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Advancement Prospects

After gaining enough experience, pathologists can become directors of a hospital pathology laboratory. With even more experience, they may advance to serving in a hospital's administration. A pathologist working in an academic capacity may advance to direct a medical school's pathology program. Some pathologists open independent pathology laboratories or join with other physicians to form private group practices. Because pathologists have broad medical perspectives, they often serve in leadership positions in medical schools, professional societies, and research organizations.

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