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Job Description

 

A pathologist is a problem-solver who is typically fascinated by the disease process and is eager to unravel medical mysteries, such as cancer, diabetes and AIDS.

A pathologist is a physician who is trained in examining tissues, checking the accuracy of laboratory tests and interpreting the results of lab tests in order to pinpoint a patient’s diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

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Responsibilities

 

Pathologists use the sophisticated tools and methods used in modern laboratory science.

The expertise of a pathologist is needed to accurately interpret the thousands of blood and body fluid tests done in today’s rapidly advancing biomedical science labs.

The practice of medicine has been revolutionized by the rapid expansion of genomic research and testing.

The pathologist provides an essential service in today’s evolving health care environment by guiding clinicians in the quest for an appropriate diagnostic test for patients.

A pathologist will work closely with the other doctors in the patient’s health care team, and is a vital member of the patient’s primary health care team.

Pathologists may work in a wide range of positions in a medical laboratory, including working as lab director.

Areas in which pathologists may specialize include:

Clinical pathology

  • This pathologist oversees lab testing conducted on body fluids. They will work together with clinical lab technologists to make certain that blood and blood products are safe for patient use. The pathologist may identify microorganisms that can cause infections, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. This allows the physician to select the most effective treatment available for a particular patient.

Anatomic pathology

  • This pathologist assists the surgeon during an operation by providing an immediate diagnosis based on biopsy samples. A biopsy is a specially treated tissue sample that is removed in surgery and rushed immediately to the lab.

Forensic pathology

  • This pathologist uses the principles of laboratory science to answer questions about evidence collected in criminal or civil legal cases.

Other pathologists may devote their careers to researching the field of pathology. These pathologists develop new testing and new instruments to increase the accuracy of diagnostic testing.

A pathologist will often teach their specialty field to medical students and others preparing for various laboratory professions.

These areas of practice may include clinical laboratory technology and cytotechnology, among others.

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Skills

 

Science Must have a detailed knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology and all medical sciences. Understand natural processes and be able to use your knowledge to solve problems.
Pathology Must understand the nature, cause, development, and clinical management of diseases in people. Know how they respond in people and changes caused by diseases.

Attention to Detail

Must be thorough, accurate and pay close attention to your work and cause and effect relationships.

Communication

Must be able to effectively convey information and work with your peers to solve problems.

Enjoy Challenges

Must love to take on challenges since you will be tasked with solving some difficult medical mysteries and be on the cutting edge of curing and researching disease.

Critical Thinking

Need to think critically and in-depth with all situations. Must look past known solutions and into alternative areas. Possibly over-analyze, so you can develop new practices and see solutions others don't.

Autonomous and Comfortable Making Decisions

Must be able to make tough calls and have the confidence to stick by your decisions. Self-motivated and works well alone-- or on your own volition.

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Working Conditions

 

The United States is home to more than 15,000 board-certified Pathologists. These pathologists may practice their chosen specialty in the following locales:

  • Hospitals, including community facilities, teaching universities and government hospitals

  • Independent laboratories

  • Private office practices

  • Clinics

  • Other health care facilities

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
02.23.2018
- Masters degree is required VCU Health System's Speech Therapy Outpatient department is seeking a full time Speech Pathologist. The Speech Pathologist is an experienced therapist who is able to independently adapt intervention to meet...
02.23.2018
VCU Health System - Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Stafford, VA, Therapy Center is seeking a PRN (hourly) Speech Pathologist. The Speech Pathologist is a mid level to advanced level of practice, particularly as it relates to a hospital...
02.23.2018
VCU Health System-Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Brook Road Campus - Speech Therapy, Feeding Program - is seeking a full time Speech Pathologist. The Speech Pathologist is a novice to an advanced beginner level of practice, particularly...
02.23.2018
The Speech Language Pathologist evaluates patients communication, cognition, and swallowing abilities. The Speech Language Pathologist provides goal directed, activity oriented treatment to promote optimum independence in functional communication...
02.23.2018
VCU Health System-Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Brook Road Campus - Fredericksburg Therapy Center is seeking a full time Speech Pathologist. The Speech Pathologist is a novice to an advanced beginner level of practice, particularly as...
02.23.2018
The Speech Language Pathologist is responsible for planning and implementing comprehensive speech, language and communication therapy programs, setting goals and objectives, coordinating in-service training programs for Allied Health personnel on...
02.23.2018
The Pathologist Assistant performs both autopsy/postmortem examination, and surgical specimen grossing; prepares tissue samples and take photographs, dissect specimens, records physical features, and obtains cultures following established...
02.14.2018
We are seeking a talented and dynamic Speech-Language Pathologist to join our diverse pediatric practice. The successful candidate will be responsible for evaluation and treatment of communication in patients 0-18 years. Children seen in our...
02.23.2018
- Bachelors degree is required VCU Health System's Anatomic Pathology Core Lab is seeking a full time Pathologist Assistant to provide service as a Pathologists' Assistant (PA) to the Department of Anatomic Pathology. Performs as a PA to the...
02.23.2018
The Speech Language Pathologist is responsible for providing diagnostic, habilitative/rehabilitative, consultative and counseling services to individuals with communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders. The patient population consists of...
01.05.2018
The Speech Language Pathologist diagnoses speech, language, communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders. Provides therapy, counseling and education as needed.
02.23.2018
Under general supervision, the speech language pathologist will assess and treat individuals with a variety of communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders. Major Duties: Meets organizational expectations as defined by the Employee...
12.09.2017
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12.22.2017
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01.05.2018
The Division of Anatomic Pathology within the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is actively recruiting a mid-career or senior gastrointestinal and liver pathologist with demonstrated...
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    - Masters degree is required VCU Health System's Speech Therapy Outpatient department is seeking a full time Speech Pathologist. The Speech Pathologist is an experienced therapist who is able to independently adapt intervention to meet...
  2. Speech Pathologist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System - Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Stafford, VA, Therapy Center is seeking a PRN (hourly) Speech Pathologist. The Speech Pathologist is a mid level to advanced level of practice, particularly as it relates to a hospital...
  3. Speech Pathologist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
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  4. Speech Pathologist- Outpatient Portland, ME MaineHealth
    The Speech Language Pathologist evaluates patients communication, cognition, and swallowing abilities. The Speech Language Pathologist provides goal directed, activity oriented treatment to promote optimum independence in functional communication...
  5. Speech Pathologist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
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  6. Speech Language Pathologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
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  10. Speech Language Pathologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
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  14. Speech Pathologist Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
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