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Pathology Career

Pathology is a specialized field in medical sciences. It is study of the nature and causes of diseases.. The word "pathology" comes from the Greek words "pathos" meaning "disease" and "logos" meaning "a treatise" a treatise of disease. It is done through examining molecules, cells, tissues and organs. The German pathologist Rudolf Virchow is regarded the father of pathology. Medical pathology is divided in two main branches, Anatomical pathology and Clinical pathology. Veterinary pathology is concerned with animal disease whereas Phytopathology is the study of plant diseases. Pathology includes both Anatomic Pathology, which is the scientific study of disease at a cellular and tissue level, and Clinical Pathology which includes the disciplines of Immunology, Haematology, Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology. Pathologists are doctors who study the cause and development of disease. Most choose a specialty such as genetics or forensic pathology. Forensic pathology is the use of pathology for legal purposes, one of which is deciding cause of death.

Eligibility for Pathology

One who has completed MBBS will only be eligible to pursue M.D. in Pathology. The period of training for obtaining this degree is three years. In the case of students having a recognized two year postgraduate diploma course in the same subject, the period of training, including the period of examination, is of two years.

Job Prospects for Pathologists

Careers in this field are extremely broad, with a number of different training programs available for people who are interested in pathology. It have very good scope in India. One can work in Multi Specialist Hospitals in India. or can open his own clinic. Pathologists typically work in research and laboratory settings and rarely ever with patients. Pathologists receive specimens and samples from physicians during surgery or examination and use the many tools of pathology to analyze samples for diagnosis of disease. Pathologists may spend time teaching medical students, as pathology is a core course of medical training. Pathologists may also perform autopsies, although autopsies are usually performed by forensic doctors.