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Are You a Primary Care Pathologist, Asks Dr. Henderson

Posted Oct 28 2009 11:03pm

A new pathology blogger has appeared on the scene -- Dr. Gregory Henderson. He calls himself a primary care pathologist and his first blog note is about this very topic (see: You Might Be A Primary Care Pathologist ). Here are the criteria he lists to determine whether one falls into this category:

  • If you have ever taken phone calls from patients to help explain their diagnosis, you might be a primary care pathologist.
  • If you have ever scrubbed into a surgical procedure to help the surgeon identify key areas to sample for frozen section, you might be a primary care pathologist.
  • If you have ever manned a booth at a community health fair that educates women about Pap and HPV testing, you might be a primary care pathologist.
  • If you have spent an enormous time over the past 3 months helping your hospital prepare for the impending H1N1 epidemic, you might be a primary care pathologist.
  • If you look around your lunch table most days and see physicians of other specialties and no other pathologists, you might be a primary care pathologist.
  • If your pattern of practice looks anything like any of the pathologists on this CAP website, you might be a primary care pathologist.

I need to confess that my first reaction, on reading his inaugural note, was to flinch a bit. After all, the notion of "primary-care-anything" seems to be quickly losing its luster in our rush to become uber -specialists, particularly those who can bill for a procedure. However, and after reading his list, I have changed my mind. There is a tendency for one's first blog note to focus on a topic that one really cares about. It goes to the nature of this obsession -- the need to communicate one's ideas on a broader scale. There is the ring of authenticity and sincerity about his list that any pathologist will be proud of. I wish him the best of luck in his future blogging career. I am sure that he will provide us all with better insights into the valuable services that individuals like him provide to their communities. Oh, and the fact that Dr. Henderson refers to Lab Soft News on his home page as one of his favorite blogs had no influence on these remarks.

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