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The Humanitarian Side of Pathology

While physicians are encouraged to do humanitarian work, the choice to do it, how to do it, and where to do it is yours.

As a pathologist, you have many options. Let´s look at a few.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

In 2016, the ICRC was looking for a forensic pathologist to take on a paid position, and promote and support the effective implementation of relevant forensic standards and procedures, including the management of the dead, prevent and resolve the missing and other applications of forensic science to humanitarian action including clinical forensic medicine; assist forensic institutions and practitioners in humanitarian forensic action; provide specialized advice on human remains, clinical forensic medicine, and forensic sciences to relevant stakeholders and institutions; and other tasks outlined here.

Candidates must have at least 5 years´ proven experience in forensic practice applied to humanitarian or human rights investigations in at least three different operational contexts.

The International Cervical Cancer Foundation (INCCA Foundation)

In 2016, the INCCA Foundation are going on four missions: one in spring, two in summer and one in fall. Permanent medical staff from the local community and volunteer clinicians, cytologists, pathologists, technicians and medical students make their way to CerviCusco Clinic in Cusco, Peru, for five days on each mission.

The cytotechnologists and pathologists screen conventional and SurePath Pap tests for patients from the clinic during the missions, and during pre-mission health campaigns. Surgical pathology and Fine Needle Aspiration may also be performed.

For information about the documentation required, see the INCCA Foundation website.

Pathologists Recognized for Their Work

During the last few decades, many pathologists have been recognized for their contribution to humanitarian work. M. Elizabeth Hale Hammond, MD, was named the 2005 Pathologist of the Year in Chicago in 2005.

Dr. Hammond received the 2005 CAP Pathologist of the Year Award, the College’s highest honor for her dedication to improving patients´ lives.

“I am deeply humbled to be named Pathologist of the Year,” said Dr. Hammond. She works at LDS Hospital with Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City, and a professor of pathology and adjunct professor in internal medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Hammond was commended for her service as chair of the CAP Education Committee. Named among the “Foremost Women of the Century,” Dr. Hammond has been recognized for her accomplishments on numerous lists, including “Notable American Women” and “Best Doctors in America.” She is an expert in cardiac transplantation pathology and predictive cancer factor evaluation. She´s published 160 original articles related to these fields.

Gene N. Herbek, MD, received the William H. Kuehn, PhD, Outstanding Communicator Award for his efforts to raise public awareness about how pathologists may prevent illness and determine its cause.

Dr. Herbek has been interviewed numerous times on pathology and health issues by national and local media, and has championed many community-based hospital initiatives. “If our profession is to be understood and valued by our patients, clinicians, hospital administrators, legislators, and insurers, it is imperative that we tell them who we are and what we do for them,” says Dr. Herbek.

Dr. Herbek is a pathologist at the Pathology Center at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, U.S.A. He spent over 25 years before that serving residents and the local medical community at St. Luke’s Iowa Health System, Sioux City, U.S.A. He was recognized for his outstanding efforts with the St. Luke’s Physician Hero Award in 2004.

John R. Benziger, MD, received the CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award in 2005. He is chief of pathology and the laboratory director at Maine General Medical Center, Waterville and Augusta, ME. The grant award relates to his work with Partners in Health of Maine in Nicaragua.

The Humanitarian Grant Award, cosponsored by Olympus America, provides grants to members of the College to fund pathology and medical services to underserved patients in an underdeveloped area of the world. The award will enable Dr. Benziger to establish pathology services at Hospital Nuevo Amanecer in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua and expand and improve patient care in this underserved and isolated North Atlantic region.

Pathologists can do a lot of good in the world, but not without doing a residency program. If you´re considering applying, but you´d like some assistance with your personal statement of purpose, we can certainly help you. Get in touch to find out how.



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