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[The role of chief pathologist in training the new generation]


MARCH 20, 2001

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2001;11(03)

[INTRODUCTION - The present situation of pathology is disadvantageous, can even be considered critical in Hungary. There are not enough pathologists, the number of experienced, competent specialists is decreasing and young doctors do not prefer the specialty. We try to analyze the background of this situation based on our experience as tutors in medical education. METHODS - Participants of the annual fiveweek long exam preparation course took part in an anonymous survey. Based on this, we collected data on professional activity, working conditions and continuing education of young pathologists before their national specialist examination. Data were collected from the period 1991-2000. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION - Our experience suggest that chief pathologists of hospitals play key role for the future existence of this specialty in Hungary besides financial appreciation of the specialists. For successful replacement of elder colleagues with young specialists the task is threefold: 1. Getting young doctors acquainted with the specialty and help them prepare for the national exam. 2. In case of young specialists, professional support through continuous education as well as career-preserving support is necessary. 3. Choosing the best possible successor among colleagues for the position of chief pathologist and helping to prepare for this task.]



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