Life of a pathologist?

Discussion in 'Pathology' started by DarkProtonics, Oct 18, 2008.

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  1. DarkProtonics

    DarkProtonics Banned

    Sep 29, 2008
    Long Beach ,CA
    What's the life of a general pathologist? How many slides do they read in an average work day, and how much do they collect from each slide, $35/slide, 30 slides/day? How long does it take for the pathologist to read a slide, on average?

    How would a myocardial biopsy that an interventional cardiologist took from the right ventricle to be examined for ARVD be prepared and interpreted?

    Do surgical pathologists get paid more, since there's more work for them?

    Would it be advantageous to start a group practice that includes a general internist, a general surgeon, a general pathologist, and a general diagnostic radiologist, b/c then you can save on costs?
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2008
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  3. Gyric

    Gyric Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2005
    The time to read a slide varies and is influenced by case complexity, amount of clinical information provided, and pathologist experience/skill.

    The same as if it had been taken from the left ventricle.

    More than some less than others

    Are you serious?
  4. DarkProtonics

    DarkProtonics Banned

    Sep 29, 2008
    Long Beach ,CA
    Some of your answers didn't answer anything.
  5. bananamed

    bananamed 2+ Year Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Presumably because your questions didn't ask anything.

    Stop tippytoeing and just ask what you came to ask.

    "'s the money like? What's the lifestyle like?"
  6. btlwhulka

    btlwhulka Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2003
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  7. yaah

    yaah Boring SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

    My friend, you ask a whole lot of very strange and seemingly unrelated questions on these forums. I have no idea what you are doing with all of this information or why you want such specific answers, but you're going to have to realize pretty soon that many things in medicine are quite variable.
  8. DarkProtonics

    DarkProtonics Banned

    Sep 29, 2008
    Long Beach ,CA
    I'd usually ask these questions to my RL physician friend, but he's on vacation now.
  9. LADoc00

    LADoc00 There is no substitute for victory. 10+ Year Member

    Sep 9, 2004

    You are heading towards Fail, turn back now.
  10. Unty

    Unty New Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2005
    You're in the wrong forum bro. If you want the mad loot go into cosmetic plastic surgery or derm and market yourself as the baddest doc around.
  11. DarkProtonics

    DarkProtonics Banned

    Sep 29, 2008
    Long Beach ,CA
    I never said I was interested in the money...I was just asking a question.
  12. maybepsych

    maybepsych 2+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    I am also curious as to how long it takes a pathologist to read slides and how many they usually do in a day. I do see how this would be hugely person/case dependent though.

    Guess I will have to do an elective to find out.
  13. mcfaddens

    mcfaddens Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    Best post by a medical student 2008!
  14. KeratinPearls

    KeratinPearls 10+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Really depends on the case. If you are only reading biopsies, you can probably read a slide in a few minutes. Some cases in less than 30 seconds. Also, depends on how good and efficient you are as well.

    I've seen dermpaths read 120 cases a day. I'm sure some can crank out more.

    I've also seen pathologists who were hooked up to Redbull IV infusion pumps while they read slides.

    For me, I envision myself as the Dr. 90210 of pathology, pumpin' iron while reading slides.
  15. Arctic Char

    Arctic Char 10+ Year Member

    Sep 23, 2005
    not fishing . . .
    it also depends heavily on the tissue of interest. if you are looking at skin biopsies, as was mentioned, it can be much faster. if you are doing a brain autopsy case, one case may have anywhere from 4 - 15 slides, not to mention special stains that come in days later after you order them. so, short answer: it is as variable as the length of time required for different surgical procedures, so its not even really worth comparing.
  16. listeriaismfb

    listeriaismfb sleep deprived 2+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2008
    Bikini Bottom
    Experience dictates how long it takes to look at a slide, and how long your days are. In a recent paper (Archives?) they studied what a medical student, resident, and attending pathologist looked at on the same slide. They compared the average time spent as well as which fields were examined. That study explained why as a medical student I stared at a normal GI biopsy for 20 minutes, and why as a resident some of the early days were 14 hours long. You have to walk before you can run.

    Forget about the money, lifestyle and everything else.

    Only do pathology if it is what you enjoy, I would urge people to stay away otherwise. If you come to this for the wrong reasons you will be a miserable tool, and probably not very good with the glass.
  17. maybepsych

    maybepsych 2+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    Thanks for the info.

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