H. James Williams, M.D.
Board Certification:Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Medical School:The University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Residency:Bethesda Naval Hospital
Special Clinical/Research Interests: Patient care and pathology education for medical students and residents.
Is there a particular population of students (e.g., ethnicity, spiritual, sexual orientation) that you would particularly like to advise?
Medical students interested in pathology as a career/residency choice.
What does a typical day in the life of a Pathologist include?
Anatomic pathologists diagnose disease by examination of gross specimens, microscopic examination of tissue sections and cytologic preparation. They also provide intraoperative consultations and post-mortem (autopsy) examinations. Clinical pathologists are responsible for the tests performed in the Clinical Laboratory and often have additional fellowship training in some aspect of Clinical Pathology (i.e. Microbiology, Blood Bank, etc.).
What is the biggest challenge of being a Pathologist?
Pathologists are the disease experts requiring extensive knowledge in all areas of medical practice with emphasis on diagnosis.
How do you foresee Pathology changing over the next 20 years?
The diagnosis and selection of optimal treatment with continue to be impacted by Molecular Pathology which will challenge pathologists to keep up with the ever increasing new knowledge and technology. The need for pathologists will be increasing with our aging population.
What advice would you give a student who is considering a Pathology residency?
Pathology is the foundation of medicine that presents ongoing opportunities and challenges. To be a good pathologist, one must first be a good clinician as the correct diagnosis requires taking into consideration the whole patient.