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Department of Laboratory Medicine


Many educational opportunities exist for Medical Fellows within the NIH Clinical Center. These offerings are varied and include topic areas ranging from practice specific courses to professional development.

Contact the Department of Laboratory Medicine for further information and/or application to the Fellowship program at the NIH Clinical Center via email at

Specialty Service Fellowships

There are several Fellowships available within the Department of Laboratory Medicine.

Chemistry Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program Directors: David B. Sacks, MB, ChB and Steven Soldin, PhD
Fellowship Associate Program Director: Zhen Zhao, PhD

The objectives of the clinical chemistry fellowship program in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the NIH are to train individuals to manage high complexity laboratories, to become clinically oriented and participate in a variety of largely translational research projects, to develop their own research foci and to cover the set curriculum of the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (ComACC), thereby ensuring successful examination outcomes. The training emphasizes the clinical aspects of clinical chemistry, with active participation by the fellows via an on-call system. The expected length of the program is two years. Qualified candidates must have an MD and/or PhD Preference is given to individuals who are approximately two years (but no more than six years) beyond the doctoral degree, and who have obtained training in laboratory medicine, clinical medicine, or clinical chemistry. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 30 semester hours in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry or biochemistry courses prior to admission into the program to meet certification eligibility requirements by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Program Structure
The first three months of the Clinical Training Program are devoted to rotations through various Clinical Chemistry sections: general chemistry, special chemistry, immunoassays, electrophoresis, urinalysis, therapeutic drug monitoring, HPLC and mass spectrometry. The fellow is then expected (on a rotating basis) to handle inquiries to the Clinical Chemistry Service from patient-care physicians and is encouraged to attend working patient rounds. Throughout the training, special emphasis is placed on the correlation of laboratory data with the status of patients in the Clinical Center. After the initial training, the fellow regularly works up and presents patient cases and has an opportunity to participate in translational research.

In addition, the fellows also participate in the Research Training Program. During the first three months of the research training program the fellow meets with and discusses the research and service responsibilities of each Senior Staff member. The fellow is encouraged to choose a research project for independent investigation under the supervision of a Senior Staff member, or to participate in an ongoing research project. The fellow is also responsible for developing one or two methods for implementation by the Clinical Chemistry Service. The project for method development is determined by the needs of the Service at the time. Members of the Clinical Chemistry Service collaborate with clinicians in clinical research and conduct their own independent research. An important new initiative in the service is mass spectrometry, which is expanding in both clinical and research applications. Numerous opportunities are available to participate in both basic and translational research projects.

Additional Information

Application Information
There is one position available each year, usually beginning on July 1. Applications close on Oct. 1 for positions commencing July 1 of the following year. Send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to Zhen Zhao, Email:

Microbiology Fellowship Program

A two-year training program is offered to PhDs and MDs. This is a postgraduate residency program in medical and public health laboratory microbiology accredited by the Committee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP) of the American Academy of Microbiology. The program is designed to develop knowledge and skill in diagnostic microbiology, clinical consultation related to microbiology and infectious diseases, and clinical laboratory management. A strong emphasis is also placed on laboratory research, particularly on the development of new diagnostic tests and on collaborative projects performed in conjunction with clinical protocols ongoing at the NIH. Individuals appropriate for the program are:

  • those interested in gaining knowledge and experience to help them in managing a clinical microbiology laboratory.
  • individuals with a microbiology research background who are interested in applying modern research technology to enhance diagnostic laboratory procedures.

Successful completion of the fellowship program will allow the candidate to seek certification via the American Board of Medical Microbiology and successful completion of this process qualifies the candidate to serve as a medical director for medical microbiology, mycology, parasitology or virology under CLIA88.

Program Director
Dr. Adrian M. Zelazny, PhD D(ABMM)
Fellowship Program Director
Microbiology Service,
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Center
National Institutes of Health
Building 10, Room 2C-385
10 Center Dr. MSC 1508
Bethesda, MD 20892-1508

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This page last updated on 02/27/2019

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