Duke University Medical Center Post Sophomore Fellowship Program

Program Information

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Duke Pathology offers a one-year post-sophomore fellowship opportunity, currently open to Duke medical students interested in pursuing a career in pathology. One to two positions are available each academic year. Students who have finished their junior year of medical school may also apply.

The goal of the fellowship is to provide a total immersion experience similar to that of a PGY-1 pathology resident. The fellow will have rotations in surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, and clinical pathology. Elective months are available in subspecialties including dermatopathology, neuropathology, GI pathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, and others. Clinical pathology months may include transfusion medicine, flow cytometry, microbiology, molecular pathology, and others. Time to contribute to a research project is incorporated into the schedule. The program is flexible, and can be adjusted and modified depending on the interest and needs of the student.

The fellow will always be under the supervision of pathology residents and faculty, and will participate in frozen sections, grossing, autopsies, and on-call responsibilities. The fellow will attend and participate in daily teaching conferences. The fellow may also elect to propose a clinical research project and select a research mentor within the department. Presentation of research findings at a national conference is encouraged and supported.

Application Instructions

Please submit the following documents before February 1:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Step 1 (optional)


Students must be in good academic standing and have completed at least two or three years of medical school before the fellowship. The preferred starting date is July 1 but can be adjusted depending on the medical school schedule. Applicants under consideration will be invited for an interview.