This recently-expanded, ComACC-accredited Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine prepares exceptional individuals with advanced degrees (Ph.D. or M.D.) for careers in Laboratory Medicine. Our program emphasizes the application of advanced analytical techniques involving proteomics and genomics in clinical chemistry and related clinical laboratory disciplines. The Fellowship Program requires a minimum of two years for completion; however, further training in a third year–particularly in advanced research–is encouraged. Fellows are trained not only as specialists in disciplines like clinical Chemistry/Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacogenomics, Diagnostic Proteomics and other new and evolving specialties, but also as basic and clinical laboratory scientists. The major goal of this training is to prepare a Fellow with sufficient practical and theoretical experience for a career in academic medicine, clinical practice, or industry. Additionally, our goal is to prepare Fellows for board certification by national boards such as the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC), Molecular Diagnostics, or other such boards. Emphasis is placed on obtaining basic and applied research experience which then provides the foundation needed for future career development with a focus on both basic and translational clinical research.
Laboratory tests and procedures, as well as new discoveries, are necessary to aid in optimal management, therapy, and diagnosis of disease. Clinical laboratories perform many of these crucial tests, most of which evolve as a result of better understanding of the disease process at the molecular level. Technology applied to diagnostic testing is evolving at such a rapid pace that very few clinical practitioners can keep up with advances in laboratory utilization. The clinical laboratory scientist/pathologist is an integral part of the healthcare delivery system by helping the clinician in choosing tests, developing procedures for the laboratory, providing proper collection/distribution of specimens, overseeing laboratory performance; and using information, biotechnology and evidence-based medicine in the interpretation of results. Advanced analytical techniques in genomics and proteomics including automation, nanotechnolgy, and bioinformatics, establish the basis for translational research in medicine.