Forensic Pathology Fellowship

The Forensic Pathology Fellowship is a fully accredited one-year program offering four weeks of sub-specialized training, as well as access to an unmatched variety of cases and an expansion of skill sets that will prepare fellows to practice in any location or setting. A lecture series on postmortem computed tomography prepares the trainee for the future of Forensic Pathology. There are two competitive positions for each academic year.

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Applicants to the fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  1. Licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy in California by fellowship start date.
  2. Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident who has filed an intent to become a citizen.
  3. Have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in anatomic pathology or anatomic and clinical pathology, or have completed the equivalent Canadian training, or be certified in Anatomic Pathology or Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.
  4. Pass a background check, fingerprint check, and pre-employment psychological and physical examinations.

Our program is a participant in the national resident matching program (NRMP). Our application period for 2024-2025 Academic Year is now closed, with the Match being announced on May 3, 2023. Inquires for the 2025-2026 Academic Year are encouraged to reach out via email.

Physicians who wish to apply to the program should send a letter of inquiry, curriculum vitae, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, three letters of recommendation and standardized College of American Pathologist fellowship application to Fellowship Program Director Dr. Brice Hunt

Our office provides a space to comfortably accommodate up to three fellows.  This communal space for the fellows allows for some personalization, while also offering an environment for bonding.

There are two medium-sized conference rooms used for various business and educational activities.  While we continue doing some meetings via Microsoft Teams, we recognize the importance of having certain discussions in person.

While we offer access to online resources, including the University of Southern California online library, we continue to recognize the importance of access to books and a communal multiheaded microscope.  The library also makes for an ideal environment for nonorganized case discussions and educational activities.

The Deputy Medical Examiner sponsored coffee bar space provides a selection of coffee and teas with occasional sweet or savory goodies brought in.  Alongside the various lunch rooms located in the various buildings, there are multiple spots to enjoy a quick break and find refreshments.

The office’s Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory is home to various criminalist techniques we offer on site.  Not only a library of the various techniques they use, but this functioning laboratory is open to further advancing the fellows knowledge of cutting-edge techniques.

Our large autopsy suite consists of a “U” shaped autopsy room that can accommodate over 15 autopsy examinations at one time, a separate autopsy suite with a viewing room attached, and a photo studio.  It is directly connected to our largest crypt and the dock where the bodies are brought in.

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