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To become a preeminent leader in academic anatomic and clinical pathology while translating basic science discovery to improved clinical care.

Forensic Pathology Fellowship

Director: Cynthia Schandl, M.D., Ph.D.

Cynthia Schandl, M.D., Ph.D. - Director of Forensic Pathology Fellowship


Prepare for a lifetime career in the field of Forensic Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina in beautiful Charleston. The ACGME accredited one-year training is offered to one applicant each academic year. It is a full-time program that is located within an academic medical center where extensive pathology specialist support is available. Trainees are responsible under supervision for scene investigations, post-mortem external examinations, autopsies (approximately 250), microscopic evaluation of tissues, interpretation of toxicology, completion of anatomic protocols, appearances in court upon occasion, and conferences with attorneys and/or police officials. Approximately 800 autopsies, including a large percentage of homicides, are performed in a modern autopsy facility. The cases are varied as they come both from urban and rural counties both on the coast and inland. Experienced autopsy technicians help with the physical performance of the autopsies. Trainees have the opportunity to assist in teaching police, coroners, lawyers, medical students and residents and are expected to participate in weekly conferences. Time and funding are provided for study of forensic application of anthropology, toxicology, crime scene, odontology, DNA/serology and ballistics at nearby state or national centers. Computer and internet access are provided, and a complete medical library is on the Medical University premises. The fellow is expected to submit a forensic pathology-related article to a peer-reviewed journal for publication; ample faculty support is available for this endeavor.


Three years of anatomic pathology or two years of anatomic and two years of clinical pathology are preferred prerequisites for applicants. Applications should be received by January 1st of the preceding year.


Salary is set by University guidelines. For PGY5 level applicants. Benefits include: educational expense fund; three weeks vacation; educational leave; private office space; use of a laptop computer and microscope.


Nicholas I Batalis MD; Michael J. Caplan, MD; Russell Harley MD; S. Erin Presnell MD; Ellen Riemer, MD, JD; Cynthia A. Schandl MD, PhD; Cynthia T. Welsh, MD., Lee M. Tormos, MD

For Additional Information

Cynthia A. Schandl, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Forensic Pathology Training Program
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Avenue, Suite 309, MSC 908
Charleston, South Carolina 29425-9080
Phone: (843) 792-3500
Fax: (843) 792-3537


The applications for fellowship programs can be downloaded below.

Application in MS Word Format
Application in Adobe PDF Format

Please remit the application to:

Lori Roten
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
171 Ashley Avenue, MSC 908
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-3121

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