Pathologists use their pathological skills and training to study disease, or any condition that limits the quality, length or enjoyment of life.
PathWest is the only public pathology provider in WA. For additional information on working with them please visit their website.
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What's a typical day like?
As a pathologist you will need an interest in:
- Following guidelines
- Working independently
- Methodical, structured approach to work and reporting
- Involvement in multidisciplinary meetings
- Working on a patient without direct interaction with the patient
- Regular working hours
- Processing specimens that can be smelly and repetitive
- Being curious.
How do you get to participate in a pathology observership?
To get into training currently you need to have done a minimum of two years postgraduate but the more years you’ve done the better. Usually you’ll commence pathology training in PGY3 or PGY4 but there’s quite a lot of variation.
For further information about training to become a pathologist, refer to the Royal College of Pathologists Australia RCPA - General Information
What's a typical day for a registrar pathologist?
When is a good time to complete the BPS exam?
What's challenging about the training program?
Overview of pathology training program
What's good about the training program?
What PGY level is common for applying?
N.B. Career prospects are dependent on both the supply of specialists and the projected future demand for services provided by medical specialists (including general practitioners). The complex interplay of supply and demand is currently being modelled at both a state and national level and will be included when it's available.