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Clinical Informatics Fellowship - Pathology Concentration

Published on Aug 09, 2021 · Last Updated 1 month 1 week ago


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The divisions of Pathology Informatics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) have partnered with the DBHi Clinical Informatics Fellowship program to offer a pathology informatics concentration within the ACGME accredited Clinical Informatics fellowship.

This concentration aims to produce pathology informatics professionals poised to:

  • Lead informatics initiatives both within a pathology department and throughout the enterprise.
  • Interface and contribute to formal EHR related processes, projects, and groups.
  • Develop and implement solutions at the intersection of pathology and general clinical informatics to improve patient care.

Program Highlights

In addition to the training program set out for the Clinical Informatics fellowship program, pathology informatics trainees will participate in a pathology informatics rotation. This will include didactic and clinical experiences in data analytics, laboratory informatics, digital pathology, genomics, and clinical bioinformatics. A supplement to the rotation is a capstone project relevant to the fellow's area of interest.

The pathology departments at HUP and CHOP are engaged in a variety of informatics projects with which the trainee may choose to participate, including:

  • Implementation of new laboratory information systems
  • Roll out of digital pathology technology and workflows
  • Development and implementation of data analytics tools and framework
  • A variety of inter-departmental operational and quality improvement projects.

Clinical Practice

Fellows have the opportunity for 20% practice time in the clinical area of their interest within Pathology, both at CHOP and HUP. The structure of these experiences will vary depending on the specialty concentration of the trainee.

Current Fellow

Narek Israelyan, MD is a Los Angeles native who completed his undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine and received his master’s and MD degree at Colombia University in New York. His interests in clinical informatics and transfusion medicine began during his clinical pathology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, after leading a project to understand blood utilization patterns across departments in the hospital. During this time, the immense potential for integrating both fields became evident. He is excited to merge the clinical perspective from transfusion medicine with the problem-solving principles in informatics to create innovative solutions for widespread benefit.

Pathology Concentration Faculty

  • Amrom Obstfeld, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Charlene Bierl, MD, PhD - Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Jenna Reece,MD MS - Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Other Affiliated Faculty


Successful candidates will have completed an ACGME accredited US or Canadian Pathology program.

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Please complete the application process using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). NOTE: Within the ERAS application system, CHOP is designated under “Clinical Informatics (Pediatrics); there is no Pathology designation. Once we receive your application, we will clarify with you regarding your interest in the pathology concentration.

We are currently reviewing applications for this concentration for July 2023 and July 2024. The application deadline is September 30, 2022.

Note: We are unable to accept applicants with J1 visas.

Required application materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Dean's Letter (Medical School Performance Evaluation - MSPE)
  • One-page personal statement outlining the applicant's interests, experiences, and career goals relating to clinical informatics
  • Medical school transcript (Unofficial)
  • Photograph
  • USMLE Parts 1, 2, (CK and CS if applicable) & three score transcript(s) or COMPLEX if applicable
  • ECFMG Certification if graduated from a medical school outside the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico
  • Must have completed an ACGME accredited Pathology residency program.

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