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Outside the Lab Profession, Training and education

Is It Good to Talk?

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.

Fedra Pavlou

Editor

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Fedra Pavlou

After graduating with a pharmacology degree, I began my career in scientific publishing and communications. Now with more than 16 years of experience in this field, my career has seen me heading up editorial and writing teams at Datamonitor, Advanstar and KnowledgePoint360 group. My past experiences have taught me something very important – that you have to enjoy working with, and have respect for your colleagues. It’s this that drew me to Texere where I now work with old colleagues and new. Though we are a hugely diverse team, we share several things in common – a real desire to work hard to succeed, to be the best at what we do, never to settle for second best, and to have fun while we do it. I am now honored to serve as Editor of The Pathologist and Editorial Director of Texere Publishing.

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