|What does a Pathologist do?
Pathologists are the doctors that specialize
in the “Testing and Diagnosis”. They are physicians (M.D. or D.O.)
that have had 4-5 years of residency training in all aspects of
“The Lab” following 4 years of medical school.
Pathology training encompasses microscopy, chemistry, hematology,
blood and tissue banking, microbiology, parasitology, virology,
forensic medicine…the list goes on to include everything you can
think of when it comes to medical testing. Many pathologists now
sub-specialize just like internists or surgeons to focus their practice
on specific organ systems, such as the skin or nervous system for
example, and get additional training and certification in these
Independent medical laboratories and hospitals usually have a pathologist
to provide professional leadership as well as ensure quality performance
interconnectivity with the medical staff. Without a well-run laboratory
today would be unable to practice modern medicine.