Spotlight on Specialties

  • Autopsies and microscopes. These images might come to mind when you think of pathology. But pathology is more than its stereotypes; it is a specialty with diversity and nuance extremely important for diagnosing disease and patient care. The practice of pathology is primarily concerned with uncovering and identifying the disease process happening within a patient’s body, whether living or deceased. Using microscopic, molecular-level laboratory tests combined with the gross examination of cells, bodily tissues, or fluids collected through surgery or procedures, pathologists must synthesize all the data collected to diagnose, rule out, or monitor disease. Roughly divided into two main areas — anatomic pathology and clinical pathology — many options exist for subspecialization: chemical pathology, cytopathology, forensic pathology, hematology, medical microbiology, neuropathology, pediatric pathology, selective pathology, and transfusion medicine.

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