The University of Pennsylvania

U Pen

Director

Ping Wang, PhD, DABCC, FACB
Michael J. Bennett, PhD, DABCC, FRCPath, FACB
Telephone:  215-662-6575
Fax:  215-662-7529
E-mail:ClinChemFellowship@uphs.upenn.edu

Address

Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Director
Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Penn Medicine/ Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce St., 7103 Founders Bldg.
Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

Faculty and Research Interests

Ping Wang, PhD, DABCC, FACB Chemistry, POCT, toxicology, TDM, Pharmacogenomics, molecular diagnostics
Michael J. Bennett, PhD, FRCPath, FACB Pediatric laboratory medicine, pediatric metabolic disease diagnosis
Leslie Shaw, Ph.D, DABCC, FACB Toxicology, mass spectrometry
Michael C. Milone, MD, PhD Laboratory Medicine, Immunobiology and Experimental Pathology
Daniel Herman, MD, PhD Laboratory Medicine, Pathology Informatics, Cardiac Biomarkers, Clinical Chemistry, and Molecular Diagnostics
Steve Master, MD, PhD Clinical Chemistry, Pathology informatics
Tracey Polsky, MD, PhD Clinical Pathology, Clinical Chemistry
Adam Bagg, MD Laboratory Hematology; Laboratory Evaluation of Hematologic Diseases; Leukemias; Lymphomas; Myelodysplastic Syndromes; Molecular Pathology; Myeloma; Hodgkin lymphoma
Douglas Cines, MD Coagulation. Immune hematological disorders
Malek Kamoun, MD PhD Clinical laboratory immunology, clinical histocompatibility testing
Christopher Watt, MD PhD Molecular diagnostics
Jason Rosenbaum, MD Molecular diagnostics, next generation sequencing
Amrom Obstfeld, MD, PhD Hematology, coagulation

Program Listing

Level(s) of training: Postdoctoral, candidates are post graduate school (PhD) or pathology residency (MD)
Number of positions available per year: 1 every 2 years
Duration of program:  2 years
Approximate annual salary or stipend: Commensurate with training
Source of funding: Department
Current number of trainees: 1
Number of past graduates: New program (2018)

Application Procedures

Prerequisites

Doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, or PharmD and equivalent) at accredited institutions are required for admission into the program.

Individuals with doctoral degrees in the following and other relevant life science areas are encouraged to apply: Clinical Chemistry, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Toxicology, Pharmacology, Physiology, or Genetics.

Candidates should have met 30-hour minimum requirement of undergraduate and/or graduate level biochemistry or chemistry courses, which is required for ABCC certification. Previous experience in clinical chemistry is not required but strong interests in laboratory medicine and research is required.

Procedures

Interested applicants should first submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the program director, ClinChemFellowship@uphs.upenn.edu.

Candidates selected to proceed to the next step of application will be asked to submit 1) copies of credentials, 2) undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and 3) three letters of reference to the program director. The mailing address is: Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Director. Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Penn Medicine/ Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. 3400 Spruce St., 7103 Founders Bldg. Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA.

In addition, the applicants will need to complete an application form for the specific position on the University of Pennsylvania website. Applicants with education obtained at institutions outside of the U.S. or Canada must, at their expense, have their credentials evaluated by acceptable agencies.

Deadline

October 1st for the position starting July of the following year

Program Description

The first year of the program is an introduction to and rotation through the various laboratories providing clinical services to the hospital and outpatient center. These laboratories include the core laboratory, endocrinology, toxicology, point-of-care testing, and satellite laboratories. Elective rotations in selected laboratory areas of interest will also be provided. The fellow will study proper testing procedures (specimen collection and processing), methodology, and clinical correlation of testing. Small research projects including, but not limited to, method development and clinical case study will also be assigned.

The second year will focus on management, on-call duty, and self-initiated research approved by the program director. During this time, the fellow will gradually assume greater responsibilities in the clinical service laboratories. The fellow will review and address laboratory management and patient care problems. The fellow is expected to obtain board certification in Clinical Chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) by the end of the fellowship.