Spoke with a pathologist today who showed a very gloomy picture of path's future. He seems to think that "assembly-line" type jobs are becoming more and more common, and warned me about going into pathology. Is path doomed to become a bunch of large companies with an industrial mentality? That is, is it enevitable that the majority of pathologist jobs will become all about production--how many slides can you get through in X amount of time? He also warned of groups forcing people to see a vary narrow scope of practice while making a minimal salary and watching the "partners" rake in millions. To bad if you don't like it, we will just let you leave and hire another. He claims that in general pathologists are an unethical bunch that will take advantage of you if possible. Spoke of groups keeping two financial books so that other non-partners will not gripe about salary and forcing employees to sign no competition clauses. Said he has friends who were promised partnerships after 3 years but still haven't after 5 but don't want to leave because family is settled down in area. Said this stuff is a rampant problem in pathology but that the major governing baords won't even talk about it because they are governed by the owners of these large companies. Would like to hear some pathologists perspectives on these claims. Has anybody else heard similar stories?