Fellows Life


All rotations are done at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. The first year of fellowship will predominantly be dedicated to the diagnostic neuropathology services, including neurosurgical pathology, autopsy pathology, and neuromuscular pathology (11 months) in addition to a rotation in Molecular Pathology (1 month). The second year of fellowship will include a rotation in ophthalmic pathology (1 month), as well as a junior attending rotation (1 month). The remaining rotations will be tailored to fit the fellow’s interests. Elective time can be utilized for research, as well as rotations in other sub-disciplines (e.g. molecular pathology, cytology), or on various neuropathology services.


There are 15 working days of vacation per year and can be taken at any time.

Please note that any leave taken, whether vacation, meetings, exams, or job interviews, must be officially requested by submitting an electronic form in MedHub. Leave requests should include the following details: name of faculty or attending supervisor who has approved the leave; if applicable, name of other resident(s), fellow(s) and/or faculty you have arranged to cover in your absence. All leave requests are subject to approval by your Fellowship Director. Leave should be requested as far in advance as practical for you (especially leave requests that span more than 1-2 days). This requirement is for informational, coverage, legal and insurance purposes.



The fellows are required to attend and periodically staff the weekly neuro-oncology tumor board conference, as well as participate in the weekly neuropathology quality assurance conference and neuromuscular multidisciplinary conference.

Fellows will also present a seminar at Pathology Grand Rounds and didactic lectures to house staff on a variety of neuropathology related topics. They are encouraged to participate in the daily conference schedule as their clinical assignments permit, with some of these activities representing didactic type presentations given by faculty for house staff.

Time Conference
Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00 am Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board
Wednesday 9 am (optional) Iowa Neuroscience Institute Works in Progress
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 am Neuropathology Quality Assurance Conference
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 am, monthly Forensic Neuropathology Quality Assurance Conference
Thursday 1:30 pm Brain cutting
Friday 7:30 – 8:30 am Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Conference
First Friday, Monthly Neuromuscular Journal Club
Quarterly State Medical Examiner Case Review Conference
Annual Wellstone Neuromuscular Conference

Research Opportunities

The opportunity to participate in research is provided within the structure of the program and is encouraged. In addition, the fellow may elect to spend any elective time pursuing research projects.