I was so ecstatic that I was able to attend the 2019 Pathology Conference. As an enthusiast on anything about science, the pathology field was like rainbows and unicorns for me. For real – if I read, see, and hear anything about pathology, my eyes have hearts in them. Kidding aside, I enjoy it, hence, the attendance at its conference last year.
As a brief background, pathology is a branch of the medical field that involves the study and diagnosis of diseases. The person doing this study and diagnosis must be a medical professional, no less than a doctor like me, of course, because it is a specialization in medicine. It is examining the surgically removed tissues through biopsy samples or even in whole bodies or autopsies – heaven! I so love watching these specimens under the scope. (My eyes are with hearts, again!) Anyway, these body specimens are then examined through a microscope or any other instrument to help the physicians determine one’s disease.
Through the conference, I have re-learned that there are different branches of pathology, and these include surgical pathology, cytopathology, and molecular pathology. (It’s been a while since I had these lessons back in med school, but it was a delight to talk about again.) Surgical pathology is believed to be the essential branch of pathology but also very time-consuming. It is how tissues are being examined in two ways, through the naked eye or through the use of a microscope to get a more accurate and thorough classification of the disease. Surgical pathology is more about tissue analysis with regards to cancer diagnosis and other diseases that need an absolute diagnosis. Performing autopsy is under this branch of pathology. And that is me. I prefer to be called the “Crime Doctor” in my dreams.
Don’t get me wrong, but this is the truth for me. When I receive patients that have a questionable cause of death, I get excited. I get pumped up. My nerves become alive, and my mind works nonstop until I get to the root of the issue – murdered or accident. I know, I know. My kids tell me that I am overreacting. It’s not that, I just love my job and I love my craft.
Moving on, though. Cytopathology, on the other hand, is the study of pathology through one’s cells. This branch also deals with a cancer diagnosis, but they also help in diagnosing infectious diseases and other inflammatory conditions.
And lastly, the molecular pathology is just a new discipline of pathology that deals with the diagnosis of disease by examining the molecules inside a person’s organs, tissues, or bodily fluids. Molecular analysis has helped many physicians in determining and diagnosing more complex diseases over the past decade. This study involves a high level of sensitivity that enables physicians to detect small tumors that can result in early diagnosis and can, therefore, possibly offer first treatment and can increase the chances of survival.
Pathology is a new branch of medical science as pathologists are also known to be the “doctor of doctors.” They don’t usually deal with patients, but they work together with specialists to make a more accurate diagnosis of a particular disease. It makes us “invincible.” Peace out.
Oh, and by the way, I am a doctor who has indigenous roots, and I am very proud to say that.