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    What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Currently doing Biomedsci, does becoming a pathologist require GAMSAT? What are some of the things I would need to get to become a pathologist? I honestly don't know because I was planning on becoming a teacher and I knew what I had to do.

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Yep, requires GAMSAT to undertake medicine. Then doing your internships and residencies. Then doing specialising in pathology. Takes ~12 years. You up for it? https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/wp...thologist1.jpg

    It isn't something to think lightly if you want to do medicine. Have you thought about undertaking research (for further study for biomed) ?

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    You can be a pathologist as a researcher i.e. major in pathology pHD in pathology

    OR if you mean looking at dead people you need a medical degree

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Queenroot View Post
    You can be a pathologist as a researcher i.e. major in pathology pHD in pathology

    OR if you mean looking at dead people you need a medical degree
    Well I'm mainly interested in analysing blood samples and blood cell disorders, is that also what a pathologist can do or have I got the wrong idea?

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by si2136 View Post
    Yep, requires GAMSAT to undertake medicine. Then doing your internships and residencies. Then doing specialising in pathology. Takes ~12 years. You up for it? https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/wp...thologist1.jpg

    It isn't something to think lightly if you want to do medicine. Have you thought about undertaking research (for further study for biomed) ?
    Yeah I dread thinking about doing honours, thesis, research, etc. I just don't like spending too much time studying.

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueGas View Post
    Well I'm mainly interested in analysing blood samples and blood cell disorders, is that also what a pathologist can do or have I got the wrong idea?
    The RCPA (Pathology) and RACP (Physician) websites should give you information on this. The equivalent medical specialisation is haematology, which has multiple pathways to get there. If lifelong study is not something you can tolerate, then you will find this pathway rather difficult.

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Schmeag View Post
    The RCPA (Pathology) and RACP (Physician) websites should give you information on this. The equivalent medical specialisation is haematology, which has multiple pathways to get there. If lifelong study is not something you can tolerate, then you will find this pathway rather difficult.
    Since it takes around 12 years to become a specialised pathologist, what would the salary be like?

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Also is it really worth it? I'm passionate about specialising in Haematology but not getting a proper job until I'm 32 years old is abit ridiculous. Anyone know other job positions related to haematology that pays 100k+ early?

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueGas View Post
    Since it takes around 12 years to become a specialised pathologist, what would the salary be like?
    I obtained this list from a quick search.

    Also is it really worth it?
    In general, it's worth it if you enjoy the work, which is difficult to know until you are there. It is not enough to enjoy the subject matter. I would suggest a placement if you haven't already done so. Before you sub-specialise, you will be expected to deal with all other forms of clinical (eg not laboratory) medicine, and may have little exposure to haematology bar a couple months of rotation in medical school or as a resident. It is not uncommon to have a change of heart regarding specialty.

    I'm passionate about specialising in Haematology but not getting a proper job until I'm 32 years old is abit ridiculous.
    You will be paid from internship (eg a proper job) at a reasonable rate (usually around 60-80K full-time). From then on, you are expected to study, sit exams and develop yourself professionally outside your working hours. As a guide, the exams are usually much harder and easier to fail than in medical school. Completion of training in allows for an increase in flexibility of how and when you work.

    Anyone know other job positions related to haematology that pays 100k+ early?
    Closely related would be nursing and scientists in the field, but they would unlikely to earn that much early on. You could look into pharmaceutics. I'd suggest a search of jobs on the internet for their respective salaries to give you an idea.

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Schmeag View Post
    I obtained this list from a quick search.


    In general, it's worth it if you enjoy the work, which is difficult to know until you are there. It is not enough to enjoy the subject matter. I would suggest a placement if you haven't already done so. Before you sub-specialise, you will be expected to deal with all other forms of clinical (eg not laboratory) medicine, and may have little exposure to haematology bar a couple months of rotation in medical school or as a resident. It is not uncommon to have a change of heart regarding specialty.


    You will be paid from internship (eg a proper job) at a reasonable rate (usually around 60-80K full-time). From then on, you are expected to study, sit exams and develop yourself professionally outside your working hours. As a guide, the exams are usually much harder and easier to fail than in medical school. Completion of training in allows for an increase in flexibility of how and when you work.


    Closely related would be nursing and scientists in the field, but they would unlikely to earn that much early on. You could look into pharmaceutics. I'd suggest a search of jobs on the internet for their respective salaries to give you an idea.
    How about if I wanted to become a sonographer? Currently doing biomedical science so what would I need to do? Because the salaries are quite great for this position.

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueGas View Post
    How about if I wanted to become a sonographer? Currently doing biomedical science so what would I need to do? Because the salaries are quite great for this position.
    See here for what you need - as you can see, they are postgraduate courses. I'm not sure if they have any pre-requisites (eg a Bachelor of Medical Imaging) - someone else would need to tell you, or you could do better and shoot the universities an email as I have just Googled everything.

    You'll get very little in the way of blood analysis or diseases. As you are aiming for >100K early on, pay is perhaps not as great as you would hope?

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Schmeag View Post
    See here for what you need - as you can see, they are postgraduate courses. I'm not sure if they have any pre-requisites (eg a Bachelor of Medical Imaging) - someone else would need to tell you, or you could do better and shoot the universities an email as I have just Googled everything.

    You'll get very little in the way of blood analysis or diseases. As you are aiming for >100K early on, pay is perhaps not as great as you would hope?
    Damn it. I just don't know what to do anymore.

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueGas View Post
    Damn it. I just don't know what to do anymore.
    If in doubt, worry less about pay, do your research, and do something that you both like and are good at.
    strawberrye likes this.

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Schmeag View Post
    If in doubt, worry less about pay, do your research, and do something that you both like and are good at.
    I just want to be financially dependent without ever having to worry about expenses.

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueGas View Post
    I just want to be financially dependent without ever having to worry about expenses.
    Well you need to be realistic with yourself. And being financially literate is a good start, just because you're a doctor doesn't mean that you have saved a lot of money, just more purchasing power.

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Investment banking Bruh

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Aren't there any haematological related positions with needing to do medicine that pay well?

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    what is your definition of well paid

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Queenroot View Post
    what is your definition of well paid
    A job that doesn't take a couple years to start earning 100k/+

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    ye rip

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Queenroot View Post
    ye rip
    Yeah I just realised how unrealistic my expectations have been. So what job would I start earning 100k after say 5-7 years or so? Is that still unrealistic?

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    No that is realistic

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Is it possible to get into med school if you do well in GAMSAT but the only work experience you have is back in Year 10?

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueGas View Post
    Is it possible to get into med school if you do well in GAMSAT but the only work experience you have is back in Year 10?
    ye at the nonportfolio unis

    which there are only 2 anyways

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    Re: What's needed to get into a Pathology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Queenroot View Post
    ye at the nonportfolio unis

    which there are only 2 anyways
    Wait so it isn't possible at Usyd then? Even if you do have a few volunteering activities on your resume?

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