Šikl´s Department of Pathology has received accreditation awarded by the European Socienty of Pathology as ESP Advanced Training Centre „Giordano Fellowship“ in November 2015 (Program director: Prof. Ondrej Hes, MD, PhD).

ESP Certification for Sikl Department of Pathology

Certification ESP as Advanced Training Center „Giordano Fellowship“.

Dpt Pathology University Hospital Plzen NASKL RKL/0509/815

Routine light microscopy, histochemistry and immunohistochemistry

All routine and histochemical stain methods and over 200 primary polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies are used. (see Fig.1). All trainees are provided with his/her own microscope for the whole duration of the stay. The detailed list of immunohistochemical antibodies is available at


Ondrej Hes is in charge of immunofluorescence, however it is routinely used for medical and transplant kidney diagnostics only.

Electron microscopy

A Phillips electron microscope is located in the University Hospital (see Fig.2).

Molecular biology unit

Molecular biology unit is located in private facility (Biopticka laborator sro) to which traineers have full access. Molecular biology services are an integral part of both routine work and research and are provided by 9 molecular biologists and 5 technicians performing FISH, PCR, RT-PCR, sequencing (including NGS -next generation sequencing) and fragment analysis for the detection of chromosomal translocations, losses and gains, determination of clonality, analysis of loss of heterozygosity and detection of germline and somatic mutations or the presence of a particular infection. The detailed list of molecular biology services is available at (see Fig.3).

GU slide collections

Selected cases are available at present for self-study. For each case, a basic clinical information, basic immunoprofile, and molecular genetic data (when needed) are provided. Also copy of a reference article or correspondent part of a textbook is provided. Additionally, trainees have access to the private slide collections of Drs Ondrej Hes and Michal Michal. (see Fig.4 and Fig.5).

Multihead microscopes

In Dpt of Pathology in University Hospital, 5-place multihead microscope is available, Bioptická laboratoř possesses a 31-place multihead microscope (see Fig.6).


Our library (see Fig.7) contains all the principal GU pathology, surgical pathology and general medicine text books and journals. In addition to the hard copies, many journals can be accessed online. Additionally, there is a collection of more than 50 000 reprints, and by using the corresponding database particular articles can easily be found, and there is usually no problem in ordering a particular article via the University library for the remaining journals.


The private laboratory possesses 2 furnished two-bed room apartments and one single room apartment for visiting doctors which can be used by the trainees staying in our Training Center. Availability should be discussed in advance.


Pilsen is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic with 200 000 inhabitants, including the students of two universities, both of which are located in the city. Pilsen is situated 90 km south-west of Prague and 60 km from the German border and easily accessible by all means of transport (see Fig.8).

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    Phillips electron microscope

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    Molecular biology unit (PCR cyclers)

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    Slides collection

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    Slides collection

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    31-place multihead microscope

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