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Become A Pathologist

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Working As A Pathologist

  • $208,620

    Average Salary

What Does A Pathologist Do At Leidos

* The Pathologist will support:
* CMDL in the development of robust and cutting edge genomic assays used for molecular profiling of patient specimens.
* Current efforts utilize Sanger, microarray, NGS and gene expression profiling from formalin fixed paraffin embedded specimens
* The Pathologist will independently perform clinical duties and function as a collaborator with the Principal Investigators (PI) Oncologists.
* Will interact with assay development groups and contribute to efforts to keep technologies current and effective.
* Provides medical oversight of clinical evaluations necessary to conduct clinical laboratory studies in support of NCI/NIH sponsored trials.
* Pathologist will be directly involved in histological interpretation of patient derived samples for an ongoing project.
* Authors documents, reviews research and clinical protocols pertinent to this effort.
* Contributes to the development and refinement of protocol approaches and methods.
* This position will be located in Frederick, Maryland

What Does A Pathologist Do At Leidos

* Directs and controls the activities of the pathology program.
* Directs specialized pathology research services, including molecular pathology and digital imaging.
* Plans, conducts, and evaluates a large, complex, multidisciplinary Pathology program
* Performs managerial, administrative and other duties relating to program operations including staffing, procurement, and budgeting
* Supports a wide variety of research activities within the NCI with a major focus on studies of functional genomics and disease mechanisms utilizing genetic approaches, particularly transgenic and gene-targeted mice.
* Techniques may include gene expression, in situ hybridization, mutational analysis, laser capture microdissection and proteomics.
* Provides consultative services to the Principal investigators within NCI and Leidos Biomed
* Contributes to experimental design discussions, as well as operational flows
* Reviews histopathology slides or their digital images for tumor content, necrosis and other required features
* Works with human patient tumor images and data with the possibility of communicating results back to the patient.
* Documents findings in pathology reports
* Reviews research protocols regarding safety and clinical efficacy
* Reviews and writes required Standard Operating Procedures utilizing Federal Mandated Standards
* Evaluates and recommends appropriate actions to ensure the Program's quality meets required standards.
* Works with other pathologists, the National Cancer Institute, and with project managers as needed
* Reviews CLIA certified reports as needed

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How To Become A Pathologist

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.


Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.


After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Pathologist Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Filipino

  • Urdu

  • Armenian

  • Sindhi

  • Korean

  • Hindi

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Real Pathologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pathologist Preferred Anatomic Pathology Services, Inc. Lafayette, LA Aug 01, 2012 $400,000
Neuro-Pathologist H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center &Amp; Research Instit Tampa, FL Jul 01, 2014 $350,000
Pathologist Bostwick Laboratories, Inc. Glen Allen, VA Sep 30, 2009 $325,000
Pathologist Pathology Associates of Central Iowa, PLC Des Moines, IA Feb 14, 2011 $300,000
Pathologist Siouxland Pathology Associates, PC Sioux City, IA Jan 22, 2011 $300,000
Pathologist Southern Illinois Medical Services Carbondale, IL Jan 29, 2016 $300,000 -
Pathologist Southern Illinois Medical Services Carbondale, IL Oct 01, 2014 $300,000 -
Pathologist Ochsner Clinic Foundation New Orleans, LA Aug 31, 2013 $285,000
Informatics Pathologist Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Jul 01, 2015 $282,000
Pathologist Pathology Associates of South Texas P.A. Edinburg, TX Aug 01, 2012 $275,000
Pathologist Denver Health and Hospital Authority Denver, CO Oct 01, 2014 $265,614
Pathologist/Hematopathologist Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH Oct 01, 2010 $239,423
Pathologists Corpus Christi Hospitalists, PLLC Kingsville, TX Oct 03, 2014 $237,751
Pathologists Corpus Christi Hospitalists, PLLC Alice, TX Oct 03, 2014 $237,751
Pathologist Denver Health and Hospital Authority Denver, CO Oct 01, 2011 $237,090
Pathologists Corpus Christi Hospitalists, PLLC Kingsville, TX Feb 24, 2014 $236,603
Pathologist Denver Health and Hospital Authority Denver, CO Jun 15, 2015 $236,000
Pathologist Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Jun 16, 2010 $235,000
Pathologist (Physician) Professional Pathology of Wyoming, P.C. Rock Springs, WY Jul 30, 2016 $187,200
Pathologist (Physician) Professional Pathology of Wyoming, P.C. Casper, WY Jul 30, 2016 $187,200
Pathologist Pines Health Services Caribou, ME Jun 30, 2014 $187,200 -
Pathologist Prime Healthcare Services-Gadsden Physician Management, LLC Gadsden, AL Sep 15, 2016 $187,200
Pathologist Incyte Pathology Professional, P.S. Spokane Valley, WA Mar 18, 2015 $187,199 -
Pathologist Incyte Pathology Professional, P.S. Spokane, WA Mar 18, 2015 $187,199 -
Pathologist Danbury Office of Physican Services, P.C. Danbury, CT Jul 01, 2011 $185,661
Pathologist The Mount Sinai Community Foundation Chicago, IL Nov 14, 2016 $185,000

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Top Skills for A Pathologist


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Top Pathologist Skills

  1. Pathology Residents
  2. Clinical Laboratory
  3. Cytology Specimens
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Train pathology residents on the proper grossing and frozen sectioning techniques.
  • Review clinical laboratory reports for GSH, SAH and Interpath (Reference) labs.
  • Accession and process cytology specimens.
  • Accessed and treated speech and language disorders in children 6wks to 6yrs old.
  • Provided therapy for preschool DD students, and K-5 grade students with speech/language disabilities.

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