Clinical Chemistry Fellowship

The mission of the Clinical Chemistry Fellowship program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is to provide PhD scientists or MDs with comprehensive training in clinical chemistry in order to prepare the trainees for successful careers in clinical laboratory medicine.

Program description

The Clinical Chemistry Fellowship program is designed to provide the fellow with a diverse exposure to clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. The fellowship program includes exposure to a fully automated clinical chemistry laboratory that includes:

  • Automated urine drug screening
  • Endocrinology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious disease serology in addition to general clinical chemistry

The fellow also receives training in the on-site special chemistry and immunology laboratory that currently houses two LC-MS/MS analyzers.

The clinical chemistry service also has oversight of 3 stand-alone laboratories that provide general clinical chemistry, coagulation, hematology and urinalysis testing for three large physician practices in southern New Hampshire.

The training program exposes the fellow to dynamic molecular pathology and translational research laboratories that enhance training by providing access to cutting edge molecular testing and research opportunities.

The program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is also activity engaged in reference laboratory test utilization including the participation of a medical geneticist and genetic counsellor that contribute to the fellow’s training.

Completion of the two-year fellowship training program will provide the fellow with in depth experiences in clinical laboratory medicine and will prepare the fellow with the necessary prerequisites to qualify for board eligibility from the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Program goals

The goals of our program include providing clinical chemistry fellows with the educational tools necessary to develop a mastery of the core analytical principles in clinical chemistry and the association between analytical techniques and the physiologic basis of disease.

In addition, we aim to:

  • Provide clinical chemistry fellows with exposure to testing performed in multiple sections within the laboratory, as well as to different laboratory environments such as those in a physician office laboratory or critical access hospital.
  • Provide clinical chemistry fellows with multiple opportunities to hone their teaching and presentation skills via routine presentations at departmental lecture series and through the presentation of didactic sessions to medical laboratory science undergraduate students.
  • Facilitate collaborative and independent research projects leading to publications in academic journal appropriate for the field.