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ASCP Fellowship and Job Market Surveys Show Crucial Trends for Fellowships and Employment

Monday, July 23, 2012

“In 2012, 2,602 pathology residents and fellows filled out the ASCP Fellowship and Job Market Surveys, which is the largest sample of data on this important topic in North America. While we know fellowships are critical to successful careers in pathology, we believe these surveys indicate crucial trends for fellowships and for job searches. ASCP is proud of this nearly 100 percent capture of information from residents in the United States and Canada and is continually working to refine these surveys with ASCP Resident Council.”
—C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP

The 2012 ASCP Fellowship and Job Market Surveys once again provide crucial information for all pathology trainees, residency, and fellowship program directors. The comprehensive surveys gathered responses from a very large group of residents and fellows to produce the most relevant data.

Fellowships continue to be of vital significance with 95 percent of residents seeking fellowship training and about 33 percent of residents planning on multiple fellowships. Surgical pathology remains the top fellowship choice with cytopathology and hematopathology ranking as the second and third choices, respectively.

According to the surveys, the job market for pathology fellows is still mixed: “Most fellows receive one to two offers, but a substantial minority is not finding employment right away.”

“In 2012, 2,602 pathology residents and fellows filled out the ASCP Fellowship and Job Market Surveys, which is the largest sample of data on this important topic in North America,” said ASCP President C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP. “While we know fellowships are critical to successful careers in pathology, we believe these surveys indicate crucial trends for fellowships and for job searches. ASCP is proud of this nearly 100 percent capture of information from residents in the United States and Canada and is continually working to refine these surveys with the ASCP Resident Council.” 

“The questions on the surveys are generated by the Resident Council, meaning this is really designed by residents and for residents to produce the most valuable data,” said the co-author of the surveys Henry Rinder, MD, FASCP, Chair of the ASCP Resident In-Service Examination Committee.

One of the new areas included in this year’s surveys looked at surgical pathology Sign-Out, and results indicated that almost 25 percent of residents do not have graduated sign-out available to them during training, but nearly all residents desire this capability. This and all new findings will be reviewed in detail with the Resident Council as they look ahead to next year’s survey, said Dr. Rinder.

Evelyn Bruner, MD, ASCP Resident Council Chair-Elect said she hopes program directors will look at the data and think about how they can use the resident feedback to improve education and training opportunities.

Dr. Bruner noted that while a majority of residents are somewhat pessimistic about the state of health care, it is encouraging that the majority are finding jobs. “All in all we are getting good training and doing pretty well in getting jobs,” she said.

For more details, read the full Fellowship and Job Market report.


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