Would you make a successful pathologist? Let’s find out. A pathologist is a physician in the medical field who studies the nature, causes, and effects of a disease. The area of pathology is vast with concentration on changes in organs, tissues, and cells that are the result of a disease.
They typically work in one of the three main areas of discipline: investigators, diagnosticians, or teachers. The ability to integrate data with molecular, biochemical and physiological laboratory studies is fundamental to the work performed daily.
A Pathologist could:
· Examine kidney tissues of a patient under a microscope to determine if the patient requires a transplant.
· Perform an autopsy to decide if the person died of natural cause or homicide. This can particularly help solve a crime.
· Look over the blood test of a pregnant woman to determine if the child she is carrying will be born in good health.
Eligibility Criteria and Higher Studies for Pathology
Aspiring candidates must be from a science background with physics, chemistry and biology combination. After that, you should first complete MBBS degree from a reputed medical institute or college. Once you are done with an MBBS degree, you can then opt for a specialization in Pathology.
Curriculum and Core Subjects
Some of the MBBS course subjects are:
· Human Anatomy
· General Medicine
· Human physiology including biophysics
· Introduction to Humanities and community medicine
· Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
· Ear, Nose, and Throat
· Forensic medicine including toxicology
· General medicine
· General surgery
· Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Specializations
Syllabus of MBBS degree (Semester Wise)
Total number of semesters-9
· Semester 1-2 (Pre-clinical): Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology.
· Semester 3-5 (Para-clinical): Community Medicine, Forensic Medicine, Pathology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Clinical postings, OPDs.
· Semester 6-9 (Clinical): Community medicine and allied subjects (Psychiatry, Dermatology), Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery and allied subjects, Clinical postings.
Internship Learning Schedule for Pathology(12 months)-
· Medicine- a specialty duration of 1.5 months
· Surgery- Specialty duration of 1.5 months
· Rural- a specialty duration of 3 months
· Paediatrics- a specialty duration of 1 month
· Obstetrics and Gynaecology- a specialty duration of 1 month
· Casualty- duration of 1month
· Anaesthesiology- duration of 15 days
· Ophthalmology- duration of 15 days
· Elective- duration of 2 months
Careers Related to the Field
Some of the careers related to the field are:
· Anatomical Pathologist
· Clinical Pathologist
· Forensic Pathologist
· Molecular Pathologist
· Chemical Pathologist
· Genetic Pathologist
The average salary a Pathologist can earn in India is Rs. 8 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh per annum.
Some of the top universities in India are listed below:
· All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
· Christian Medical College, Chennai
· Armed forces Medical College, Pune
· Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
· Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry
· Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi
· Grant Medical College, Mumbai