Pathology & Laboratory Medicine


A pathologist deals with the causes and nature of disease and contributes to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment through knowledge gained by the laboratory application of the biologic, chemical, and physical sciences. A pathologist uses information gathered from the microscopic examination of tissue specimens, cells, and body fluids, and from clinical laboratory tests on body fluids and secretions for the diagnosis, exclusion, and monitoring of disease.

Training required: Four year residency with the opportunity for fellowships

For more information about this specialty, including the nature of the work, personal characteristics, residency requirements, match data, workforce statistics, compensation, and relevant links and readings, please see the AAMC page on this specialty (requires login to AAMC site. See "Specialty Pages" tab).

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at UNC

Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Residency Director: Thomas W. Bouldin, MD

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August 2009 - Volume 2, Issue 1 (PDF)

Spotlight on Specialties: Pathology
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Match Corner: Scramble in Shambles: Overhaul to the Scramble Underway