The Case for a Universal Clerkship
Regardless of specialty, no doctor’s medical education is complete without pathology training
Austin McHenry and Kamran Mirza |
As a physician, do you routinely rely on a tissue diagnosis to guide treatment? Do you consistently contemplate whether a deeper level of testing – perhaps molecular, genetic, or cytogenetic – would be a good use of healthcare dollars? Do you know who can help you make this call?
Maybe your specific subspecialty doesn’t always demand it. But let me pose a slightly different question: Does a typical physician, during the course of their career, need to order and interpret a laboratory test to guide therapy? Do they wonder about whether they need a complete blood count (CBC) with differential, the CBC alone, or just the hemoglobin and hematocrit (H&H)? Do they care about proper test utilization? Is this part of their job?
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