This one-year fellowship program is designed to provide comprehensive training in pediatric pathology. Our section is located at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, which provides services to pediatric cardiology, maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric surgery, neonatology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric hematology-oncology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric pulmonary medicine, and pediatric critical care medicine. The location of our laboratory within the Department of Pathology provides ready access to a wealth of teaching material and two large libraries which offer unique patient care perspectives and research-related services. A large collection of glass slides and medical photographs is available to fellows and residents.

The pediatric pathology fellow performs every other pediatric autopsy with emphasis in the more complicated cases. The fellow assumes the daily sign-out responsibilities under faculty supervision. There is a two-week rotation at the Cytogenetics Laboratory at Mailman Center for Child Development. The fellow is strongly encouraged to publish case reports and series of pediatric patients during the fellowship. The fellow is expected to take an active role in teaching medical students, presenting at interdepartmental conferences, and attending local and national meetings.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year:  One
Duration: One year
Postgraduate Training Required: At least three years of residency in Pathology 
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • University of Florida
  • Nemours Children’s Hospital
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • University of Miami
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital)

Teaching Hospitals

  • Holtz Children’s Hospital
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC)
  • University of Miami Hospital (UMH)
  • Cytogenetics Laboratory (Mailman Center for Child Development)

Candidates should be Board eligible or certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology or AP/CP; licensed or eligible for Florida medical licensure.

Application Deadline
Applications are due November 30 of the preceding year. Applicants will be contacted either by telephone or via e-mail to set interview dates when it is mutually convenient. 

Placental Pathology

  • Gross and microscopic examination
  • Singleton placentas
  • Twin placentas: TTTS
  • Trophoblastic disease
  • Embryo-fetal pathology

Pediatric Tumors (the fellow will learn about them as diagnoses arise)

  • Neuroblastomas
  • Wilms’ tumors (nephroblastomas)
  • Rhabdomyosarcomas
  • Hepatoblastomas
  • Osteosarcomas
  • Astrocytomas
  • Medulloblastomas
  • Ewing/PNET
  • Desmoplastic small round blue cell tumor
  • Retinoblastomas (Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is across the street)

Pediatric Autopsies

  • Live born (to be presented by the fellow at Neonatal and PICU M&M’s)
  • Stillborn

Gastro-intestinal and Liver Pathology

  • Endoscopic G.I. biopsies
  • Liver biopsies
  • Explanted liver and bowel (short bowel syndrome and TPN-induced hepatotoxicity, EHBA, intestinal dysmotility)

Head and Neck Pediatric Pathology

  • Nasal angiofibroma
  • Tonsils and adenoid
  • Branchial cleft cysts
  • Thyroglossal duct cysts
  • Tumors

Cystic Renal diseases

  • Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidneys
  • Multicystic Dysplastic Kidneys- Obstructive and Non-obstructive

Pediatric Cardiovascular Pathology

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Explanted hearts

Pediatric Pulmonary Pathology

  • Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM)
  • Pulmonary sequestration
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pediatric Interstitial lung disease
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Congenital pneumonia
  • Metastatic tumors to the lungs (by VATS)

Board Exam Requirements
Candidates need to pass the American Board of Pathology for Anatomic and/or Clinical Pathology and have a valid Medical License.

Educational & Other Experience
The Pediatric Pathology fellow is encouraged to attend the daily consent conference at the multiheaded microscope. The fellow is also encouraged to teach medical students several laboratories throughout the year with gross organs including congenital heart disease, cystic renal diseases, pediatric pulmonary pathology, etc.

One of the fellow’s duties is to be present at several interdepartmental conferences including:

  • Pediatric Critical Care M&M
  • Neonatal M&M
  • Pediatric Gastro-Intestinal-Pathology Conference (multiheaded scope)
  • Pediatric Tumor Board

The fellow is given a research project to be completed during his/her fellowship. The fellow needs to have at least one publication prior to graduation.

The fellow has no on-call duty days.

Aeelyn I. Urdaneta
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1611 NW 12 Avenue, Holtz Center, Room 2044
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-585-6194
Fax: 305-585-2598