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The modern histopathologist: in the changing face of time

Biman Saikia1*, Kirti Gupta2 and Uma N Saikia2

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1 Department of Immunopathology Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

2 Department of Histopathology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Diagnostic Pathology 2008, 3:25  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-3-25

Published: 6 June 2008

Abstract

The molecular age histopathologist of today is practicing pathology in a totally different scenario than the preceding generations did. Histopathologists stand, as of now, on the cross roads of a traditional 'visible' morphological science and an 'invisible' molecular science. As molecular diagnosis finds more and more applicability in histopathological diagnosis, it is time for the policy makers to reframe the process of accreditation and re-accreditation of the modern histopathologist in context to the rapid changes taking place in this science. Incorporation of such 'molecular' training viv-a-vis information communication technology skills viz. telemedicine and telepathology, digital imaging techniques and photography and a sound knowledge of the economy that the fresh entrant would ultimately become a part of would go a long way to produce the Modern Histopathologist. This review attempts to look at some of these aspects of this rapidly advancing 'art of science.'