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Discussion in 'Pathology' started by stickydick, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. stickydick

    stickydick New Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Curious. Just matched in Path at my #1 spot and am very happy about it.

    Have received nothing but commiserations (!) from friends who are already docs, saying it is a 'one way street.' (Not to mention the whole job market thing, seen in many other threads!)

    Can't emphasize this enough, I am very very happy to be in path. However, is this true? Can a pathologist ever return to clinical medicine? After 1-2 years in residency? 5 years post residency? 15? Anyone ever heard of someone doing this?


    PS How annoying is you would ever do that to someone who was getting married? 'Oh, dude, she's a skank. Get out of that.'
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  3. anencephalic

    anencephalic Brainless User Physician 7+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2004
    7th Circle of Hell
    If you're truly happy being in path, it really shouldn't matter what anyone else thinks.

    My 2 pesos, for what it's worth...
  4. stickydick

    stickydick New Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    I know, I know, I couldn't agree more.

    My point is, however, is it possible to switch? Anyone know of actual examples?
  5. danaphosaurus

    danaphosaurus 2+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2006
    They're just jealous of your great future
  6. djmd

    djmd an Antediluvian 7+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    Yes, yes, it is possible, after one year or more. Yes, you will be in world of hurt as you would have to relearn clinical medicine that is even now escaping from your brain...
  7. Circumflex

    Circumflex Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2006
    I met an ER attending who was formerly a pathologist. I imagine that it would be difficult, but you can always do another residency in something else.
  8. triguy

    triguy Use the Force 2+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    I know an OB-GYN that was a pathologist before switching. I also know a surgeon that switched over to path. These are both people that went through the entire residency experience and found that their job isn't what they thought it would be. Hopefully if you don't like it you would make the switch early (although path does get more fun the more you know). I can understand going from surgery to path, but the other way around? Crazy.
  9. sleeping beauty

    sleeping beauty 5+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2007
    is it hard to transfer from one path program to another path program?
  10. djmd

    djmd an Antediluvian 7+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    That is harder than to come into pathology from something else.
    You have to find a program that has a vacancy. And then you need them to accept you...
  11. FrozenBob

    FrozenBob TK421

    Apr 2, 2007
    i know of one resident who switched out of path in the first few months of the resident to family practice. later i found out that the person even switched out of that.

    i know of examples of people who have completed other residencies and then switched to path but never the other way.
    path is awesome.:banana:
  12. stickydick

    stickydick New Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Thanks for the positive feedback folks. I sincerely appreciate it, especially after the 'congratulations' from my 'friends.' Personally, I can't wait to start residency and am nothing but excited about it; however, at the same time, if a complete and utter calamity should befall me, at least I have options.

    Appreciate it, once again,

  13. sequela

    sequela Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 4, 2006
    i know two people who switched from path to psych within their first two years of pathology residency.
  14. Villin

    Villin 10+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    i'm sure i'm in the minority, but do people really think psychiatry requires that much intelligence? man, i feel sorry for those two.

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