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February 2021 Issue of The Pathologist

In‌ ‌February’s‌ ‌issue‌ ‌of‌ ‌The‌ ‌Pathologist,‌ ‌two‌ ‌pathologists‌ ‌discuss‌ ‌how‌ ‌practices‌ ‌differ‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌East‌ ‌and‌ the‌ ‌West.‌ ‌What‌ ‌does‌ ‌the‌ ‌average‌ ‌workday‌ ‌look‌ ‌like‌ ‌in‌ ‌India‌ ‌and‌ ‌in‌ ‌North‌ ‌America?‌ ‌How‌ ‌do‌ ‌training‌ ‌programs‌ ‌differ?‌ ‌And,‌ ‌most‌ ‌importantly,‌ ‌what‌ ‌can‌ ‌the‌ ‌two‌ ‌regions‌ ‌learn‌ ‌from‌ ‌each‌ ‌other?‌ ‌Also‌ ‌in‌ ‌this‌ ‌issue:‌ ‌the‌ ‌key‌ ‌questions‌ ‌to‌ ‌ask‌ ‌yourself‌ ‌about‌ ‌sigma‌ ‌metrics‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌lab,‌ ‌the‌ ‌wonderful‌ ‌world‌ ‌of‌ ‌#PathTwitter‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌ ‌it‌ ‌can‌ ‌help‌ ‌prospective‌ ‌pathology‌ ‌residents,‌ ‌and‌ ‌beating‌ ‌burnout‌ ‌in‌ ‌medical‌ ‌school‌ ‌(and‌ ‌beyond).‌ ‌We‌ ‌sit‌ ‌down‌ ‌with‌ ‌Dame‌ ‌Sue‌ ‌Black,‌ ‌President‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Royal‌ ‌Anthropological‌ ‌Institute‌ ‌and‌ ‌Pro-Vice-Chancellor‌ ‌for‌ ‌Engagement‌ ‌at‌ ‌Lancaster‌ ‌University,‌ ‌UK.‌

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Articles featured in this issue

Outside the Lab Profession

2021: A New World

| Michael Schubert

Pandemics, diagnostics, vaccines – a “normal” no one could have predicted this time last year

Diagnostics Microscopy and imaging

Breathe In, Breathe Out

| Liv Gaskill

NASA’s prototype breath analyzer opens up new opportunities for health monitoring in space

Inside the Lab Guidelines and recommendations

Discarded Kidney Donations

| Liv Gaskill

Allocation kidney biopsies cause many transplant donations to be discarded every year – but are they valuable predictors of survival?

Subspecialties COVID-19

CRISPR-Based Testing for COVID-19

| Liv Gaskill

CRISPR-based smartphone test detects COVID-19 in under 30 minutes

Diagnostics Point of care testing

Point-of-Care Testing with Silicon Lab-on-a-Chip

| Liv Gaskill

Silicon micro laboratory performs point-of-care testing for bacterial infection

Diagnostics Histology

Case of the Month

Case of the Month is back for 2021! A 56-year-old female presented with generalized lymphadenopathy – but what is the most likely cause?

Diagnostics Omics

Digitally Unleashing Your Molecular Superpowers

| Nick Lench

Digital tools can augment pathologists’ molecular medicine powers so they can diagnose and treat more patients

Diagnostics Liquid biopsy

A Circulating Solution?

| Keith Cannon, Prabha Nagarajan

With better assays comes the need for better controls – are liquid biopsies and cell line-derived controls a match made in heaven?

Outside the Lab COVID-19

After the Virus: Pathology in a Post-COVID-19 World

| E. Blair Holladay

As vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 become increasingly available, we must ask ourselves what’s next for pathology and laboratory medicine

Subspecialties Oncology

Biomarker Tests for Precision Oncology: DIY or Pay-for-Service?

| Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Cancer patient management of is increasingly driven by biomarker assays – but how should we manage the assays?

Outside the Lab Profession

Pathology in the East and the West

| Michael Schubert

Two pathologists who have practiced internationally explore the differences – and the similarities – between distant regions

Inside the Lab Quality assurance and quality control

The Fantastic Four: Quality Control Questions for the Clinical Lab

| Satish Ramanathan

What do you know about sigma metrics and their value and applications in the clinical laboratory?

Inside the Lab Software and hardware

Algorithmic Assistance

| Chaith Kondragunta

By working with each other – and with carefully designed algorithms – we can improve patient outcomes

Inside the Lab Precision medicine

Preventive Genomics Clinics: The Future of Precision Medicine?

| Luke Turner

We explore the preventive genomics clinics at two Boston healthcare systems to learn whether they could be the future of precision medicine

Outside the Lab Training and education

Burnout: The Other Epidemic

| Ritcha Saxena

Medical student burnout is an age-old problem exacerbated by the pandemic – and students need better tools to protect their health and wellbeing

Outside the Lab Profession

So Much for “Antisocial”

| Emily Towery, Philip Hurst, Matthew Luo, Brett Kurpiel, Kamran Mirza

Pathology is a social discipline – and with the rise in social media has come a change in the landscape of education, community… and residency matchin

Outside the Lab Profession

A Voice for the Dead: The Forensic Anthropologist

| Liv Gaskill

We sit down with Dame Sue Black to discuss her inspiring career in forensic anthropology

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