Penn State University Hershey Medical Center

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Address

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Penn State University Hershey Medical Center
500 University Drive, PO Box 850, Hershey, PA 17033

Director

Yusheng Zhu, PhD, DABCC (CC, TC, MB), FAACC
Telephone: (717)531-5123
Email: yzhu@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Affiliated Institutions

Penn State University Hospitals

Faculty and Research Interests

Guoli Chen, MD Gastrointestinal, genitourinary, renal, and molecular pathology
David W. Craft, PhD, D(ABMM) Microbiology, infectious disease, global health, executive governance
Michael H. Creer, MD, PhD Biomarkers, pharmacogenetics, mass spectrometry, POCT, coagulation
Laurence M. Demers, Ph.D, D.Sc., DABCC, FAACC, FACSc Endocrinology, bone biomarkers, tumor markers, general clinical chemistry
Ronald E. Domen, MD Transfusion medicine, apheresis, ethics
Melissa R. George, DO Transfusion medicine, apheresis, hematopathology, and graduate medical education
Wallace H. Greene, PhD, D(ABMM) Diagnostic virology, molecular diagnosis of infectious diseases and diagnostic immunology
Olajumoke Oladipo, MBBS, DABCC, FAACC Hematology, coagulation, clinical chemistry
Hiroko Shike, MD Histocompatibility, transplant immunology, molecular biology
Yusheng Zhu, PhD, DABCC (CC, TC, MB), FAACC Clinical chemistry, toxicology, hemoglobinopathy, electrophoresis, pharmacogenomics, and mass spectrometry.

Program Listing

Level(s) of training: Postdoctoral
Number of Positions available per year: 1
Duration of program: 2 years
Approximate annual salary or stipend: Commensurate with experience
Source of funding: Department
Current number of trainees: 0 (new program)
Number of past graduates (over last 10 years): 0 (new program)

Applicant Procedures

Prerequisites

All applicants should have earned a doctoral degree (PhD, MD) at accredited institutions. Individuals with doctoral degrees in Clinical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Toxicology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Genetics, Chemistry, and other doctoral degrees in life sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants possessing an M.D. degree must be diplomates of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology or have met the requirements to take the Board examination. The applicant must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 30 semester hours (or equivalent) of undergraduate and/or graduate level biochemistry, chemistry, or other courses taken at institutions acceptable to the Board that meet the combined criteria established by each of the ABCC certification disciplines as shown in Table 1 on the ABCC website (http://www.abclinchem.org/geninfo/Pages/rules_abcc_cert.html). Applicants with education obtained at institutions outside the U.S. or Canada must, at their expense, have their credentials evaluated by the International Education Research Foundation, Inc., or acceptable equivalent. Applicants should have strong interests in laboratory medicine and research. Excellent communication and personal-interaction skills are required.

Procedures

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

Deadline

None.

Program Description

PSHMC located in Hershey, Pennsylvania is a comprehensive medical facility with 548 beds comprised of University Hospital, Cancer Institute, and Children’s Hospital, in additional to a 212-bed St. Joseph Hospital in Reading, PA. The Medical Center includes centers for specialized care. Fellows will have exposure to pediatric, elderly, transplant, psychiatric, cancer, OB/GYN, ENT, and ophthalmologic patients.

The mission of this program is to prepare exceptional individuals with doctoral degrees (PhD, MD) for careers in Laboratory Medicine. The program focuses on clinical chemistry that includes general clinical chemistry, endocrinology, toxicology, therapeutic drug monitoring, nutrition, serology and immunology, urinalysis, pharmacogenetics, proteomics, and molecular diagnostics. The principal professional opportunities are directors, educators, and scientists in clinical chemistry in hospital laboratories, public health laboratories, pharmaceutical /diagnostics industry, and commercial reference laboratories.

The Fellowship Program requires two years for completion. Candidates are not only trained in all sub-disciplines of modern clinical chemistry, but also in basic, clinical, or translational research, laboratory management, and teaching.

Our goal is to prepare candidates with sufficient practical experience and theoretical knowledge in clinical chemistry for a career in academic medicine, clinical practice, or industry. We will also prepare candidates for board certification by national boards including American Board of Clinical Chemistry, National Registry of Certified Chemists, and American Board of Toxicology etc.