Pathology Careers

So you want to learn what a Pathologist does?

A pathologist with MD training is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis of human disease. They can work in various settings, including academic teaching hospitals, private practice, government, industry, etc.  Pathologists can pursue a wide spectrum of different careers:

  • Anatomic pathologist: evaluates tissue specimens (brain, heart, lungs, bones, etc.). Uses a microscope to examine prepared specimens.
  • Clinical pathologist: evaluates blood, urine, and other non-tissue specimens. Sets guidelines for blood transfusion practice.
  • Forensic pathologist: evaluates evidence to establish causes of death, particularly wrongful death; may be a medical examiner.

Videos about what is Pathology and how a Pathologist plays a role in patient care

Pathology faculty lead cutting-edge, impactful research.

There are opportunities for JHU medical students to pursue MS1 Scholarly Concentration projects with Pathology faculty. Browse these lab websites below:

Pathology may be the field for you if:

  1. You enjoy anatomy and physiology.
  2. You are a visual person and have good attention to detail.
  3. You prefer to work in a lab behind a microscope or in a microbiology lab or blood bank.
  4. You are drawn to the scientific, analytical, technical aspects of medicine.
  5. You enjoy solving mysteries or finding answers to the unknown.
  6. You are a team-player and enjoy working with other pathologists, surgeons, and clinicians.
  7. You have good written and oral communication skills (to communicate challenging and nuanced diagnoses to clinical colleagues, or discuss an autopsy with a call to a patient or family of a deceased one)
  8. You have compassion for patients.