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 2021-2022.)

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, Kesha Tisdel.

John M. Carney MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director, Post-Sophomore Fellowship

2021-2022 Post-Sophomore Fellows

Matt Charles

Name: Matt Charles
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
College: Michigan State University
Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
Residency Plans: Pathology

Career Goals: Overall, I am driven by the prospect of a career in academic medicine involving mentorship and research.  However, I am currently unsure of which subspeciality within pathology I will pursue.
Hobbies and Interests: My hobbies outside of medical school include alpine ski racing, playing the piano, and speaking/practicing Levantine Arabic and Western Armenian. 
Why Duke: As a large academic center, the Duke Department of Pathology receives cases ranging from elementary to extremely rare and complex.  This combination seems ideal for a young trainee.  Additionally, the culture in the department is very collegial with friendly faculty and residents.  It is clear that people enjoy being at Duke!
Why Durham: The research triangle offers the resources of a larger metropolitan area at a lower cost.  Additionally, I enjoy the relative proximity of Durham to the beach as well as the mountains, and the mild winters are a nice change from the Midwest.