Leading the Pack
Sitting down with… Jim Lanier, Retired Pathologist of 33 years at Providence Hospital, Anchorage, USA
Luke Turner | | Interview
How did you first get into pathology?
I did not consider pathology at all while in medical school. But, by the late 1960s, after gaining some general practice experience in the US Public Health Service in Alaska, I realized that caring for sick and terminally ill patients was not for me. I enjoyed basic science and I figured pathology would be more of the same. In 1969, I began a pathology residency at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Even then I had doubts about whether I had made the right choice – and it wasn’t until 1974, when I started working as a pathologist at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, that I finally felt comfortable and confident at the microscope.
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