Hematopathology Fellowship

About the Program

Our Hematopathology Fellowship includes one year of clinical training in the practice of hematopathology with the option for one or more additional years of research.

One position is offered every year.

Clinical training includes:

  • bone marrow pathology
  • surgical hematopathology (lymph nodes, spleens)
  • laboratory hematology/coagulation
  • molecular pathology
  • immunopathology

A variety of observational and clinical pathologic studies can be pursued during the clinical year. Research training involves basic research or application of basic research techniques either in immunologic or molecular aspects of hematology or in hemostasis/thrombosis.

Program Accreditation

The Hematopathology 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.

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.

Schedule

Heme Lab (Bone Marrow/Lymph Nodes)

Immunology Lab (Cytogenetics)

Coagulation Lab

Heme Lab (Bone Marrow/Lymph Nodes)

Molecular Pathology Lab

Heme Lab (Bone Marrow/Lymph Nodes)

Heme Lab (Bone Marrow/Lymph Nodes)

Heme Lab (Bone Marrow/Lymph Nodes)

Heme Lab (Bone Marrow/Lymph Nodes)

Immunology Lab (Cytogenetics)

Heme Lab (Bone Marrow/Lymph Nodes)

Heme Lab (Bone Marrow/Lymph Nodes)

Research Lab (Elective)

Rotations

All rotations are done at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Fifty-five percent of the rotation schedule is done on bone marrow and lymph nodes services with additional service scheduled in flow cytometry, coagulation, molecular pathology, cytogenetics, and research elective.

Education/Conferences

Name of Conference

Frequency

Hematology/Blood Bank Conference Weekly – Sept - May
Coagulation Conference Weekly
Lymphoma Conference Weekly
Unknown Conference Weekly
Grand Rounds Weekly – Sept - May
Clinical Pathology Morning Report Weekly
Pediatric Bone Marrow Conference Weekly
Journal Club Monthly
Clinical Pathology Didactic Conference Weekly – 2 months/year

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to the Hematopathology 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 generally accepted up to 18 months prior to start of the fellowship year, until position is filled.

Eligibility for Fellowship

Applications will be accepted from residents who have had two to four years of straight anatomic or clinical pathology training, from residents who have three to five years of combined anatomic and clinical pathology training, or from graduating medical students who wish to integrate subspecialty training with anatomic or clinical pathology residency training.

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 about 3-4 candidates for 1 position beginning in late September and ending by mid-March. 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 Program Director and one or two additional faculty will join the candidate for dinner around 6 PM. Dress in casual attire but remember to bring/wear a coat/jacket appropriate for the weather.

This dinner is an opportunity for you to meet the faculty and have them answer any questions you may have. Don’t be shy about asking about the things that are on your mind.

What should I expect on the interview day?

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, Vice Chair of Educational Affairs, faculty and fellow(s) 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 Fellow

Renee Eigsti, portrait

Renee Eigsti, MD

6240-L RCP
1-319-384-5722, pager #2274
renee-eigsti@uiowa.edu

Graduate School: BA, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2005-2009
Medical School: MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan., 2011-2015
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2015-2019
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2019-2020

Publications:

Thorpe RK, Policeni B, Eigsti R, Zhan X, Hoffman HT:  CT fistulography and histopathologic correlates for surgical treatment of branchial cleft sinuses.  Ear Nose Throat J 2020:145561320933015

Marcus KS, Zhu VL, Eigsti RL, Hoffman HT:  Fibrous salivary ductal stricture: A novel histopathologic correlate.  Ear Nose Throat J 2020:145561320927553

Eigsti RL, Krasowski MD, Vidholia A, Merrill AE:  Data on interference indices in body fluid specimens submitted for clinical laboratory analysis.  Data Brief 2020;30:105408

Eigsti RL, Krasowski MD, Vidholia A, Merrill AE:  Review of interference indices in body fluid specimens submitted for clinical chemistry analyses.  Pract Lab Med 2020;19:e00155

Eigsti RL, Bayan SL, Robinson RA, Hoffman HT:  Histologic effect of the potassium-titanyl phosphorous laser on laryngeal papilloma.  Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol 2019;4:323-7

Eigsti R, Firchau DJ, Nashelsky MB:  3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy) intoxication in a young adult with giant coronary aneurysms from Kawasaki Disease.  Acad Forensic Pathol 2018;8:752-62

Eigsti RL, Walsh J, Robinson RA, McNeely PS, Hoffman HT:  Laryngeal heterotopic ossification: An atypical etiology of respiratory distress.  Laryngoscope 2017;127:1143-6

Eigsti RL, Sudan B, Wilson ME, Graff JW:  Regulation of activation-associated microRNA accumulation rates during monocyte-to-macrophage differentiation.  J Biol Chem 2014;289:28433-47

Past Fellows

Christina Hodgson, portrait

Christina Hodgson, MD (2020-2021)

Education: BA, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2005-2009
Medical School: MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan., 2011-2015
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2015-2019
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2019-2020
Current Position:  Pathologist, MAWD Pathology, Lenexa, Kan.


Aditi Vidholia, MBBS

Aditi Vidholia, MBBS (2019-2020)

Medical School:  MBBS, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India, 2002-2006
Residency:  AP/CP, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, 2015-2019
Current Position:  Radiation Research, University of Iowa College of Medicine


Craig Dunseth, MD

Craig Dunseth, MD (2018-2019)

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Medicine, Springfield, Mo., 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, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2017-2018
Current Position: Pathologist, Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, Mo.


Matthew Keeney, MD (2017-2018)

Medical School: Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, Calif., 2009-2013
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2013-2017
Current Position: Pathologist, Winfield Pathology Consultants, Winfield, Ill.


Aaron Reinke

Dennis "Aaron" Reinke, MD (2016-2017)

Medical School: Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, Calif., 2012
Residency: Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, Calif., 2012-2016
Current Position: Pathologist, Pathology Associates of North Texas PA, Wichita Falls, Texas


Michelle Kurt-Mangold, MD (2015-2016)

Medical School: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2010
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2010-2014
Additional Training: Surgical Pathology, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2014-2015
Current Position: Pathologist, Pathology Associates, Dubuque, Iowa


Bryan Steussy, MD (2014-2015)

Medical School: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2010
Residency: AP/CP, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2010-2014
Current Position: Pathologist, UnityPoint Health & St. Luke’s, Sioux City, Iowa


Douglas Lynch, MD (2013-2014)

Medical School: University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, S.D., 2009
Residency: AP/CP, University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, S.D., 2009-2013

Current Position: Pathologist, Sanford Health Pathology Clinic, Sioux Falls, S.D.


Benjamin Koch, MD (2011-2012)

Medical School: University of Minnesota, School of Medicine, Minneapolis, 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, Essentia Health, Duluth, Minn.


Shannon Gabriel-Griggs, MD (2010-2011)

Medical School: University of Minnesota, School of Medicine, Minneapolis, 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 Fellow, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011-2012
Current Position: Pathologist, Physicians Laboratory, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Fellowship Leaders

Program Director

Carol Holman
     Carol J. Holman, MD, PhD
     Clinical Associate Professor
     Section Director, Hematopathology
     200 Hawkins Drive - 6229 Roy Carver Pavilion
     Iowa City, IA 52242-1009
     Phone: 319-356-3981
     Email: carol-holman@uiowa.edu

 


Fellowship Coordinator

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

Key Faculty and Staff

Nancy S. Rosenthal, MD
Hematology Director
319-384-8751
nancy-rosenthal@uiowa.edu

Carol Holman, MD, PhD
Hematology Faculty
319-356-3981
carol-holman@uiowa.edu

Nitin J. Karandikar, MD, PhD
Hematology Faculty
319-384-9609
nitin-karandikar@uiowa.edu

Sergei I. Syrbu, MD, PhD
Hematology Faculty
319-356-7372
sergi-syrbu@uiowa.edu

Chen Zhao, MD, PhD
Hematology Faculty
319-384-4668
chen-zhao@uiowa.edu

Mary Capper, MT (ASCP) 
Supervisor, Medical Laboratory Scientist
319-356-3573
mary-capper@uiowa.edu

Glenda Skallerud, MT (ASCP) 
Supervisor, Medical Laboratory Scientist
319-356-2543
glenda-skallerud@uiowa.edu