This fellowship is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that offers advanced training in diagnostic cytopathology, with emphasis on fine needle aspiration. During this time, the fellow will have increasing levels of responsibility commensurate with level of performance. Substantial emphasis is also placed on the integration of surgical pathology with cytopathology.

The SUNY Upstate Medical University Cytopathology Laboratory examines approximately 18,000 specimens per year including approximately 2,500 non-gynecologic specimens. Both ThinPrep and Surepath technologies are utilized in the laboratory. In addition the laboratory directs a pathology-based FNA Service with cytopathologist-staffed clinics and performs or assists with the vast majority of superficial and deep fine needle aspirations (approximately 1,200). Ancillary techniques such as immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics and electron microscopy are available for more comprehensive evaluation of difficult cases. The fellowship offers opportunities for teaching residents and medical students as well as the opportunity to investigate any one of a number of research projects during the year. Diagnostic, research and teaching skills are emphasized in this academic environment.


Applicants should be Board-eligible or Board-certified in anatomic pathology or AP/CP, and have successfully completed USMLE Step III.


Email curriculum vitae, personal statement and completed standardized CAP application to Karen Kelly (, Fellowship Program Coordinator.

Three letters of reference should be forwarded to:

Kamal K. Khurana, MD
Director, Cytopathology Fellowship Program
Department of Pathology
SUNY Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210