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Thursday, October 03, 2013
"Doctor" of Anatomic Pathology!
Once again I must apologize for delays in updating my Pathology Network blog.  Travel to meetings, vacation, service work, and beginning to edit the next (6th) edition of Diagnostic Surgical Pathology are all taking their toll on my time. I have several more trips this month but things will, I hope, calm down after that. If you are an attendee at the Scientific Symposiums course on the big island of Hawaii next week, I'll see you there!  On top of all this, we're 5 months into our move to a new home, and we're still not completely settled.  The adage that it take a year to settle in from a move seems all too real.
For your reading enjoyment, I'd like to (again) refer you to a couple of posts, linked above,  in "The Pathology Blawg" by Dr. Lee Dilworth.  These deal with a proposal in the works at at least one pathology assistant program to grant the degree of "doctor of anatomic pathology" to graduates of a "beefed up" pathology assistant program.  Although this hasn't yet come to pass, it is clearly part of a trend to grant doctorates in a variety of specialized medical ancillary services. 
I'm not in principle opposed to this general approach at all.  My older daughter has a doctorate in physical therapy and practices in southern California.  She went through three years of complex training and certification, but she would never want to be called anything other than a physical therapist.  "Doctor of Anatomic Pathology," however sounds rather much like an "anatomic pathologist" who is a doctor and the title is almost certain to cause confusion.  See what you think.  At any rate, the blog postings are short and make for easy reading. 
Even more thought provoking, and more than a bit disconcerting are the comments following the blog that give a snapshot of some of the biases and misconceptions that exist, even among our supposedly enlightened clinician colleagues, about what we do.  Several of the commenters seem convinced that pathology is dead.  Happily, that is far from the case. 
About the Author

Stacey E. Mills, MD
Stacey E. Mills, MD, a graduate of University of Virginia (UVA) and the UVA Medical Center, has authored nearly 230 articles, 20+ books, atlases and monographs—including the renowned Sternberg's Diagnostic Surgical Pathology. He has been a practicing Professor and Staff Pathologist at UVA for 30+ years and is Director of Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology. His clinical specialty is general surgical pathology with emphasis on neoplasms and neoplasm-like lesions. Dr. Mills is also Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Surgical Pathology.