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Cytopathology Fellowship Program-at-a-Glance

Our 1-year ACGME-approved fellowship program at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate is structured to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of cytopathology.

Fellowship Director: Roxanne Florence, MD email:

Fellowship Program Administrator: Kerry Hayes email: phone: 413-794-5085

Program & Department Metrics

  • Length of fellowship: 1 year
  • Number of fellows per academic year: 1   
  • Number of faculty: Department of Pathology - 21
    Cytopathology Division - 5 cytopathologists, 3 hematopathologists, 1 education cytotechnologist
  • Cytopathology & Surgical Pathology Annual Specimen Volumes: Cytopathology: Pap Tests - 44,600 | Non-Gyn - 6,800 | FNA Biopsies - 1,800 | HPV Tests - 13,700: Surgical Pathology: 40,000

Baystate Metrics

  • Number of hospital beds: 716
  • Number of residency programs: 10
  • Number of fellowship programs:  22

Fellow Benefits & Facilities

  • We have attempted to maintain salaries in the 75th percentile nationally, and here in western Massachusetts, we enjoy a lower cost of living than in major urban areas. View our complete list of salaries and benefits.
  • 4 weeks vacation/year, free parking
  • Disability/Malpractice/Health/Life Insurance
  • Large on-campus library, robust e-medicine resources (Up-to-Data, Ovid, etc)

Program Strengths

  • High volume of diverse and interesting specimens
  • Five board-certified staff cytopathologists, all of whom additionally sign-out surgical pathology
  • Excellent one-on-one daily sign-out and teaching with staff cytopathologists
  • Dedicated teaching cytotechnologist with over 25 years of experience
  • Detailed and clearly-defined teaching conference schedule, reading schedule, and schedule of one-on-one teaching sessions with the education cytotechnologist
  • Quality group of experienced cytotechnologists
  • Excellent, committed support staff with a friendly work environment
  • Computerized, continually-updated glass slide teaching file, CD-ROM file, teleconference file
  • Opportunity to participate in a regional cytopathology conference
  • Opportunity for independent assessment of complex image-guided FNA specimens
  • Hands-on FNA experience through the division’s FNA service and ultrasound guided thyroid needle aspiration with an endocrinologist
  • Participation in continuing education programs such as the ASCP GYN/NON-GYN Assessment products.
  • Participation in the ASC’s Progressive Evaluation of Competency Exams
  • Opportunity for research and submission for national conference presentation and publication
  • Opportunity to take cytology proficiency test