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Forensic Pathology Fellowship

Next Opening: 2021-2022

The Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan offers a one-year fellowship in forensic pathology. This is an advanced training program to prepare pathologists in all aspects of forensic pathology. The two forensic pathologists within the Pathology Department perform approximately 350 medicolegal autopsies originating in Washtenaw County. Additional case experience is obtained by participating in death scene investigations and performing autopsies at the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office in Detroit, Michigan. The fellow receives additional training in courtroom testimony, toxicology, criminalistics, anthropology, odontology, and other forensic science-related specialties. Administrative, managerial, and research techniques are also stressed. The office operates an online computerized data system.

Candidates must have completed an AP/CP or anatomic pathology residency and must be eligible for a license to practice in Michigan.


Fellowship applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until available positions are filled.  Applications will be reviewed once ALL required documents listed below are received:  

  • completed fellowship application
  • current CV
  • three letters of recommendation

Applications should be submitted online: Click Here


The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows”.

Inquiries can be directed to:

Leigh Hlavaty, M.D., Associate Professor, and Forensic Pathology Fellowship Director
Wayne County Medical Examiners Office
1300 E. Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207

Phone: (734) 615-7173