Hematopathology

Overview

The Hematopathology Fellowship training program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) provides comprehensive training experience in all aspects of hematopathology.

In addition, fellows will be encouraged to participate in the other teaching programs in the Department of Pathology and to initiate and pursue research projects during the course of the fellowship.

Collaborative projects will be encouraged both within the Pathology Department and through the Comprehensive Cancer Center in its numerous CALGB and POG hematopoietic cancer clinical trials.

Program Goals

This Hematopathology Fellowship training program is offered to provide comprehensive training experience in all aspects of hematopathology, including diagnostic testing, multi-level teaching, an understanding of the principles of biomedical research, and to prepare fellows for tertiary care practice with the ability to manage a large clinical hematology hospital laboratory and provide competent consultation services to clinical colleagues.

The fellow will become proficient in the clinical and laboratory evaluation of pathologic materials such as blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes, with comprehensive, integrated diagnostic training in all aspects of hematopathology, including a wide spectrum of benign and neoplastic disorders in pediatric and adult patients.

Emphasis is placed on cost-effective diagnostic assessment and the use of a multiparameter diagnostic approach to Hematopathology, requiring the integration of both biological and clinical features.

Fundamental microscopic pathology of hematopoietic diseases, mirroring the primary importance of this aspect of Hematopathology in most practice situations, is combined with the interpretation and oversight of ancillary diagnostic methods. These ancillary methods, including both phenotypic studies (cytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and flow cytometry), and genotypic analyses (in situ hybridization, PCR analyses, conventional cytogenetics techniques, as well as implementation of state of the art scientific techniques, such as fluorescence in situ hybridization, real-time PCR, and laser capture microdissection) are a major point of emphasis because of the vital role they play in the diagnostic interpretation of many hematopoietic/lymphoid specimens.

Experience in coagulation includes exposure to procedures used in the coagulation laboratory and clinical training in diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with coagulation disorders.

Faculty 

The diverse faculty has subspecialty expertise in the full breadth of diagnostic and investigational hematopathology:

*Department of Pathology Faculty

Program Details

Financial Support:

The 2013-2014 academic year's base salary for this fellowship is  $51,373. Fellows receive, in addition, malpractice insurance coverage, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and hospital insurance.

The Department of Pathology will provide financial support for the fellow's investigational activities, and will also provide support to attend meetings/seminars for any research studies accepted for presentation. The fellow is not expected to obtain independent funding for such activities, which are an important part of the training program.

Facilities:

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC), one of the nation's preeminent academic medical centers, is an integrated health care system that operates 1,291 acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care beds, outpatient services, comprehensive cancer center, and community health and information centers. The Medical Center has 20 subsidiary or affiliate hospitals and conducts 87 satellite clinics throughout the 26-county region in the Piedmont Triad of northwestern North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The main inpatient facilities include North Carolina Baptist Hospital, an 830-bed teaching hospital that is the region's main tertiary referral center, and Brenner Children's Hospital & Health Services, a 160-bed hospital serving young critically or chronically ill patients. The Comprehensive Cancer Center is among an elite group of one percent of centers in the US that meets the strict criteria required by the National Cancer Institute, and participates in the more than 200 cancer-related clinical trials under way at WFBMC.

The Hematopathology Fellowship program is based solely within the Hematopathology Section of the Department of Pathology at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Hematopoietic specimens are obtained through inpatient and outpatient services as well as referral cases from non-affiliated area health centers. The principal training laboratories are all located on the WFBMC campus.

Evaluation:

Formal written evaluations of fellows by the teaching staff are completed and discussed with the fellow at least once every six months. In addition, fellows are expected to submit written evaluations of the program.

Application Information:

Hematopathology Fellowship Applications* are accepted from pathology residents who have satisfactorily completed their Board eligibility requirements for anatomic pathology (AP) or anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP). One fellow per year will be accepted into the program.

July 1 is the usual beginning date for fellowships. All applicants must submit a current curriculum vita, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation, including one from the chairman of their department as part of the application process.

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The program will adhere to the CAP fellowship application guidelines adopted by the Association of Pathology Chairs for pathology fellowship applications, with application deadline of December 1st.

Contact Information:

For more information about the Hematopathology Fellowship, contact the program director:

Changlee Pang, MD
Director, Hematopathology Fellowship Program
Department of Pathology
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1072

Tel: 336-716-2641
Fax: 336-716-7595
E- mail: cpang@wakehealth.edu

Current & Previous Fellows:

  • Olga Raetskaya-Solntseva, MD, 2014-15
  • Julia S. Manny, MD, 2013-14 
  •  A. Citabria Holley, MD, 2012-13
  • Cyrus K. Manavi, MD, 2011-12
  • Sohaib Al-Khatib, MD, 2010-12
  • Katherine J. Robbins, MD, 2010-11
  • Yorke D. Young, MD, 2009-10
  • Changlee Pang, MD, 2008-09
  • Ezra D. Ellis, MD, 2007-08
  • Leigh Ann Mellen, MD, 2006-07
  • Zachary Lewis, MD, 2005-06
      

Quick Reference

Hematopathology Fellowship
Program Director:
Changlee Pang, MD

Tel: 336-716-2641
Fax: 336-716-7595

E-mail Dr. Pang
cpang@wakehealth.edu

Pathology Department
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
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