Melanoma Institute Australia Melanoma Pathology Fellowship 2019

Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) has created a Fellowship for qualified pathologists/final year anatomical pathology trainees. This position is fully RCPA accredited for Anatomical Pathology Registrar and RCPA Diploma of Dermatopathology training. It will provide a unique opportunity for the right individual to:

  • enhance their clinical diagnostic skills in pigmented lesion pathology,
  • obtain additional experience/training in surgical/molecular pathology and research,
  • gain experience in interpretation of difficult consultation cases (>2500 annually)
  • participate in the MIA translational melanoma research program
  • enhance their knowledge of the treatment and care of melanoma patients.

MIA is a world leader in melanoma research, clinical care and education. It is an independent, non- profit organisation that is formally affiliated with the University of Sydney and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. The Institute is staffed by an internationally recognised multidisciplinary team of senior clinicians and researchers. The award winning MIA translational research program is supported by a program grant and other research funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and Cancer Institute New South Wales. The MIA Biospecimen Bank contains the largest number of annotated melanoma specimens worldwide. The Institute is a leading site for melanoma clinical trials.

Pathology is a critical aspect of the multidisciplinary care of melanoma patients at MIA. All patients who are referred for care at MIA routinely have their pathology reviewed by MIA pathologists (over 1400 new melanoma cases each year). The tissue pathology service for MIA is provided by the Department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. The dermatopathology team includes at present 3 anatomical pathology specialists (Professor Richard Scolyer, Dr Robert Rawson and Dr Peter Ferguson) 2 Dermatopathology Fellows and one dedicated dermatopathology registrar. In addition, Professor Richard Scolyer receives a large number of consultation cases from other pathologists. These unique resources offer unparalleled opportunities to both gain clinical experience in dermatopathology and to perform translation clinical and translational research.

This position is based in the Department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and enables the successful applicant to work within a dynamic and high volume department. The department is an academic Pathology Department in a large tertiary referral hospital and is responsible for providing a high quality diagnostic service in all areas of Anatomical Pathology including surgical pathology, molecular pathology, electron microscopy and cytopathology. It services all subspecialities and receives a large number of consultation cases.

The fellow will be expected to participate in the academic activities of the Institute. It is envisaged that the Fellows position would involve 50% clinical pathology and 50% research. They would be invited to participate in the routine reporting of the department to gain further clinical experience, if desired, at a level commensurate with their experience/qualifications. 

The role would encompass the following core areas:

  • Obtain training and education in the pathological diagnosis and reporting of melanocytic pathology, dermatopathology and other pathology
  • Develop an understanding of pathology reporting standards
  • Participate in the MIA research program on molecular determinants of risk, progression and treatment response in melanoma and other pathology research projects including the melanoma genome project.
  • Participate in the MIA/Departmental training and education activities
  • Present at the weekly melanoma multidisciplinary team meeting
  • Gain further expertise in other areas of diagnostic and molecular pathology at a major tertiary referral centre

Applicants should be a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, or equivalent, or be in their final year of training. They must also be eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

Applications (including a resume and cover letter) should be sent to careers@melanoma.org.au prior to Friday 7th September 2018

Further Information can be found at www.melanoma.org.au or by phoning Prof Richard Scolyer, (02) 9515 7011.