Medical Students For Pathology

ENGAGING MEDICAL STUDENTS FOR A CAREER IN PATHOLOGY

USCAP is concerned about the diminishing visibility of pathology as a formal, structured discipline within the curricula of many medical schools and the consequential reduced awareness of pathology as an exceptional career option. The Academy is committed to educating medical students about the advantages of all aspects of pathology, emphasizing that now, more than ever, pathologists have an active role and responsibility on health care teams as critical determinants of patient outcomes.

Initiatives

  • The Academy is contacting pathology student interest groups to ignite their enthusiasm for pathology as a discipline and to introduce them to essence of USCAP by complimentary invitations to the 2021 Annual Meeting.
  • Pathology student interest groups at Loma Linda University, USC Keck School of Medicine and UCLA had been invited to USCAP’s Interactive Center for orientation to organized pathology, and to the 2020 Annual Meeting at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Several student representatives participated in the short documentary video presented at USCAP’s 2020 Annual Meeting:
  • USCAP is encouraging under-represented minority medical students to attend the 2021 Annual Meeting as guests of the Academy and an invitation has been extended to the Pathology Student Interest Group at Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Terrell Jones, a pathology resident at UPMC and a USCAP Ambassador has been collaborating with the EVP to research contacts at Howard University College of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
  • A seminar held at the 2020 Annual Meeting explored the following concepts:
    • Encouraging medical students for a career in academic/community Pathology: how to structure and implement a pathology interest group and beyond
    • Strategies for including pathology (and pathologists) in the medical school curriculum
    • Strategies for encouraging medical students for a career in basic science
    • Managing a pathology student interest group
  • Additional video interviews are planned after resolution of the pandemic
  • This dedicated web page is the resource for medical student engagement and information, and will continue to be developed

RAS Strategies to Recruit Medical Students To Pathology

  • Pathologists should orchestrate pathology becoming a core rotation in the clinical curriculum following the basic science years
  • Deploy Ambassadors as liaisons to medical student pathology interest groups (also colleges and high schools) and provide toolkits, funding, awards, role modeling
  • Debunk unfavorable myths about pathology, the job market, threats to job security and stereotypic personalities
  • Portray and reinforce the image of pathologists as physicians first and essential players at the center of integrated medical solution teams
  • Create a documentary film using real stories, positive images and practical exposure about what pathologists do

 

Preliminary Medical Student Reactions

I found that in my pathology elective, I saw more interesting cases in one week than I did my entire year on the wards. I really enjoy the cerebral aspect of pathology and I really just love that it’s involved with every discipline of medicine
– Sophia Hwang, Loma Linda University

I found that in my pathology elective, I saw more interesting cases in one week than I did my entire year on the wards. I really enjoy the cerebral aspect of pathology and I really just love that it’s involved with every discipline of medicine
– Sophia Hwang, Loma Linda University

I think the most appealing aspect of pathology is the fact that it is a field that offers constant intellectual stimulation. I also appreciate the visual aspect of pathology…it is like artwork, and for people who are visual learners and appreciate art, I think it brings to life the idea that medicine is an art….
– Ani Myserion – USC Keck School of Medicine

I think the most appealing aspect of pathology is the fact that it is a field that offers constant intellectual stimulation. I also appreciate the visual aspect of pathology…it is like artwork, and for people who are visual learners and appreciate art, I think it brings to life the idea that medicine is an art….
– Ani Myserion – USC Keck School of Medicine

…..At this point, I have given a lot of thought into what career specialty I will choose, and I’ve given a lot of thought to pathology. It’s a very exciting field. It’s one of the most interesting subjects that I’m studying in my preclinical years. And it’s one where I would feel very happy to pursue for the rest of my life and my career
– Ani Myserion – USC Keck School of Medicine

…..At this point, I have given a lot of thought into what career specialty I will choose, and I’ve given a lot of thought to pathology. It’s a very exciting field. It’s one of the most interesting subjects that I’m studying in my preclinical years. And it’s one where I would feel very happy to pursue for the rest of my life and my career
– Ani Myserion – USC Keck School of Medicine

 

Invitation to the 2021 Annual Meeting

Medical Students interested in a career in pathology are invited to attend the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting as guests of the Academy.