Dermatopathology Fellowship

Miraca Life Sciences is proud to offer fellowship training in dermatopathology through a one-year, ACGME-accredited, joint program at Miraca and Tufts Medical Center. The program accepts one fellow each academic year. The dermatopathology fellowship program is based at Miraca’s laboratory in Newton, Mass.

About the Fellowship Program

The majority of the dermatopathology training takes place at Miraca, where fellows benefit from our high patient volume of more than 200,000 cases per year. Specimens range from routine cases to challenging consultations, providing a full spectrum of skin pathology. Fellows participate in daily sign-outs, consensus and teaching conferences, as well as didactic lectures and grand rounds, ensuring exposure to interesting and rare cases. In addition, fellows are expected to teach and mentor dermatology and pathology residents at Tufts Medical Center.

Fellows spend half the year in either the Department of Dermatology or Pathology at Tufts Medical Center, depending on their previous training. In the case of pathology residents, they will see patients in the dermatology clinic to strengthen their facility for dermatopathology through clinicopathological correlation. Fellows who have already completed a dermatology residency will participate in sign-out of general pathology cases.

Miraca has a strong presence at national dermatopathology and pathology meetings featuring its investigative research activities, allowing many opportunities to present and publish research projects. Fellows are encourage to participate in at least one research project during the fellowship year.

Current Opportunity

The dermatopathology fellowship program is reviewing applications for academic year 2018-2019. The position for academic year 2017–18 has been filled.

Applicants selected to interview for academic year 2018-2019 will be invited for an onsite visit and interview during the fall of 2017.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Completion of an accredited pathology or dermatology residency program
  • Anatomic or anatomic and clinical pathology board certification or board eligibility
  • Eligibility to obtain a Massachusetts medical license prior to commencing training
  • Eligibility to work in the United States; please be advised that Miraca does not sponsor J or H type visas for the fellowship program
  • Standard application (required)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Three letters of recommendation (directly from the person writing the letter of recommendation)
  • USMLE and/or ECFMG scores

Fellowship Leaders

Fellowship Program Director
Mandana Mahmoodi, MD
Staff Dermatopathologist, Miraca Life Sciences
Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts

Associate Program Director
Marier Hernandez, MD
Staff Dermatopathologist, Miraca Life Sciences

Our Dermatopathology Team

Questions and Submitting an Application

All inquiries should be sent to Maria Khidekel, Program Coordinator, at

To apply, send standard application (required), curriculum vitae, letter of interest, test scores and recommendation letters to Miraca by mail to the address below or send via email.

Miraca Life Sciences
Dermatopathology Fellowship Program
Attn: Maria Khidekel
320 Needham St, Suite 200
Newton, MA 02464

The Miraca pathology interface with EMA Derm streamlines the work, making it easier and more efficient. I really like being able to pull up the path results on the iPad and review them with the patient.
— David Knutson, MD,
Dermatologist/Practice Owner, Dermatology Clinic of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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