The Department of Pathology offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in cytopathology with two positions. The fellow has the opportunity to participate in the cytology service, teaching, and clinical or basic science research activities. Completion of a research project is expected by the end of the fellowship year with a presentation to faculty, staff, and peers at the annual Albert G. Smith Resident Research Forum.

The fellowship program is designed to provide advanced training in the interpretation of gynecologic and non-gynecologic specimens as well as performing and diagnosing fine needle aspiration biopsies. The cytopathology service handles 15,000 Gyn specimens, 2,000 non-Gyn specimens, and 1000 FNAs annually.

The training includes the use and interpretation of flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, and ultrastructural and molecular pathology. Fellows may choose one or two months of electives during their training period, which may be dedicated entirely to research. Teaching activities include departmental and interdepartmental conferences, and journal club.

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We are currently accepting applications for 2025-2026 fellowship positions. Interested candidates can apply by emailing the following materials to the Program Administrator at and the Program Director, Dr. Ashley Flowers, at

  • A personal statement of interest
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation addressed to the Program Director: Dr. Ashley Flowers, MD
  • An updated CV
  • And the following 2 page application (we will also accept the CAP application if you have it completed, but we still require the 2 page GME application for our institution). 

We are accepting applications for the  2024-2025 fellowship year. In addition, we are participating in the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) unified recruitment timeline for cytopathology fellowship programs for the 2025-2026 fellowship year.

  1. Applications will start being reviewed: July 2023 (application submission window: July-September 2023)
  2. Interviews will start being offered: August 14, 2023
  3. Earliest date to extend an offer to an applicant: October 2, 2023 11am EST for the 2025-2026 fellowship year

Fellowship Goals & Objectives

The cytopathology fellowship is a one year training program (10 months cytology, 2 months elective). The goal of our program is to train cytopathologists who will be board certified and able to practice independently with no supervision in an academic setting or a community based practice. The combination of clinical, teaching, and research opportunities prepares the fellow to reach this goal, and is achieved through the educational based outcomes.

Through advanced training, the fellow gains skills in the interpretation of all cytologic specimens, and their correlation with surgical biopsies as well as fluids from all body cavities. Also, fellows become skilled in performing fine needle aspirations (FNAs), cytoprepatory techniques and cytopathology lab management. The fellow must also learn to perform basic and clinical research related to pathology and practice the use of ancillary diagnostic methods, such as molecular pathology, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry (IHC) and other methods.

For more information about our fellowship goals and objectives, please download cytopathology fellowship goals and objectives (PDF).


Our Team

Ashley Flowers, MD

Ashley Flowers, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology and Translational Pathobiology, Cytopathology Fellowship Director
Jehan Abdulsattar, MD

Jehan Abdulsattar, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Translational Pathobiology


Kix Hutchins

Program Administrator
Phone: (318) 675-7822
Fax: (318) 675-7966


Cytopathology Fellowship

Cytopathology Fellowship

Cytopathology Fellowship