Not every pathologists' assistant is trained in a formal program.
The AAPA is working with organized pathology to endorse the pathologists' assistant concept.
The AAPA maintains a job hot line through a volunteer member who is a working pathologists' assistant.
Experience as a pathologists' assistant can serve as an effective springboard to other careers.
Despite formal training programs graduating pathologists' assistants (PAs) since 1969, only a small amount of literature exists regarding the PA profession.
The study was a cross-sectional sample of 1169 PAs who were registered as fellow members of the American Association of Pathologists' Assistants (AAPA) from August 22, 2011 to September 19, 2011.
Pathologists' assistants were informed of the purpose of the survey, and how the information was intended to be disseminated, via e-mail notification.
Pathologists' assistants currently have a variety of laboratory administration and management responsibilities, and oversight of the technical staff in surgical pathology is a natural extension of these responsibilities.
We have evaluated and completed phased implementation of VRT for use by pathologists' assistants
, residents, and attending pathologists on our general and subspecialty surgical pathology services.
The survey instrument was a self-administered, mailed, voluntary, anonymous questionnaire designed by the study investigators, which included items modified from the annual national pathologists' assistant survey conducted by the AAPA for organizational purposes.
0% reported obtaining their training through completion of a pathologists' assistant training program, and 27.
A summary of the responses to a question regarding the mechanism of respondent introduction to the pathologists' assistant profession is shown in Table 2.