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Perinatal & Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship

This one-year fellowship located at NorthShore Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois, is designed to develop diagnostic expertise in Perinatal & Gynecologic Pathology for academic or community settings.  NorthShore accepts one fellow each year to this independent post-graduate program sponsored by the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Core rotations

Perinatal pathology, to include the routine examination of placentas, products of conception and perinatal autopsy.
Gynecologic pathology, to include neoplastic and non-neoplastic surgical pathology, frozen section, and consultations.
Elective time/dedicated research time is available for research under the supervision of senior faculty.

The mix of these three core rotations can be tailored to the interests of the Fellow in consultation with the fellowship directors. The scientific environment and faculty expertise is particularly well-suited for translational research. Fellow responsibilities include supervision and teaching of residents and medical students in dissection of surgical specimens and autopsy specimens for microscopic review, intraoperative consultations (frozen section), workup of consultation cases, and presentations at departmental and interdepartmental conferences.

Additional educational opportunities

Perinatal Conference weekly
Pediatric Grand Rounds weekly
Perinatal Quality Committee monthly
GYN Tumor Board weekly
GYN Grand Rounds weekly

Research opportunities

The fellow would be expected to participate in at least one research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor in either gynecologic or perinatal pathology. The project would ideally be identified in the first 3 months and run longitudinally throughout the fellowship. Dedicated months for research are also provided to work on this and other research projects.


Applicants must hold an MD or DO degree (or foreign equivalent with ECFMG certification) and be board eligible or certified in Anatomic Pathology or combined AP/CP.  Applicants must be eligible for an Illinois medical license.


Stipends are commensurate with the fellow's level of training. 

Fellowship Directors

Perinatal pathology
Linda M. Ernst MD (University of Connecticut 1999), M.H.S. (Quinnipiac College 1991)

Gynecologic Pathology
William G. Watkin MD (New Jersey Medical School 1981)

Application Process

Accepting Applications for 2022-2023.

Complete and/or provide:

  • Fellowship application (CAP standard application also accepted)
  • Photo
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement that delineates your career plans and includes a brief biography
  • Medical school diploma
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • Three letters of recommendation

Please submit  all documents (electronic preferred) to email and