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Pathologists are specialists at identifying the cause of diseases and how they progress and spread. They do this by examining and studying changes in bodily tissue, blood and other body fluids (which are done through tests) and are experts at analysing the results.
As a pathologist, you could also work in a large team to help diagnose patients.
There are two primary areas in the field of pathology:
Anatomical pathology: involves examining tissue specimens taken from the body for diagnostic purposes, often during surgery. These pathologists play an important role in getting an accurate diagnosis for patients. For example, examining the tissue to determine if cancer cells are present.
Clinical Pathologists: conduct and oversee laboratory tests on body fluids like blood, urine or saliva etc. They perform tests to identify the presence of organisms like parasites, bacteria or viruses to identify the source of diseases. Some pathologists perform autopsies to determine the nature and extent of the disease which caused the death of a person.
NSC or NC(v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass
Degree: Bachelor of Medicine:
* Post-graduate study: 4-5 years specialisation: MMed (Pathology) including residency.
4 Years Post Grad studies after completing the MBChB degree to obtain an MMed (Pathology) degree.
Pathologists have many opportunities for employment including:
Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)
University of Pretoria:
University of Cape Town:
University of Stellenbosch:
Sefako Magkatho Health Services University:
University of the Free State: