Cytopathology Fellowship

Program Information

The goal of the Cytopathology Fellowship is to provide a climate and foundation for a physician to excel and develop special competence in the diagnosis and evaluation of clinical cytology specimens and to develop an interest in research application of the cytologic method. As such, this one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship provides advanced training in diagnostic cytopathology and the performance of fine needle aspiration biopsies with strong encouragement to participate in clinical research.

The cytology laboratory examines approximately 60,000 cases annually of which about 6,500 are non-gynecologic. Training includes supervised sign-out, use and interpretation of ancillary tests, and immediate assessment and triaging of needle aspirates, particularly in the busy pancreatic EUS and guided thoracic FNA services. The fellow is exposed to various cytopreparatory techniques throughout the training period, and is expected to occupy the “hot seat” and be the center point of the cytology service. The fellow assumes increased responsibility with time, and participates in multidisciplinary conferences and teaching of pathology residents.

Ancillary clinical resources including flow cytometry, immunochemistry, and molecular diagnostics are available. Clinical and translational research performed under faculty supervision, leading to abstracts and publications, is strongly encouraged. The newly developed translational research facility provides support for research endeavors, and the fellow is expected to take advantage of it. The laboratory is fully computerized allowing for retrieval of specimens for research and teaching.


  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited Anatomic or Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency
  • Board eligible or certified in Anatomic Pathology
  • Must have or be eligible to apply for a Wisconsin Medical License

Program Director


Tamara Giorgadze, MD, PhD


Program Director, Cytopathology Fellowship

Application Information

2023-2024: 1 open position; currently accepting applications
2024-2025: Filled internally
Terms, Conditions, and Benefits of Employment
The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals offers its housestaff a comprehensive benefits package.

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How to Apply
  1. Complete the application form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. “Personal Statement” highlighting your future plans and any specific interests within Pathology you might wish to pursue during your fellowship
  4. Minimum three letters of recommendation
  5. USMLE Results (Steps 1, 2, 3) documentation
  6. Citizenship/visa status indicating your ability to work in the United States
  7. ECFMG Certificate (if International Medical Graduate)
  8. Copy of your current state medical license
  9. Must be eligible for Wisconsin medical license

All application materials should be emailed to the Program Coordinator.

View and download the fellowship application form (PDF)

Contact Us

Marisa Polley

Clinical Program Coordinator II - Education and Quality

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Froedtert/Medical College Lab Building
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226-3522