Since, as everyone I talk to points out to me, all pathologists do is cut up dead people, I thought we needed a new thread about this. I mean, the attractions to the field are: 1) Being able to work with dead people, 2) Dreading the thought of treating a living patient 3) Getting a big knife, sharpening it, and extracting organs, and 4) Not having to worry about sterile technique, compassion, the physical exam, and communicating with anyone. Dead people are great because they don't ignore your advice, and they don't argue. Thus, since one of my goals in life is to have a career where I can not only play with sharp knives without fear of retribution, I settled on pathology as my life's work. It happens to be a bonus that I can have a career where I can spend every hour of my job in a windowless, smelly, cold, metal room where my only companions are hardy roaches, crazy autopsy technicians, and of course dead people (or, as many like to call them, my patients). And by the way, what about all that other stuff pathologists have to know about? Some people told me there was something to do with biopsies? Frozen sectionals or something like that? And I am pretty sure pathologists have to know something about hospital labs, but maybe that's a separate training program. Anyway, I am sure they will teach me what I need to know about biopsies in between my autopsy duties which should take up the majority of my 4 year residency. At least it will prepare me for my future career as a crime-scene investigator which, along with working with dead people is my ultimate goal. I hope you all know I am being sarcastic. I spent a lot of today at my ACLS training session continuing to explain that the relevance of ACLS to pathology does not begin and end with a person waking up in the morgue fridge. No one should take this to mean I have no compassion or caring. Just an odd sense of humor. Seriously, though, we need a thread about dead people. What do you think. Clearly this should be our most popular thread.