Summa Health System-Akron City Hospital offers a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship in diagnostic Cytopathology. Three Cytopathology subspecialty fellowship certified faculty participate in the teaching of the fellow. Training includes supervised signout, use of ancillary tests and immediate assessment of needle aspirates.
The fellow is expected to assume increasing responsibility with time. Participation in conferences and teaching of pathology residents is required. Clinical resources include on site flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. For cytology-Histology correlation, and to also to provide additional exposure to surgical pathology, the fellow has access to over 24,000 surgical pathology specimens processed at the Summa Health System.
The laboratory is fully computerized allowing for retrieval of specimens for research and teaching. The fellow is also trained to perform fine needle aspiration biopsy under the direct supervision of a cytopathologist. About 6000 on-site GYN Pap smears and 35,000 off-site pap smears are interpreted annually; about 1100 fine needle aspiration specimens and 4000 additional non gynecologic cytology specimens covering a large range of anatomic sites are processed and interpreted with one-on-one review with the fellow.
The fellow is required to take the Progressive Evaluation of Competency exams offered by the American Society of Cytopathology. In addition, the fellow is also expected to initiate and complete at least one research project for platform or poster presentation at the ASC, USCAP or ASCP meeting.