Experiential exposure as the key to recruiting medical students into pathology

Ashley M. Holloman, Mary P. Berg, Bronwyn Bryant, Lisa Ross Dixon, Melissa R. George, Julie Katz Karp, Barbara EC Knollmann-Ritschel, Victor Gerardo Prieto, Charles F. Timmons, John Michael Childs, Amanda Lofgreen, Kristen Johnson, Cindy B. McCloskey

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Medical student interest and pursuit of a career in pathology have been steadily declining since 2015. We conducted three separate surveys of medical students to better understand these trends. In our first survey, we focused on assessing U.S. allopathic medical students understanding and perceptions of pathology. We later surveyed U.S. osteopathic medical students as a companion to the allopathic medical student survey, in which many similarities were discovered with some key differences. In our final survey, we specifically looked at curriculum differences between the U.S. allopathic medical schools that graduate the most students who enter pathology training programs (Group 1) versus those schools that graduate the fewest future pathologists (Group 2) to determine if the curriculum had an impact on medical student matriculation into pathology. Together, through these surveys, we were able to identify several remarkable recurring trends, presenting areas of targetable action. Here, we summarize themes from the three studies as well as a review of pertinent literature to offer best practices for exposing and engaging medical students to pathology and possibly recruiting students to consider pathology as a career.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100074
JournalAcademic Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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