Study blood samples to help diagnose and treat diseases.
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What do Hematopathologists do?

Hematopathologists are the medical equivalent of Commercial Divers: It’s their job to look beneath the surface to see all the activity that’s going on below. Instead of water, however, their ocean’s made of blood—and it’s their job to watch for signs of disease.

You see, there’s more to blood than meets the eye. Even when they’re stoically smooth, there’s a bustling world just below the surface that’s teeming with activity. To see it, all you have to do is look.

As a Hematopathologist, you’re a Pathologist (a Doctor who works in a lab to identify diseases), and your expertise is blood. Or, to be more precise, blood diseases, including blood cancers—leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma—as well as conditions such as anemia and hemophilia.

Thanks to your expertise in all things blood, you’re a lot like a Hematologist, whose job is caring for patients with blood disorders. Unlike Hematologists, however—who spend their days with patients treating blood conditions—you spend your days behind the scenes diagnosing them. To do that, you look at blood samples under microscopes in a medical laboratory, where you observe, count, and analyze the cellular components of blood in search of abnormalities.

Should I be a Hematopathologist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • How to become a Hematopathologist

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