I'm surprised your nurse friend knew about the PathAssist programs to be honest. Maybe he or she had a laboratory background but yes they are solid alternatives and similarly competitive to Michener programs entry full-time 24 month masters programs. It's a natural progression of education for those with MLS degrees and worth considering. The PA preceptors that have helped with my training have good things to say about the career at least and you can't argue with the employment stats. Without fully researching I know my UofA has a program plus Calgary, Manitoba and UofT have programs. In rural areas here they perform the autopsies for several communities with distance signoffs from pathologists so they have the autonomy that breeds job satisfaction. In the urban centers I observed they worked independently although with pathologists to consult a few times a day, receiving direction on how to approach analyzing large complex specimens both by eye and under microscopic sections. As far as I know, PAs don't report patient results from microscopic slides. Very small programs anywhere from 2 to 5 students accepted per year. The governing body for pathology labels them as physician extenders and they really do important work and are compensated as such. Please look up your own information per school. There's a difference between Pathology Scientist MSc, Pathologist Assistant MSc, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology MSc degrees even though they sound similar.fenicksai wrote: ↑May 16th, 2017 3:23 pmFor those who are interested in stepping into the applied health science career.
Do you know anything about "Pathologist Assistant" Program?
My Nurse friend recommended me to apply for this master's program next year as a replacement of Michener's competitive programs.
Any idea suggestions about this program?
The work is interesting. I have my highlights from that those rotations with organs and specimens surgically removed from patients. I put my finger through a gun shot wound in an aorta, sawed through a 22 pound fibroid tumer to get the peach sized uterus, plus you see some of the famous teratomas (if you dare to google). Every MLS student gets a glimpse but the PAs and pathologists are the ones that deal with these controversial and undeniably messy things. There's a certain type of person the work attracts, I would think and it's definitely not for everyone.
There are currently other routes to PA positions that don't require the schooling such as MLT/MLS with years of experience but things are changing if not already switched over to the Msc program entry to practice unofficially. To work as a PA in the future I would almost certainly get the masters degree.