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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
02.21.2017
Assists the pathologist in the performance of dissection, dictation, preparation and evaluation of surgical and postmortem specimens for microscopic diagnosis. Employs thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology, clinical theory and technique...
06.21.2017
- Masters degree is required - Appropriate licensure is required VCU Health System's Speech Therapy is seeking an hourly (PRN) Speech Pathologist. The Speech Pathologist is an experienced therapist who is able to independently adapt...
06.21.2017
- Masters degree is required - Certification required per job description - Licensed (or eligible) as an Occupational Therapist in VA - Computer skills are required - Customer service skills are required - Excellent communication...
06.21.2017
- Masters degree is required - Appropriate licensure is required - Certification required per job description - Computer skills are required - Customer service skills are required - Excellent communication skills are required -...
06.21.2017
Under the combined supervision of the medical director and supervisor of the cutting room, the Pathologist Assistant assists in the gross description and dissection of all types of tissues sent to the surgical pathology laboratory for analysis,...
06.21.2017
The Speech Pathologist is responsible for the ethical, cost effective management, delivery, documentation, and outcomes of professional speech pathology services to agency patients, in accordance with an established physical plan of care and in...
05.02.2017
Master's degree is preferred Recent experience in the specialty area is required At the direction and under the supervision of a Pathologist (s), a Pathologists' Assistant may perform the following tasks and assume the responsibility for...
06.21.2017
Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
06.02.2017
Description Role Purpose: The Speech Therapist delivers quality therapy services upon physician referral by performing evaluations and developing individual treatment plans and goals to maximize functional outcomes. Implements the treatment...
06.21.2017
The Speech Pathologist evaluates and treats inpatient and out patient clients performing screenings, evaluations and modified barium swallows. The speech pathologist is responsible for documenting all age appropriate patient care approximately in...
04.13.2016
The Speech Language Pathologist evaluates patients regarding the application of a wide variety of therapeutic techniques for rehabilitation of speech, language, hearing and oral motor disorders Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in Speech...
06.21.2017
The Home Health Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), under the direction of the Rehab Director, is responsible for evaluating, planning, and implementing medically prescribed treatment for patients in the homecare setting. Responsible for assessing...
05.12.2017
The Speech Pathologist is responsible for assuring that the PNHS values of Head + Heart, Together, are achieved through daily departmental operations. This includes, but is not limited to, direct patient care, professional growth and development,...
06.20.2017
Mercy Hospital has an opening for a casual, day, 8 hour shift, Speech Language Pathologist. This person will evaluate all patients referred regarding language, communication or swallowing disorders. They will establish and provide treatment...
06.21.2017
The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) is responsible for the clinical aspects of the speech/language therapy services including accurate diagnosis of communication deficits; evaluation of communication, cognitive and swallowing functions; and...
  1. Pathologist Assistant Gastonia, NC CaroMont Health
    Assists the pathologist in the performance of dissection, dictation, preparation and evaluation of surgical and postmortem specimens for microscopic diagnosis. Employs thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology, clinical theory and technique...
  2. Speech Pathologist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Masters degree is required - Appropriate licensure is required VCU Health System's Speech Therapy is seeking an hourly (PRN) Speech Pathologist. The Speech Pathologist is an experienced therapist who is able to independently adapt...
  3. Speech Pathologist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Masters degree is required - Certification required per job description - Licensed (or eligible) as an Occupational Therapist in VA - Computer skills are required - Customer service skills are required - Excellent communication...
  4. Speech Pathologist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Masters degree is required - Appropriate licensure is required - Certification required per job description - Computer skills are required - Customer service skills are required - Excellent communication skills are required -...
  5. Pathologist Assistant Boston, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Under the combined supervision of the medical director and supervisor of the cutting room, the Pathologist Assistant assists in the gross description and dissection of all types of tissues sent to the surgical pathology laboratory for analysis,...
  6. Speech Pathologist Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Speech Pathologist is responsible for the ethical, cost effective management, delivery, documentation, and outcomes of professional speech pathology services to agency patients, in accordance with an established physical plan of care and in...
  7. Pathologist Assistant Boston, MA Tufts Medical Center
    Master's degree is preferred Recent experience in the specialty area is required At the direction and under the supervision of a Pathologist (s), a Pathologists' Assistant may perform the following tasks and assume the responsibility for...
  8. Speech Pathologist Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
  9. Speech Pathologist Oklahoma City, OK St. Anthony Hospital
    Description Role Purpose: The Speech Therapist delivers quality therapy services upon physician referral by performing evaluations and developing individual treatment plans and goals to maximize functional outcomes. Implements the treatment...
  10. Speech Language Pathologist Melrose, MA Hallmark Health System
    The Speech Pathologist evaluates and treats inpatient and out patient clients performing screenings, evaluations and modified barium swallows. The speech pathologist is responsible for documenting all age appropriate patient care approximately in...
  11. Speech Language Pathologist Hendersonville, NC Pardee Hospital
    The Speech Language Pathologist evaluates patients regarding the application of a wide variety of therapeutic techniques for rehabilitation of speech, language, hearing and oral motor disorders Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in Speech...
  12. Home Health Speech Pathologist Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    The Home Health Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), under the direction of the Rehab Director, is responsible for evaluating, planning, and implementing medically prescribed treatment for patients in the homecare setting. Responsible for assessing...
  13. Pathologist, Speech and Language St. Louis Park, MN Park Nicollet Health Services
    The Speech Pathologist is responsible for assuring that the PNHS values of Head + Heart, Together, are achieved through daily departmental operations. This includes, but is not limited to, direct patient care, professional growth and development,...
  14. Casual - Speech Language Pathologist Moose Lake, MN Mercy Hospital - Moose Lake
    Mercy Hospital has an opening for a casual, day, 8 hour shift, Speech Language Pathologist. This person will evaluate all patients referred regarding language, communication or swallowing disorders. They will establish and provide treatment...
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