Forensic Pathology Fellowship

Program Description

Prepare for a lifetime career in the field of Forensic Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina in beautiful Charleston, consistently ranked as one of the best cities in America. The ACGME accredited one-year fellowship is offered to one applicant each academic year and is located within a large, 750 bed academic medical center where extensive pathology specialist consultants and laboratory resources are available. Trainees are responsible, under direct supervision, for performing autopsies and external examinations (200 - 250), including microscopic evaluation of tissues and interpretation of toxicology and other ancillary studies, when appropriate. Scene investigations are performed locally and in nearby counties. Approximately 1500-1600 autopsies, including a large percentage of homicides, are performed in a modern autopsy facility with highly experienced autopsy technicians. The cases are varied as they come from across the state, including urban and rural counties, both on the coast and inland. Trainees have the opportunity to assist in teaching police, coroners, lawyers, medical students, and residents and are expected to participate in weekly educational conferences. The fellow will also gain medicolegal experience through time spent in the courtroom, pre-trial meetings, and mock court.  Time and funding are provided for study of forensic application of anthropology, toxicology, crime scene, odontology, DNA/serology, and ballistics at nearby state or national centers.  Candidates must have completed an ACGME accredited AP or AP/CP residency and must be eligible to hold a medical license in South Carolina.

Salary is set by University guidelines as PGY5 level. Benefits include: educational expense fund; three weeks’ vacation; educational leave; private office space; use of a laptop computer and microscope.


MUSC participates in the NRMP-sponsored fellowship match for forensic pathology. Candidates must have completed an ACGME accredited AP or AP/CP residency and must be eligible to hold a medical license in South Carolina by the beginning of the fellowship. Applications should be received by January 1st of the year preceding the year of the fellowship (18 months prior to the beginning of the fellowship). The majority of interviews will then be conducted in February and March, preceding the Match in early May.  In addition to the standard fellowship application below, candidates should submit three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and copies of their USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts. Please let us know if you have any questions about our program or the application process.

The applications for fellowship programs can be downloaded below.

Application in MS Word Format (DOC)

Application in Adobe PDF Format (PDF)

Please remit the application to:

Nicholas I. Batalis, M.D.
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
171 Ashley Avenue, MSC 908
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: 843-792-3121
Fax: 843-792-0555


Nicholas I Batalis, M.D.

Thomas Beaver, M.D.

Chad Butler, M.D.

Angelina Phillips, M.D.

Susan E. Presnell, M.D.

Virgina Richards, M.D.

Ellen C. Riemer, M.D., JD

Cynthia A. Welsh, M.D.