Pathologists 'taken for granted' by other doctors

Too many doctors think tests enter a black box that pops out the answer, says college president

Pathologists are being “taken for granted” by other doctors and the specialty is struggling to attract junior doctors, the head of the pathology college warns.

Doctor with test tubes

Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) president Dr Bruce Latham has urged his colleagues to take more credit for their diagnostic work and spruik the attractions of pathology to medical students to stem a shortfall in applications to its training program.

"Many doctors don't seem to realise that when they send off a test, it doesn't just go off