Is It Good to Talk?
Pathologists are encouraged to speak up and be counted, but it’s not always that easy…
Fedra Pavlou |
We speak a lot about public awareness of pathology (or lack thereof) in The Pathologist; how those in the lab need to stick their head above the parapet and talk more about the fantastic work they do. How they need to take every opportunity to educate medical students in this ever-evolving scientific discipline. How regular communication with other medical professions is imperative to optimizing patient outcomes. This might sound easy to most, but for those in the field, you know that it isn’t. Not only is the profession challenged by changing medical school curricula that seem intent on deprioritizing pathology (check out this month’s Profession article for some tips on how to address this, by the way), but in many, if not most, countries, pathologists are actively discouraged from communicating directly with others – in particular, patients. And this latter point is a highly contentious one.
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