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#28 Pathologist Interview - Leaving Surgery for Pathology, Lifestyle, and Career Growth

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Dr. Goldberg is from Wilmington, Delaware. She went to UPenn where she majored in the Biological Basis of Behavior, graduated Magna Cum Laude, was judged to have the best honor's thesis in her major and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She went to Albert Einstein College of Medicine for her MD degree and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She was a surgery resident here at Jefferson for many years, but changed careers to pathology. She is currently a cytopathologist and gynecologic surgical pathologist. She is also the doting mother to amazing twins and loving wife to her historian husband. Her research focuses on graduate medical education and laboratory quality and safety. In her "spare" time, she loves to ski, row, and watch her kids do karate and play baseball.


0:00 - Intro

1:01 - Statistics About Pathology

4:02 - What Is Pathology?

11:24 - Changing to Pathology From Surgery

29:51 - What Was Residency Like?

32:58 - Specializing After Pathology Residency

38:38 - What Is It Like Being an Attending?

39:43 - An Average Day/Week of a Pathologist

45:28 - If I Give You $100 Million, What Would You Do?

47:21 - Best Thing About Being a Pathologist

49:37 - Worst Thing About Being a Pathologist

55:41 - Myths About Pathologists

57:10 - Characteristics of a Student for Pathology

58:43 - Advice to People Looking Into Pathology

1:01:40 - Maximizing Competitiveness Going Into Pathology

1:07:42 - Future of Pathology

1:14:30 - Advice to People Entering a Career in Medicine

1:18:12 - Book Recommendations

1:22:23 - What Advice Would You Give Your 18-Year-Old Self?

1:25:06 - Positive Qualities & Characteristics

1:28:06 - Finding a Good Program

1:30:19 - Closing Messages

1:32:28 - Outro



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