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"Pathologist"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Diagnose presence and stage of diseases using laboratory techniques and patient specimens. Study the nature, cause, and development of diseases. May perform autopsies.

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Activities
Part 3
Skills
Part 4
Abilities
Part 5
Knowledge

 

Job Duties and Tasks for: "Pathologist"

1) Testify in depositions or trials as an expert witness.

2) Review cases by analyzing autopsies, laboratory findings, or case investigation reports.

 

3) Manage medical laboratories.

4) Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in pathology.

5) Develop or adopt new tests or instruments to improve diagnosis of diseases.

 

6) Educate physicians, students, and other personnel in medical laboratory professions such as medical technology, cytotechnology, and histotechnology.

7) Conduct research and present scientific findings.

8) Perform autopsies to determine causes of deaths.

9) Plan and supervise the work of the pathology staff, residents or visiting pathologists.

10) Obtain specimens by performing procedures such as biopsies and fine need aspirations (FNAs) of superficial nodules.

11) Identify the etiology, pathogenesis, morphological change, and clinical significance of diseases.

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12) Diagnose infections, such as Hepatitis B and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), by conducting tests to detect the antibodies that patients' immune systems make to fight such infections.

13) Conduct genetic analyses of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or chromosomes to diagnose small biopsies and cell samples.

14) Write pathology reports summarizing analyses, results, and conclusions.

 

15) Analyze and interpret results from tests such as microbial or parasite tests, urine analyses, hormonal assays, fine needle aspirations (FNAs), and polymerase chain reactions (PCRs).

16) Communicate pathologic findings to surgeons or other physicians.

17) Consult with physicians about ordering and interpreting tests or providing treatments.

18) Examine microscopic samples to identify diseases or other abnormalities.

19) Diagnose diseases or study medical conditions using techniques such as gross pathology, histology, cytology, cytopathology, clinical chemistry, immunology, flow cytometry, and molecular biology.

Job Description for "Pathologist" continued here...

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Activities
Part 3
Skills
Part 4
Abilities
Part 5
Knowledge


"Pathologist"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  NA        SOC:  29-1069.07


 

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