Clinical Chemistry Fellowship

Program Description

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), located in Charleston, is a 700-bed hospital, with a nationally recognized children's hospital. The medical center also includes the NCI-designated Hollings Cancer Center, a Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, South Carolina’s only transplant center and over 100 outreach locations. The Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at MUSC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry. The program is divided into two phases: clinical and practical/research phase. During the clinical phase (12 months), the fellows will rotate through various Clinical Pathology laboratories, including general clinical chemistry and special chemistry laboratories, laboratory management, molecular pathology, immunology, and hematology laboratories. During this time the trainees will also be provided various didactic sessions in order to develop their medical knowledge and may be assigned a shorter, case-based or quality improvement project. The rotations are between 1 and 4 weeks, depending on the specific lab area. During practical/research phase, the fellow serves as an acting clinical laboratory director and works closely with the attending to resolve any clinical problems and provide appropriate clinical consults. In addition, the fellow is expected to complete a clinical or translational research project.


All applicants should have earned a doctoral degree (Ph.D. and/or M.D., D.O.) from an accredited university. Individuals with doctoral degrees in Chemistry-related fields or Medicine are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should have successfully completed 30 semester hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level biochemistry or chemistry courses. Applicants with education obtained at institutions outside the U.S. or Canada must, at their expense, have their credentials evaluated by the International Education Research Foundation, Inc., or acceptable equivalent. Applicants should have strong interests in laboratory medicine and research. Excellent communication and personal-interaction skills are required.


July ever ODD year (e.g. 2023, 2025, etc)


September 1, for fellows applying for a start date of July the following year.

Formal interviews begin September 1 (short informal discussions e.g. via phone or at ADLM meeting may be conducted).

Offers will be extended on or after October 1. 

Candidates will be given a window of at least 2 weeks to consider the offer.

Program Duration

2 Years


Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to:

Nikolina Babic, Ph.D., DABCC
Director of Clinical Chemistry & Toxicology
Medical University of South Carolina
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
171 Ashley Avenue, MSC 908
Charleston, SC 29425-9080