, Taiwan, China, 1997
Residency: AP/CP, University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio, 2008-2011; AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011-2012
Current Position: Hematopathology Fellowship, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.


Joseph Mitros, MD (2012-2013)

Medical School: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2007
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2007-2011
Additional Training: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011-2012
Current Position: Pathologist, Pathology Associates of Central Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa


Sara (Beth) Kilborn, MD (2011-2012)

Medical School: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2006
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2006-2010
Additional Training: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2010-2011
Current Position: Pathologist, Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, Ill.


Megan Samuelson, MD (2011-2012)

Medical School: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2006
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2006-2010
Additional Training: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011-2012
Current Position: Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa


Sara Shunkwiler, MD (2010-2011)

Medical School: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2006
Residency: AP/CP, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., 2006-2010
Additional Training: Transfusion Medicine Fellow, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011-2012
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.

Fellowship Leaders

Program Director

Chris Jensen, MD
     Chris Jensen, MD
     Clinical Professor, Surgical Pathology
     Director of Cytopathology
     200 Hawkins Drive
     5238-B Roy Carver Pavilion
     Iowa City, IA 52242-1009
     1-319-356-3217
     Email: chris-jensen@uiowa.edu

 


Fellowship Coordinator

Vicky Farrington-Howrey
     Vicky Farrington-Howrey
     200 Hawkins Drive
     C684 General Hospital
     Iowa City, IA 52242
     Phone: 1-319-356-0319
     Fax: 319-384-9613
     Email:  vicky-farrington@uiowa.edu

Key Faculty

Cytopathology is a multifaceted laboratory performing service, education and scholarly work. The service area of the laboratory is responsible for preparation, staining and microscopic examination of patient samples. The cytologic samples may be used for screening (cervical-vaginal), a diagnosis (FNA), or (when a cytology is performed in conjunction with a surgical procedure) improving the overall diagnostic accuracy (brushes, washes).

Cytology also has a pathologist-based Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAB) service located in the Clinical Cancer Center for palpable masses. The pathologists also travel to other clinic areas for FNA of non-palpable thoracic, abdominal and soft tissue masses.

Chris Jensen, MD
Cytology Director
1-319-356-3217
chris-jensen@uiowa.edu

Amani Bashir, MBBS
Cytology Faculty
1-319-467-5706
amani-bashir@uiowa.edu

Laila Dahmoush, MBChB
Assistant Cytology Director
1-319-356-4440
laila-dahmoush@uiowa.edu

Marina Ivanovic, MD, FIAC
Cytology Faculty
1-319-353-6861
marina-ivanovic@uiowa.edu

Robert A. Robinson, MD, PhD
Cytology Faculty
1-319-356-4163
robert-a-robinson@uiowa.edu

Megan I. Samuelson, MD
Cytology Faculty
1-319-353-6796
megan-samuelson@uiowa.edu