The market for clinical neuropathologists is still pretty good -- if you are willing to move. If you're a pathology or neurology resident looking at the last minute for a fellowship spot, you might consider the following programs which are still looking to fill two-year neuropathology fellowship positions starting July, 2009:
Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York
University of Alabama at Birmingham
SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY
New York University Medical Center
There may be other programs out there looking to fill for July of this year, but I could only get reliable confirmation from the above four programs. As you can see, you have some options if you're willing to live in New York City. Good luck!
Sorry to be commenting so frequently on your blog, but this post raised another question for me...for first year residents like myself, interested in neuropath, what kind of approach would you take to fellowship at this point? For example, what meetings would you recommend attending? What would be your timeline for contacting fellowship programs - 2nd year...3rd year? Thanks!
With cost of living becoming outrageous for most in NYC, it is no wonder they are having a hard time filling spots. Hospitals are losing money, they are cutting back on salary raises and bonus', so when you are faced with student loans at a high percent interest rate, it would not make sense to go to a place that is expensive to live also. You do want to have some money for food! If you can find a fellowship that is in a cheaper area of the country, at least you can afford things like food.
Sorry I've taken so long to answer your questions regarding neuropathology fellowships.
As for meetings, you should attend the American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP) meeting. The next one is in June in San Antonio, TX. Many of the neuropathology gurus show up, and you might be able to get an idea as to whom you would like to do a fellowship with.
As for a timeline in contacting programs, I would recommend contacting them as soon as possible. If you are certain you are going to do a fellowship, you should contact them now and start making inquiries about when there might be openings. Because it is a two-year fellowship, you might have to wait a couple of years to get the spot you want. So you should make preliminary inquiries now.
I hope this helps. Please keep commenting! I am glad to answer any questions you might have, or direct you to a person who can answer them.
Is it correct that neurologists as well as pathologists can apply to neuropathology fellowships? What type of career does a neurology-trained neuropathologist fit in to? Both seeing general neurology patients and signing out neuropathology cases? That seems a little strange to me. I'm having a hard time finding information on the topic, and I'd appreciate it if you could direct me to some resources about neurology trained neuropathologists.
To Anonymous Soulman:
Neurology residents certainly can do neuropathology fellowships and sign out surgical pathology cases. This is an unusual route, but certainly it has been done. Physicians trained in this manner can also see patients of course. I hope someone who took that course will comment to give you more information.
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