Pathology provides an understanding of the
process of disease. Pathology is multidisciplinary and has five
main specialties which have further sub-specialities embedded
within them. A pathology career offers a great range of variety and
combines clinical and laboratory work and offers scope for
excellent opportunities within research.
Whichever branch of pathology that you are
interested in, all jobs associated within pathology will require a
very broad and detailed knowledge of medicine.
Further more detailed information on pathology specialties is
available on these pages.
Some foundation schools offer placements in
pathology however this is not common and you should try to seek out
a taster in pathology if at all possible during the Foundation
Programme if it is an area that you are considering specialising
On successful completion of the Foundation
Programme doctors can competitively apply for run-through posts in
chemical pathology, histopathology, medical microbiology and
virology. Upon successful completion of the Certificate of
Completion of Training (CCT) and having passed College exams
doctors can then apply for consultant posts.
Haematology and immunology are uncoupled
specialties and the route into these requires two years of core
medical training. Upon successful completion of this and on passing
the MRCP Part 1 exam trainees would then apply to specialty
training in these fields.
The website Modernising Medical
Careers contains a person specification which lists
eligibility criteria for pathology specialties, plus the personal,
academic and clinical criteria on which recruitment is based.
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