Pediatric Pathology Fellowship

Akron Children’s offers an ACGME-approved 1-year pediatric pathology fellowship. Fellows may remain for a second year, but will not be credited. Candidates for the fellowship must be eligible for anatomical pathology or anatomical and clinical pathology.  

The program emphasizes anatomic and genetic pathology. Required rotations are anatomic pathology, cytogenetics, molecular diagnostics, and hematopathology. Elective rotations include clinical genetics, renal pathology, and neuromuscular pathology.

Fellows are required to do clinical research. Our goal is to enable fellows to practice pediatric pathology in a general hospital or children's hospital and qualify for pediatric pathology boards. The program gives also ample opportunity to develop laboratory management and teaching skills. 

The Akron Children’s Hospital system includes a 253-bed pediatric hospital in its main campus in Akron, Ohio, a 50-bed pediatric hospital in Beeghly, near Youngstown, Ohio, 69 NICU beds at four community hospitals, and numerous pediatric practices in northern Ohio. The hospital serves multiple counties in Northern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania with a population of approximately 2 million.

Akron Children's Hospital's Department of Pathology examines approximately 7,500 surgicals, 650 placentas, and 70 pediatric and embryofetal autopsies per year. The department is a regional referral center for adult and pediatric renal pathology, neuromuscular pathology, and neuropathology.

The electron microscopy lab accessions over 400 cases per year. The department includes busy cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics laboratories that are also regional referral centers for adult and pediatric genetic, oncology, and infectious disease cases. The clinical laboratories accession approximately 646,000 specimens each year. The department is staffed by 5 board-certified pediatric pathologists and two PhD scientists.

The program is affiliated with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and provides a rich academic environment. Akron Children's Hospital has a large pediatric residency and pediatric fellowship programs as well as affiliations with other programs (orthopedics, surgery, family practice, urology, and ophthalmology). Residents of these programs interact with pathology fellows. 

We offer pediatric pathology rotations to residents from two other pathology programs and electives and summer fellowships to NEOMED students. Fellows interact with and supervise rotators and students. 

For more information about our program, contact our pediatric pathology fellowship program director, Kimberly Eickholt, MD, at 330-543-8572 or


Kimberly Eickholt, MD

Pediatric Pathology Fellowship Director

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