Group of fellows working with faculty in the Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship

Graduate medical education in laboratory medicine and pathology at Mayo Clinic

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Our one-year Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to hone your diagnostic skills by participating in one of the largest gynecologic pathology consult services in the United States. You will also participate in our large in-house gynecologic pathology and placenta practices to solidify your confidence in the completion of day-to-day gynecologic pathology specimens.

The cutting-edge resources of the Mayo Clinic Laboratories, including an entirely digitized practice, and a vast array of immunohistochemical stains and molecular testing are at your disposal to work up your cases and utilize for your research.

During the fellowship, you will spend two full weeks with our expert molecular anatomic pathologists gaining knowledge regarding ancillary molecular testing applicable to gynecologic pathology, including FISH, and MCL’s sarcoma targeted gene fusion panel and solid tumor panel. You will be able to integrate the significance of these findings into each of your subsequent cases.

Additionally, we offer opportunities for elective rotations in the many consult services in our department, such as breast pathology, frozen section pathology, cytopathology, and soft tissue pathology.

By the end of your fellowship, you will be equipped with the most current diagnostic and research skills to enable success in academic or private practice as an expert in gynecologic pathology.

Unique program opportunities include:

  • Reviewing and diagnosing 2,700+ extraordinary consult cases per year
    • Examples of cases seen in one recent week:
      • Mesonephric-like adenocarcinoma of the ovary arising in association with adenofibroma
      • Atypical placental site nodule
      • MMR-deficient endometrial carcinosarcoma
      • SARCA4 deficient uterine sarcoma
      • Virilizing cystic adult granulosa cell tumor
      • Moderately differentiated Sertoli-Leydig cell tumor with heterologous elements
  • Reviewing and diagnosing in-house gynecologic pathology specimens (approximately 6,000 accessions per year)
  • Rotating on our busy placenta service and reviewing placental and gestational trophoblastic disease consultations
  • Signing out specimens with increasing responsibility as you acquire greater skill
  • Performing at least one research project with faculty support, ample clinical material for analysis, the vast resources of Mayo Clinic Laboratory at your disposal, and generous internal funding
  • Interacting with our group of eight gynecologic pathologists who are all available for teaching, project mentoring, and career development advice
Mayo Clinic Gynecologic Pathology fellows in the lab

Your training experience

As a gynecologic pathology fellow at Mayo Clinic, you will have access to unique clinical material, 
research opportunities and eight enthusiastic faculty. Support is available to promote your physical and mental wellness and ensure work/life balance, both inside and outside of the campus.

Debra Bell, M.D.

Director's welcome

Thank you for your interest in our Gynecologic Pathology fellowship program! We are a group of subspecialty gynecologic pathologists who love the field and feel our program is one of the best in the country. Our goal is to assist you in developing your expertise in gynecologic pathology and fulfilling your individual career goals. Please consider joining us by applying to our program!


The Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program history

The Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic will begin with its first appointed fellow in July of 2023. It is anticipated that one fellow will complete this program annually.

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