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Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) is an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. The Department of Pathology directs Anatomic Pathology and ancillary services as well as the Clinical Laboratory. The philosophy of the department is to provide high quality diagnostic service and to foster the clinical and research missions of the institution.
The department examines approximately 12,000 surgical cases and 4,000 non-GYN cytology cases per year, all of which are cancer related. There are three oncologic surgical pathology fellowship positions. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis of common and uncommon adult malignancies. Services in Histology, Cytology, Immunohistochemistry, Flow Cytometry, Cytogenetics, and Molecular Genetics provide up to date resources for diagnosis and research purposes.
Educational Goals and Philosophy
The fellowship program is designed to provide in depth experience in the pathology of tumors. The pathology material varies in scope and there is ample exposure to a wide variety of tumors and tumor-like conditions. The main emphasis of the program is on diagnosis. There is an open door policy throughout the department and the fellows have ready access to the senior staff at all times. Our being a relatively small department is very conducive to this intimate approach to education.
Surgical pathology at FCCC is the required rotation for ten months of the year (one month may be spent at Thomas Jefferson University and one month is elective time). At FCCC, the fellows are exposed to the specialized pathology of tumors and cancer related conditions. The primary experience of the fellows is in the hands-on day-to-day dealing with surgical material, including institutional consultation cases. Ample time for scholarly activities is facilitated by two full time pathologists' assistants who handle gross room activities including frozen section preparation.
The experience of the fellows in Oncologic Surgical Pathology is progressive with the final objective being to function comfortably as independent consultants in charge of the diagnosis of neoplastic processes and other problems associated with cancer. Fellows take more responsibility and personal action in the handling and diagnosis of cases as the fellowship year progresses.
TJU: One month of the year may be spent at TJU at which time the fellows will actively supervise junior residents in surgical pathology and act as junior attendings, or they may rotate in one of several specialty labs.
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