Duke Pathology offers a one-year post-sophomore fellowship opportunity for Duke medical students
interested in pursuing a career in pathology. One to two positions are available each academic year.
Students who have finished their junior year of medical school may also apply.

The goal of the fellowship is to provide a total immersion experience similar to that of a PGY-1 pathology resident. The fellow will have rotations in surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, and clinical pathology. Elective months are available in subspecialties including dermatopathology, neuropathology, GI pathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, and others. Clinical pathology months may include transfusion medicine, flow cytometry, microbiology, molecular pathology, and others. The program is flexible, and can be adjusted and modified depending on the interest of the student.

The fellow will always be under the supervision of pathology residents and faculty, and will participate in frozen sections, grossing, autopsies, and on-call responsibilities. The fellow will attend and participate in daily teaching conferences. The fellow may also elect to propose a clinical research project and select a research mentor within the department. Presentation of research findings at a national conference is encouraged and supported.


Students must be in good academic standing and have completed at least two or three years of medical school prior to the fellowship. The preferred starting date is July 1 but can be adjusted depending on the medical school schedule. Applicants under consideration will be invited for an interview.


(This fellowship is currently filled for 2023-2024.)

Please submit the following documents prior to February 1:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Step 1 (optional)

Stipend and Benefits

The fellows will receive a stipend and a book/travel allowance from the Pathology Department. Insurance benefits are also provided.

Email your application package to the Program Coordinator, Maranda Oliver.

Michelle Schneider, MB BCh BAO
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director, Post-Sophomore Fellowship

2023-2024 Post-Sophomore Fellow

Raquel Perry Name: Raquel Perry

 Hometown: Carver, MA

 College: University of Massachusetts Amherst (Biochemistry BS,   Psychology BS)

 Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine

 Residency Plans: Currently deciding between otolaryngology, emergency medicine, and pathology

Career Goals: Medicine is broad, and the roles of different specialties are so varied- I’m still trying to find my niche. However, I want to  pursue clinical practice, research, and teaching. Since these things are important to me, I hope to practice at an academic hospital.

Hobbies and Interests: I love hanging out with my friends, reading, trying new restaurants, crafting, playing sports, and learning new  things.

Why Duke: The people at Duke are wonderful. Many physicians here are studying what is important to them, and showing different versions of what it means to be and practice as a physician. I continue to be inspired by both the faculty and my colleagues. Plus, as a top-tier medical institution, there are countless resources and opportunities (like this Fellowship!). Having several medical centers, a Level I trauma center, many subspecialty teams, and a campus full of researchers to learn from doesn’t hurt either.

Why Durham: For me, it’s a great mix of having enough to do but still having some space. There is plenty of great food and coffee (Namu, Press, Ideals, Oak House, etc.). One can find good access to hiking paths and trails. It is close to Raleigh- allowing for more museums, music, and day trips. Durham is essentially equal distance from the beach and the mountains. Additionally, something is always going on downtown. I love it here.