Clinical Chemistry Fellowship

Program Overview

Training in the fellowship program in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine at the University of Virginia is designed to prepare fellows for careers in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (ComACC) and material covered meets the standards and guidelines of that organization.  The program is two years and allows sufficient time for in-depth training in the broad area of clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics and laboratory medicine.

The fellowship is focused on an in-depth study of laboratory medicine, with emphasis in the areas of clinical chemistry, toxicology, laboratory management, laboratory computing, immunological testing and evidence-based laboratory medicine.  Additional time in hematology, coagulation and microbiology is available for fellows who wish to be prepared to direct a core laboratory.  Fellows are integrated into laboratory rotations with pathology residents, clinical activities with residents and clinical departments attendings, notably in the Divisions of General Medicine, Endocrinology and Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Clinical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Training during the first year is intended to be sufficient for the Fellow to sit for the American Board of Clinical Chemistry exam at the end of the first year.

Since accreditation in 2006, there have been 12 graduates of the Fellowship. Some examples of career choices of our graduates include academic medical centers as either laboratory directors or in education, laboratory director at large regional medical centers, active duty with the US Army, and industry/commercial laboratory operations.