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A pathologists' assistant is an intensively trained allied health professional who provides anatomic pathology services under the direction and supervision of a pathologist. Pathologists' assistants interact with pathologists in the same manner that physician assistants carry out their duties under the direction of physicians in surgical and medical practice. Pathologists' assistants contribute to the overall efficiency of the laboratory or pathology practice in a cost-effective manner by performing a variety of tasks, consisting primarily of gross examination of surgical pathology specimens and performance of autopsies.

This exciting health care specialty is rapidly becoming recognized across the nation as preparing a professional who may have administrative, research and educational capabilities, as well as being able to provide essential anatomic pathology laboratory services.