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.

  • PhD, MD, or equivalent degree
  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry and/or biochemistry courses taken at institutions acceptable to the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) for fulfilling the eligibility requirements for taking the Chemistry Board exam.  Questions concerning eligibility should be directed to ABCC.

Number of positions:

1 new fellow each July 1

Open Positions: (Updated Feb 27, 2019)

2019: 0

2020: 1

Interested candidates should submit the Fellowship Application, current CV, personal statement explaining your background and interest in our program, undergraduate and graduate school transcripts (certified copy is NOT required), and 3 letters of recommendation from faculty who are familiar with your research or clinical performance. Letters of recommendation are preferably sent directly by the letter-writer and not by the applicant.  The application and all supporting materials should be sent between July 1st and October 1st of the year prior to which one is applying. The application and all supporting materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) to kdk2g@virginia.edu or may be sent to the following address:
Kim Knotts

Medical Education Coordinator
Department of Pathology
University of Virginia
1215 Lee Street, Box 800214
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Lindsay A. L. Bazydlo, Ph.D., DABCC Program Co-Director, LC/MSMS analysis

Joesph Wiencek, Ph.D. Program Co-Director, Pediatric Clinical Chemistry

James H. Harrison, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. Informatics

David E. Bruns M.D., FACB Emeritus

Robin Felder, Ph.D. Medical automation research; robotics

Donald Hunt, Ph.D. Mass spectrometry of proteins; immunology

James Landers, Ph.D. Capillary electrophoresis, microchips

Mani S. Mahadevan, M,D. Molecular genetics; myotonic dystrophy