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Pathology Informatics Fellowship

Next Opening: 2027-2029

A two-year Pathology Informatics and Pathology Data Architecture fellowship is available for those with a strong interest in information technology as applied towards the collective specialties of both anatomic and clinical pathology. The program is structured to allow the fellow to rapidly gain proficiency with the use of information technology, process automation, asset tracking technology, and high-throughput computational methodologies, thus creating the necessary skill set to serve in project-lead roles as quickly as possible. Emphasis is placed on important subspecialties including: Laboratory Information System (LIS) operational and design concepts, design and implementation strategies for optimal database architecture, issues intrinsic to massive database repositories, user interface design, automated tracking of workflow including use of the latest-generation barcoding technologies, natural language / lexical analysis / regular expression/heuristic analysis tools and their deployment to reduce error and improve patient safety and outcomes. Additional areas of focus, based upon individual career goals, include: information delivery using Web-based architectures, collaborative cloud/grid-based computation, scripting and 4GL programming, image repository management, digital imaging and whole-slide imaging, bioinformatics and high-throughput computation (in partnership with the Translational Pathology Division), content-based image retrieval, automated report generation, federation of data sources / federated architectures and, finally, use of information technology to enhance educational initiatives. The above curriculum will be tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of each fellow while at the same time ensuring that coverage of core curriculum content is preserved. Core competencies in each of the major areas of applied clinical informatics, research/investigative informatics and education will be covered throughout the year, in the form of both didactic content and project-oriented exercises. Fellows will work with the staff of a well-established, pathology-based informatics division, in concert with pathologists and staff throughout the department other teams in the University Hospital at large and with other areas and departments of the university, as predicated by specific project (joint projects with the College of Engineering being a good example). Frequently, the informatics fellow will be called upon to act as a liaison and team lead for challenging information technology and data architecture issues, working shoulder to shoulder with pathology residents, department staff, and members of a large and complex health system. It is expected that fellows will participate in original informatics research during their fellowship, with such efforts leading to quality publications in high-impact journals, and presentations at national/international meetings.  This program is not ACGME accredited.

Applicants must be Board-certified or Board-eligible, in Clinical Pathology or Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and be eligible for a license in Michigan.  Applicants must be US citizens, permanent residents or pending permanent residents/EAD approved. J-1 visas are not eligible.

The U-M accepts degrees from colleges and universities listed on the link below. Candidates must have graduated from a medical school found on the approved list, affiliation with a school on the approved list is not sufficient.   Medical Schools Recognized by University of Michigan

Salary will be commensurate with the candidate's level of training. 



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


Inquiries can be directed to:
Ulysses J. Balis, M.D., Pathology Informatics Fellowship Director

Department of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories

2800 Plymouth Road, Building 35

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2800

Phone:  (734) 615-5727