Frequently Asked Questions

About the Application Process

To apply to a fellowship program, applicants must provide a completed pathology fellowship application form (PDF), curriculum vitae, personal statement, three letters of reference (one of which should be from the chair or director of the current training program), USMLE (steps 1, 2, 3) results, medical school transcripts and copy of medical school diploma, and ECFMG certificate, if applicable.

In addition, applicants must be board-eligible in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology or combined anatomic pathology and clinical pathology and licensed to practice medicine in California by the time the fellowship begins.

Most applications are received approximately 20-24 months prior to the fellowship start date. Interviews for qualified applicants will be scheduled as early as Sept. 1 (22 months in advance of the program start). Fellowship programs begin July 1 of every year.

During the interview day, the fellowship applicant meets with the fellowship program director and other pathology faculty members in the subspecialty or related areas. There is ample time during lunch and a tour with the current pathology fellow to ask questions and learn about all aspects of the fellowship.

About the Program

Yes, the fellow has his or her desk and microscope (if applicable) for the year, and is issued a computer with internet access and all necessary pathology software applications.

Each fellow is allotted a total of $1,800, of which up to $700 may be used to purchase pathology textbooks and pay professional organization dues. The remainder or the entire sum may be used for scientific meeting expenses. Additional funds are available if the fellow is presenting an abstract at a meeting.

Four calendar weeks (20 days total) of paid time off is provided each academic year to cover vacations, interview travel and conference attendance. Additional paid absences are granted for those taking an American Board of Pathology examination, presenting an abstract at a scientific meeting or participating as a committee member of a national pathology organization. In addition, fellows have five days of sick leave each year.

Parking and lab coats are provided for fellows free of charge. The parking structure is across the street from the hospital.

Cedars-Sinai's Work & Life Matters is the institutional employee assistance program. It provides comprehensive, fully integrated work-life services for employees and their dependents (including domestic partners), and includes assistance in finding apartments, child care and counseling.

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Molecular Genetics Pathology Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send us a message.

Pacific Theater Building, 5th Floor
116 N. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Carrie Domagas, Senior Academic Program Coordinator

Fax: 310-248-6233