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Coping with sudden infant deaths, postmortem examinations, and grieving parents takes a certain type of person, but it's a highly rewarding and friendly specialty, says Irene Scheimberg.
Hearing the reasons why a particular physician chose his or her field can shed light on different aspects of the decision as well as validate the thoughts of the medical student on the specialty in question. With this in mind, I offer some information about pathology followed by my testimony as to why I chose pathology with the hopes that it will help medical students considering pathology in their decisions.
In contrast to the popular image of the television show Quincy, we usually do not run around the city, solving murder mysteries, although it would be interesting! Most pathologists work in hospital laboratories or in outpatient reference laboratories.
Pathology, my chosen profession, is not what people think it is - you know, autopsies, riding around on motorcycles solving crimes, glamour...
The main branches of pathology are clinical pathology, anatomical pathology or a combination of the two, referred to as general pathology.