Frequently Asked Questions

What Pathology fellowships are available at Iowa? There are fellowships available in surgical pathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, microbiology, blood/bank transfusion medicine, and molecular pathology.

How is vacation time handled? Fellows have 15 weekday vacation days a year. Professional leave for meetings is negotiated on an individual basis. Leave is granted for National Board exams and American Board of Pathology exams but not for board preparation courses. For job interviews or board preparation courses, each house staff member will be allowed five working days of leave. Additional days taken for job interviews or board preparation courses must use vacation.

What about fringe benefits such as book/travel funds? Each fellow is given $1500/year for books/journals, meetings or memberships. Travel to national conferences is paid for by the department for fellows presenting abstracts.

How well do Iowa fellows fare in finding jobs after training? The established reputation of excellence in training at the University of Iowa, combined with the recent trend of increasing demand and aging of current pathologists, has meant a tremendous opportunity for fellows from our program. All departing fellows in recent years have had no difficulty getting offers for desirable positions in both academic and private settings.

What is the call schedule for transfusion medicine fellows?  The fellow is on call (from home) 5 PM – 8 AM Sunday through Thursday.  The first call for transfusion medicine questions and procedures is covered by 2nd to 4th year Pathology residents who have done a transfusion medicine rotation, and the fellow is second call.  A transfusion medicine faculty member is always also on call as backup to the fellow.