About 71 percent of fourth-year pathology residents do not feel prepared to practice the “business side” of pathology, according to findings of the 2017 ASCP Fellowship & Job Market Surveys released at the Association of Pathology Chairs 2017 Annual Meeting, July 25-28, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
“The ASCP Fellowship & Job Market Surveys provide valuable information on national trends regarding medical education, residency training, and the job market, which is closely reviewed by pathology residents and fellows,” says Karen Frank, MD, PhD, FASCP, Chair of the ASCP Resident In-Service Examination (RISE) Committee. “Residency and fellowship program directors use these comprehensive data to make improvements in their educational programs where needed.”
ASCP, which administered the surveys as part of the 2017 Spring RISE and fellowship in-service exams, has developed resources, such as Lab Management University (LMU), which was created to fill the educational gap identified in pathology business and management training. A joint initiative of ASCP and the American Pathology Foundation, LMU enhances management training and resources available to residents and to the new-in-practice pathologists and laboratory professionals.
The surveys also examined trainees’ attitudes toward pathology fellowships and the number of fellowships to which they planned to apply, medical school preparation for residency programs, and preparation for independent work. The vast majority of residents said they planned to pursue fellowship training, and 46 percent chose two or more fellowships to meet career goals and compete in the job market. Respondents identified their top five fellowship choices as surgical pathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, gastrointestinal/hepatic pathology, and anatomic pathology.
As in previous surveys, confidence in signing out cases is still a concern among some residents. Nineteen percent of residents said their program does not include graduated sign-out, but 99 percent of those who have this training feel that it is useful.
The job market survey provides upcoming fellows with information from their peers regarding interviews, job offers, salaries, and anticipated job responsibilities for their future first job following fellowship training.
To read the complete ASCP 2017 Fellowship & Job Market Surveys Report, click here.