Pathologists’ job is to determine the cause of death and disease in patients. To do this pathologists are required to collect and test body tissue. They also perform autopsies to determine the cause of death. After determining the cause pathologists may advise doctors on treatment. Other pathologists may also use their time to conduct medical research. There are a different kinds of pathologists. There are anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathologists. Pathologists may also work with law enforcement by identifying the cause of death in a murder or possible suicide.
Pathologists normally work in either a hospital or lab. Pathologists in labs conduct research, while pathologists in hospitals determine problems with patients.
Being a pathologist requires a lot of education. It requires 4 years of both undergrad and medical college. Afterwards comes 3-8 years of residency training. Training will be for both clinical and anatomic pathology. During residency you will be on all call every third day. That means that you could be called in at any moment.
Since pathologists are doctors they need a medical license and certificate.
Pathologists like other types of doctors make quite a bit of money. They can also have long erratic hours.
The cost of education for pathologists is high, but as stated earlier they make more than the average job.
A pathologist has a number of careers that he or she could change to. Since pathologists are doctors most of those careers are medical. Pathologists can also become supervisors in hospitals.
Pathology<br />Steven Knudtson<br />
Duties<br />Collect test samples<br />Test samples<br />Autopsy<br />Determine cause of death/disease<br />Research <br />Clinical, Anatomic, and Forensic<br />
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