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American Osteopathic College of Pathologists, Inc.  

General Information

The College's membership consists of practicing and retired osteopathic pathologists, as well as other physicians, scientists, technologists, and lay persons who are interested in the practice of pathology. Organized in 1954, the College has an annual didactic and business meeting in the fall, usually held in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association's Annual Convention and Scientific Seminar.

Pathologists are physicians who have specialized in the "study of diseases". Although many people think all pathologists are forensic pathologists (medical examiners), most practice in hospitals and laboratories. What do pathologists do? They examine biopsies (samples of tissue) to determine what disease is occurring, they examine cytologic specimens such as Pap smears, they ensure quality laboratory work is being performed on your blood tests, they ensure that blood transfusions are performed safely, they develop and interpret new laboratory test procedures, and, yes, they occasionally perform autopsies. If you would like to learn more about the practice of pathology, see the Links page.

The College's objectives are to maintain the highest moral and ethical standards in education, research, and training in the practice of pathology; to develop and promote the application of the osteopathic concept in the field of pathology; to evaluate, determine, and establish methods, requirements, and procedures in the education of osteopathic physicians in the field of pathology; to insure that all programs conducted under the auspices of the College are in accord with the adopted policies of the American Osteopathic Association; and to study and promote such other arts and sciences as will improve the practice of pathology.

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American Osteopathic College of Pathologists
142 E Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611-8224
Tel: (312) 202-8197
Fax: (312) 202-8224