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Would histopathology suit me?
- Able to work both alone and as part of a team
- Able to organise yourself and your work pattern
- Able to make critical decisions on a regular and recurring basis
Do you have?
- Excellent problem solving activities
- Good visual pattern recognition and processing ability
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Enthusiasm for teaching
Then Histopathology is the specialty for you.
"I don't like the idea of doing an autopsy ...!"
Autopsy is a small but important component of the work of a histopathologist, establishing the cause of sudden or unexpected death. It also provides a valuable audit of clinical practice by monitoring disease progression or response to treatment. Some young doctors are unwilling to enter histopathology because of the prospect of performing autopsy examinations. Do not let the prospect of post-mortem examinations dissuade you from a career as a Histopathologist.
On the other hand, if you are attracted to pathology because of the forensic aspects of the work, you should begin your career as a conventional histopathology trainee, specialising in forensic pathology towards the end of your training.