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Outside the Lab Training and education, Profession

Yes, You Can Be a Pathologist!

Throughout my career, I’ve been very involved in pathology education. Serendipity played a major role in that involvement. Throughout graduate school and in the first couple of years of medical school, I dabbled here and there – from teaching Mendelian genetics to fourth-graders in Manhattan to TAing microbiology for first-year med students. It was fun, but not something I saw as a major path forward.

However, as I entered my pathology residency, my mentors, Ramzi Cotran and Fred Schoen, were ardent believers in the role of pathology (and pathologists) in medical education. Both were heavily involved in the writing and editing of the Pathologic Basis of Disease and Basic Pathology textbooks, and I was invited to contribute to a couple of chapters, eventually serving as editor on one edition of Basic Pathology and shepherding the Pocket Companion through several iterations.

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Rick Mitchell

Lawrence J. Henderson Professor of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

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