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A Fellowship for the 21st Century

Announcing the #DCFPath Class of 2021!

After filtering through dozens of excellent applicants, we are proud to announce the four Digital Communications Fellows in Pathology for 2021. Chosen from a global pool of applicants from high school through to early professorship, these four Fellows stood out for their enthusiasm, innovation, and dedication to new ideas in communication.

From left to right: Sarah Garner, Lavisha S. Punjabi, Cullen Lilley, and Melanie Bourgeau.

Melanie Bourgeau is a resident in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Find her on Twitter at @MELanocyteMD!

Sarah Garner is a pathologists’ assistant and PhD student at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Find her on Twitter at @passion4path!

Cullen Lilley is a medical student and master's student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Illinois, USA. Find him on Twitter at @cullen_lilley!

Lavisha S. Punjabi is a resident in Anatomical Pathology at Singapore General Hospital, Singapore. Find her on Twitter at @punjbiopsy!

“The Digital Communications Fellowship in Pathology represents our commitment to using all available technologies and strategies to effectively advocate for, educate, and inform everyone in healthcare about the central role pathology and laboratory medicine play in patient care,” says Fellowship co-director Kamran Mirza. “Our inaugural fellows, selected from a large pool of exceptionally well-qualified candidates, reflect the best from across the globe. I am so excited to welcome them and can’t wait to see what fantastic digital communications leaders they become!”

“Every applicant to the Digital Communications Fellowship in Pathology was amazing – and the diversity of applicants was breathtaking,” says co-director Michael Schubert. “We’re very proud to announce our four inaugural fellows and to welcome them to the program. I’m looking forward to the creative energy they’ll bring to digital communications over the next year and to seeing the leadership they take away with them!”

Follow our fellows’ journey on all social media (#DCFPath) and cheer them on!

Introducing the Digital Communications Fellowship in Pathology

We are excited to announce the establishment of the Digital Communications Fellowship (DCF), supported by The Pathologist magazine and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. The fellowship was conceived as a means for trainees to leverage digital communication to become leaders in pathology. The ability to define a successful digital presence is a core competency of the future.

Through a series of didactic lessons (live and asynchronous), interactive learning, and a capstone project, the three inaugural DCF fellows will command leadership in modern communication, learning directly from expert faculty during this nine-month long program. The first six months will comprise didactic and interactive Zoom sessions (expected time commitment: approximately 16 hours per month); in the final three months, each fellow will complete a capstone project.

The fellowship is designed for pathology-aspiring medical students, pathology residents, and pathology fellows. The curriculum begins in July 2021 and the first class graduates in March 2022, coinciding with USCAP.

Questions? Contact us [email protected].

Faculty and Lessons


Kamran Mirza is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, USA.

Michael Schubert is Editor of The Pathologist and Executive Editor at Texere Publishing, Ltd., Knutsford, UK.


Adam Booth

Professionalism in the Digital Space

Fellows will review the current “standards” for various professional occupations on social media, then focus specifically on pathology. They will take measures to demonstrate the range of conservative to liberal interpretations of professionalism.

Adam Booth is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreatobiliary at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. His research interests include serrated polyps of the colon, gastrointestinal post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders, and the use of social media in pathology. He serves on committees in the College of American Pathologists, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, American Society of Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology, Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society, and Digital Pathology Association.

Xiaoyin “Sara” Jiang

Networking Using Social Media

Fellows will learn ways to build networks and use social media to strengthen connections in a digital world.

Xiaoyin “Sara” Jiang has expertise in cytopathology and surgical pathology of the head and neck and endocrine systems, with particular interest in thyroid nodules, ultrasound-guided FNA, and novel applications of social media for medical professionals.

Sanjay Mukhopadhyay

How to Write a Tweetorial

Fellows will learn to use all the tools Twitter has to offer to educate others while learning more about a topic themselves.

Sanjay Mukhopadhyay is Director of Pulmonary Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic and Associate Editor (Pulmonary) of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. He has authored more than 100 publications in indexed, peer-reviewed journals, and is the author of a lung pathology textbook published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. Since 2016, he has pioneered the use of online platforms for teaching lung pathology globally, for which The Pathologist magazine named him to its “Power List” for three years in a row. In 2018, he first-authored a landmark study that led to FDA approval for whole slide imaging for primary diagnosis in surgical pathology in the United States. This was followed by two highly cited studies of the effects of vaping on the lung and autopsy findings in COVID-19 that have generated intense interest in the national news media and online.

Sanam Loghavi

Twitter Journal Club

Fellows will learn how to plan, organize, execute, and analyze a Twitter journal club.

Sanam Loghavi is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Department of Hematopathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Medical Director of the ECOG/ACRIN Leukemia Bank at the Central Biorepository and Pathology Facility. She received her MD degree from Azad University-Tehran Branch in 2004 after which she completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles followed by fellowship training in surgical pathology, hematopathology and molecular pathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She specializes in hematologic malignancies, in particular myeloid neoplasms and her research interests include molecular risk stratification of hematologic neoplasms and measurable residual disease detection by flow cytometry and next generation sequencing. She has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed original publications and review articles and multiple book chapters and serves as a reviewer for several pathology and hematology and oncology journals. She is an active member of the American Society of Hematology, the United States and Canadian Association of Pathology among other professional societies and serves on multiple national educational committees including the Education Committee for International Clinical Cytometry Society and the Hematopathology Committee for the College of American Pathologists.

Michael Arnold

How to Create a Podcast

Fellows will learn about recording audio, editing basics, and websites to host podcasts.

Michael Arnold is the Medical Director of Anatomic Pathology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. His work in digital communications has included creating short videos describing the handling of pediatric pathology specimens and creating the pediatric pathology module of He has co-developed The PathPod Podcast by editing audio and creating episode audio templates. He also co-hosts the IHC Talk and PathPod Quiz Show segments on PathPod.

Jerad Gardner

Building and Managing a Pathology YouTube Channel

Fellows will discuss the basics of recording, editing, and sharing pathology videos, as well as the basics of how to create and manage a YouTube channel.

Jerad Gardner is passionate about teaching pathology via YouTube and other social media. He is also passionate about teaching other pathologists how to do likewise.

Christina Arnold

Life Coaching in the Digital Space: How to Make Full Professor Fast By Working Less and Not Sacrificing You

Fellows will learn the secrets to feeling amazing without medication, spending money, or talking to a therapist. Once fellows learn how to create any feeling they want at any time, they can direct their energy to design their ideal life with unmatched motivation and clarity for massive action, negotiating like the boss, developing pure confidence, having the best sleep of their lives, and creating successes with less effort.

Christina Arnold found coaching after feeling completely broken and devastated by medicine. Today, she is living her dream life. She teaches physicians to coach themselves to full professor fast by working less and not sacrificing themselves and their families.


Application March 2021
Acceptance May 2021
Lessons July 2021–January 2022
Capstone Project January 2022–March 2022

Interested candidates apply here.

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