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Career Resources for New-in-Practice Pathologists

The New in Practice Committee (NIPC) developed the following resources to aid pathologists who are transitioning from residency to the workforce. This section includes articles written by NIPC members drawn from their firsthand experiences as new-in-practice pathologists, resources to help you with your transition from residency to fellowship, and resources to help you establish your career base once you’ve made it through the transition.

Advice from the NIPC Members

The following articles were developed by members of the NIPC, fellow new-in-practice pathologists who are intimately familiar with the challenges faced by someone in your position.

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In this CAPCast interview, Dr. Buu Duong discusses what new-in-practice pathologists need to know about signing out cases on their own.

Transition to Work

  • An Onboarding To-Do List Makes Your Life Easier

    CAP member Dr. Yasmeen Butt describes how the onboarding to-do list for new-in-practice pathologists helps one prepare for this professional milestone.

  • Setting the New-in-Practice Pathologist Up For Success: A Primer for the First Year on the Job

    Now that you have found the bathrooms and identified the hospital coffee shops with the shortest lines, you are ready to focus on your real job, providing accurate and timely diagnoses for your patients.

  • Being the New-in-Practice Kid on the Hospital Block

    Establishing your practice in a new hospital can carry the same sense of excitement as being a new-kid on the block. Dr. Lauren King shares three tips for getting your name out in the hospital.

  • How I Found my First Pathology Job

    Finding a job is a daunting experience. Dr. Angie Foster shares her experience, insights, and tips on how to land your first pathology job.

  • Cautionary Tales of the New in Practice

    Assimilating into any new professional environment brings its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. Below are some collected cautionary tales and accompanying lessons that a new-in-practice pathologist may want to keep in their back pocket.

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Professional Development

  • Set Up for Success: Workspace Décor and Organization

    Your office not only reflects and says something about who you are; it also reflects your group and your profession. CAP members Dr. Roseann Wu and Dr. Eric Glassy want you to think about what message you would like to convey whenever someone steps into your work space and provide suggestions to help get your office to that desired state.

  • How a Fresh Take on Patient Safety Can Empower Pathologists

    Learn how the CAP's Patient Safety Self-Assessment course and its resources delivered a shift in perspective for CAP member Felicia D. Allard, MD, FCAP.

  • The Dotted Line: 5 Tips for Navigating the Laboratory Management Structure

    For pathologists to be effective in dotted-line leadership roles, they need to positively influence the work practices within the laboratory. The pathologist must be viewed as an approachable, knowledgeable, and helpful advocate for quality testing and employee and patient safety.

  • Finding Your Work-Life Balance

    Dr. Juanita Evans explains how taking stock of your priorities and your routine can reduce the stress and pressure that come with feeling unfocused.

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Personal Development

  • Parenting Hacks for the New-in-Practice Pathologist

    Being a parent is hard work. Find out how one of our new-in-practice member's leverages a pathologist's favorable work-life balance to navigate the curves of parenthood.

  • Finding Your Work-Life Balance

    Dr. Juanita Evans explains how taking stock of your priorities and your routine can reduce the stress and pressure that come with feeling unfocused.

  • Building Relationships as a Millennial Pathologist

    This New-in-Practice Committee article focuses on how millennial pathologists need to establish and cultivate professional relationships while being mindful of how some millennial traits may need to me tempered.

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Leadership

  • New to Leadership

    Dr. Juanita Evans reveals three things early career pathologists can do as they transition into a leadership role.

  • The Dotted Line: 5 Tips for Navigating the Laboratory Management Structure

    For pathologists to be effective in dotted-line leadership roles, they need to positively influence the work practices within the laboratory. The pathologist must be viewed as an approachable, knowledgeable, and helpful advocate for quality testing and employee and patient safety.

  • Supervising and Teaching Pathology Residents

    CAP member Dr. Lauren King shares four key things new-in-practice pathologists can use when supervising and teaching pathology residents.

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Please direct questions or comments to:

Crystal Wells
cwells@cap.org