Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Residency Training Program


Schedule of Rotations
Surgical Pathology Fellowship
Cytopathology Fellowship
Resident E-mail & Composites

Frequently Asked Questions



Staff & Students

Residency Program

Graduate Studies

Grand Rounds

Pathology as a Career

Students Interested in Pathology

Department Reports

Department Job Openings

Image Analysis Facility

Regional Pathology Services

ECU Home






Cytopathology Fellowship


The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the East Carolina University School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship in cytopathology, under the direction of Heng Hong, M.D.  The fellowship provides extensive training in GYN and non-GYN cytology, including fine needle aspiration biopsy. The cytology service manages approximately 8,200 cases per year, of which greater than 800 are fine needle aspiration biopsies from multiple sites including deep thoracic and abdominal organs, breast, thyroid, lymph nodes, soft tissue, salivary glands, prostate and brain. Experience in interpreting both traditional Papanicolaou stained and Wright-Giemsa (Diff-Quik) stained smears is emphasized.

The majority of the superficial biopsies are performed by pathologists. The cytopathology fellow assists and performs these FNA biopsies in the School of Medicine clinics, hospital, and on patients referred directly to the Pathology Department. The fellow will also review all consultation cases. Contemporary techniques of performing the fine-needle aspiration biopsies are utilized, including interpretation of rapid stains such as the Diff-Quik stain for preliminary diagnosis. Often the Diff-Quik stain is used to identify either difficult and/or interesting cases that may need ancillary studies on the cytologic material. The cytopathology fellow is actively involved in obtaining specimens for immunocytochemistry electron microscopy, image analysis, and flow cytometry and will interpret these findings. An outstanding feature of the FNA biopsy service is the close cooperation and working relationship with clinical colleagues from radiology, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and radiation oncology.

The fellow also has the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in exfoliative cytology. The training stresses both preparatory techniques and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on cytologic-histologic correlation. Opportunities are also abundant for participation in a number of ongoing conferences, including: (1) a weekly surgical pathology/cytology conference; (2) a weekly multidisciplinary oncology conference; (3) weekly pathology seminars and (4) a weekly microscopic cytology conference.

The cytology division maintains an extensive surgical pathology and cytology library, Kodachrome sets and archival study slides. Opportunity exists for teaching and collaborative research efforts in cytology. The cytology division has a strong commitment to research and is actively involved in teaching at the national level. The fellowship also provides experience in laboratory computer systems and develops a foundation for laboratory management.


Completion of pathology residency requirements and full licensure to practice medicine in North Carolina is required for this position.


The stipend is that of a comparable year resident at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and competitive with others in the region.  Benefit package includes institution and resident share Cost for major medical health insurance, major medical health insurance for dependents, outpatient mental health insurance, group life insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance and disability insurance for occupationally acquired HIV.

Additional Information/Applications

Please contact Heng Hong, MD, PhD, Director of Cytopathology Fellowship, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine or Jennifer Cooper, Residency Coordinator, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Fellowship Director

Heng Hong, MD, PhD
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Brody School of Medicine at ECU
Mailstop:  642
Brody Building 7S18
Greenville, NC  27834
Phone:  252.744.5911

Residency Coordinator

Jennifer Cooper
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Brody School of Medicine at ECU
Mailstop:  642
Brody Building 7S10
Greenville, NC  27834
Phone:  252.744.1229

ecu logoContact Us
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Brody School of Medicine at ECU
Brody Medical Sciences Building 7S10
Greenville, NC  27858-4353 USA
2009 | terms of use | Last Updated: 06/12/2014