I've never worked in a pathology lab or with a group of pathologists. The only information I've recieved concerning path is by talking with others, reading this forum, looking at path department websites, match lists, etc. But i have a few questions that I'm sure some of the regulars on this forum who have hands on experience in pathology can provide the answer to: 1) I know that some of surgical path involves tissues being cut thin enough to put under the scope and make a diagnosis, but I'm wondering what 'grossing' actually means for most of surgical path. For example, when the surgeon removes tissue from the patient for analysis by the pathologist, what does the pathologist do in the way of grossing? Dissect it into smaller peices? 2) Are bone marrow biopsies a difficult procedure to learn? Do most residents get a lot of experience with these in every program? 3) From this path forums I've seen sarcastic comments from many people regarding the way CP training at some institutions is set up(not taken seriously, really easy hours, not all that important, etc). But if surgical path, autopsy path, cytopath, etc make up AP, isn't CP 50% of the training at most combined programs? Or do some programs focus more heavily on surgical path than CP? 4) When pathologists talk about specimen volume, on average how long does it take to do say 10 different specimens assuming that there are a few of each type(GI, derm, etc)? Including everything(grossing, dictation, etc) 5) I'm starting medical school in august and I know I would probably want to stay in the southeast. In terms of reputation and what people have heard, how are the path residency programs at Duke, UAB, Vanderbilt, and Emory? What are some university programs in the southeast that are highly regarded in path? Thanks.