The intensive 12-month course of study for the Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program is focused on the data acquisition and documentation processes from medical and non-medical sources with particular emphasis placed on the correlation of scene observations (forensic investigation) with autopsy and forensic toxicological findings. In addition, fellows perform rotations in the Forensic Toxicology and Drug Chemistry laboratories as well as the Forensic Investigations Department, Firearms Identification Laboratory, and the Forensic Genetics Laboratory.
Forensic Pathology Fellows actively participate in casework as they work alongside supervising pathologists who are involved in the instruction and supervision of fellows including the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Assistant Medical Examiners, and a board-certitified Neuropathologist.
The Institute of Forensic Sciences also employs a team of forensic anthropologists and a forensic entomologist. The Institute has additional consultants with specialties in cardiovascular pathology, ophthalmology, forensic odontology, and pediatric pathology. Access to other specialties is available as part of the Institute’s membership in the Texas Medical Center – the largest medical center in the world with one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, and translational research.
Applicants must be board certified or eligible in AP or AP/CP and have a Texas medical license. Board-eligible applicants may apply for a training permit from the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. Residents pursuing an AP-FP track, and already enrolled in an ACGME-approved residency program, will also be considered.
Salary and benefits package is very competitive.
- Complete the Harris County Application For Employment.*
- Submit one application to Harris County using one of the methods outlined on their website.
- Submit one copy of the application along with three distinct letters of recommendation to the Institute by mail:
Attn: Pathology Administrative Coordinator
Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
1861 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, Texas 77054
*Fellow candidates are encouraged to apply two years prior to the start of the intended fellowship year.
For more information, contact:
Darshan Phatak, M.D., Assistant Medical Examiner and Pathology Fellowship Program Director
Phone: (832) 927-5111