|Pathology Cartoon of the Day -
|A Pathologist who is keen to have direct
interaction with patients:
"It is not a good idea to bite off more than you can chew."
Enlarged version of the interaction in the cartoon:
A pathologist should concentrate on the slides and report urgent cases within 24 hours. There should be constant interaction with the clinician who is treating the patient.
Any interaction with the patient should be in the presence of the clinician.
In private diagnostic laboratory, the report is usually delivered in the reception. The pathologist does not discuss details of a report with a patient.
Regulations of Laboratory Medicine vary according to Medical Council of each country. One important rule applies in every country - patient's life and privacy is of utmost importance.
All gross specimens, microscopic slides and special stains belong to the patients. Written permission from the patient should be taken to use recently reported cases for research, publication in journals, public demonstration like social media or personal blog posts.
Pathologists taking time off to travel, work on a web project, write a book or do research should make sure that someone equally qualified is taking responsibility to do the clinical work in his/her absence.
Doctors or pathologists spending time on social media like twitter or facebook has a definite well thought out plan. They are using it for self promotion, to sell books, or to promote personal blog posts with hashtags. Using social media for medical teaching (even if it sounds hilarious) is possible for those who enjoy multitasking.
Most smart doctors use smart phones but keep away from social media because they have far more exciting things happening in their professional and personal lives.
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