Our Cytopathology fellowship is a fast-paced program that welcomes up to two fellows to the team annually.  The fellowship program is a one year ACGME-accredited fellowship.  Fellows rotate on the core cytology service (FNA, ROSE, exfoliative cytology) for nine months and have three months of electives.  Fellows become proficient at rapid on-site immediate assessment of image-guided procedures (ROSE), performing FNA, diagnostic interpretation of FNA and exfoliative cytology specimens, patient safety, quality improvement, and lab management.  Our division has a beautiful FNA clinic in the Duke Cancer Center where fellows learn to perform palpable and ultrasound-guided FNA biopsies.  Fellows can expect to perform over 100 FNA biopsies during their fellowship year. Fellows function on inter-professional teams and have ample opportunity for teaching both within and outside of the Pathology Department. Participation in national scientific meetings and clinical research projects is encouraged and supported. The Division of Cytopathology accessions over 24,000 gynecologic cases, 5,000 non-gynecologic cases, and 3,300 fine needle aspiration cases annually.


To contribute to the future of cytopathology through excellence, patient-centered care, and evidence-based practice.

Program Aims

Upon completion of the training program, trainees will be able to: 

  • Be adaptive, life-long learners capable of practicing Cytopathology in a variety of practice settings (academic, community practice, or industry/corporate laboratory) 
  • Provide excellent patient-centered care using evidence-based medicine 
  • Perform palpable and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsies competently 
  • Serve in a leadership role on inter-professional diagnostic cytopathology teams 
  • Have the skills necessary to function as a Cytopathology Laboratory Medical Director

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited pathology residency program and be Board Certified or eligible in AP/CP or AP. The Department of Pathology sponsors J1 Visa applications.

Types and Numbers of Appointments: Two positions annually. 


Commensurate with the year of postgraduate training.

How to Apply

Submit the following requested documents:

  1. College of American Pathologists Standardized Application for Pathology Fellowships with signature (Click here for application
  2. Personal statement
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Cover Letter
  5. ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  6. Copies of USMLE/COMLEX transcripts
  7. Three letters of recommendation addressed to Dr. Sarah Bean (including one from residency Program Director)

Email your application package to Program Coordinator Kesha Tisdel.

Application Timeline

We are proudly participating in the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) unified recruitment timeline for cytopathology fellowship programs:

  • Accepting applications July 1-Sept. 1, 2022.
  • Application review begins August 15, 2022
  • Interviews begin: Late August through early September, 2022   (All interviews will be conducted virtually.)
  • Offers begin: October 3, 2022

For more information about the ASC unified recruitment timeline, visit: https://cytopathology.org/general/custom.asp?page=CytopathologyFellowshipUnifiedTimeline

Links Pertaining to Eligibility Requirements

American Board of Pathology:

Duke GME:


North Carolina Medical Board:

Current Fellows

Richard Davis, MD

Richard Davis, MD
Tulane University School of Medicine


Danielle Elliott Range, MD

Danielle Elliott Range, MD
Director of Cytology

Sarah Bean

Sarah M. Bean, MD
Program Director

Raj Dash

Raj C. Dash, MD


Rachel Factor

Rachel Factor, MD MS

Wen Chi Foo

Wen-Chi Foo, MD

Sara Jiang

Xiaoyin "Sara" Jiang, MD

Avani Pendse

Avani Pendse, MD_PhD

Kyle Strickland

Kyle Strickland, MD PhD