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Program Description

The Hematopathology Fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is an ACGME-accredited, one-year comprehensive training program. The fellows are expected to achieve proficiency in the core competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as they apply to hematopathology. We strive to train independent hematopathologists to acquire state-of-the-art diagnostic skills and clinical research knowledge, and to foster the pursuit of academic or specialty practice careers. The program is intended to benefit highly motivated candidates to get extensive training in neoplastic hematopathology at a busy tertiary cancer center. The structure of our one-year clinical fellowship provides one core year of training in diagnostic hematopathology to meet eligibility for the subspecialty certification in Hematology given by the American Board of Pathology. Our program is mainly based in the Hematopathology and Laboratory Medicine Department at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute (9 months) with mandatory rotations at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St.  Petersburg for the remaining months. At Moffitt, the fellows are responsible for the daily direction of a busy bone marrow/lymph node/peripheral blood clinical service, and mentoring both pathology residents and medical oncology fellows. They will become proficient in evaluation of hematopathologic materials by exposure to approximately 5800 in-house and consultation bone marrows, 4500 flow cytometry analyses,1000 in-house and consultation lymph nodes, 1300 fine needle aspirates of lymph node, and 5000 peripheral blood smears and body fluids yearly. The fellows are trained utilizing an interpretive approach based on state-of-the-art ancillary diagnostic methods including cytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, molecular diagnostics, imaging analysis and in situ hybridization. The fellows are also expected to become familiar with laboratory instrumentation and compliance requirements, acquiring the skills needed to manage a hematology laboratory in the future. At other sites, the fellows will be exposed to other hematologic disorders, particularly benign conditions, to enhance their general knowledge in cytogenetics, pediatric hematopathology, hemoglobinapathies and coagulation. 


Each 1-year clinical fellow is encouraged to participate in clinical trials, translational research, case studies and rare case reports under the supervision of an attending hematopathologist with the expectation of publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at local or national conferences. Each research fellow is expected to design and conduct one or more research projects (basic, clinical or translational) under the guidance of a designated faculty mentor from the department of Hematopathology or in collaboration with clinical or experimental research experts at Moffitt, with the expectation of publication in high-tier peer-reviewed journals and presentation at national or international conferences.


All applicants must have completed a US anatomic and clinical pathology residency program, and be certified or at least board eligible by the American Board of Pathology by the start date of the fellowship (July 1).  

Number of Positions



Applicants should send their completed application forms and all required documents to our program 18 to 24 months prior to the fellowship start date.

How to Apply

  • Application (Word)
  • Updated CV
  • Personal statement
  • Copies of USMLE scores
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (including one from your current residency program director or department chair)
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate(applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
  • Send all information to Ling Zhang, MD, Program Director

Salary and Benefits

Benefit information from USF

Program Director

Ling Zhang, MD 
Associate Member/Associate Professor
Program Director, Hematopathology Fellowship  

GME Program Administrator 

Lorie Jennings