This article discusses what to do if you are being laid off / terminated from a pathologist position.  It was contributed by a pathologist in the Southern U.S. who wants to remain anonymous.  The views expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily of (Editor’s note)





Helping yourself:

  1. Apply for unemployment compensation.
  2. Be professional!  Don't "burn bridges".  Any new employer is very likely to communicate with your former employer.  Leave in such a way…if possible…that all "loose ends" are tied up.  Finish cases; notify, where rules require, of your change in status; resign from any hospital staff if you are supposed to.
  3. Self Assessment: Is anything about your qualifications (think of them being presented in a courtroom) which need repair or bolstering?
  4. Personality and interpersonal relationships: Although pathologists are thought of as introverted, some practices relate quite strongly with clinical physicians and community leaders and may require a more extroverted talent.  Are you self-aware as to relational factors; do you need any coaching or work in this area? 
  5. Goals: Was there any mismatch between your concept of a pathology career and that of your former employer?  Were you more dedicated or less dedicated than employer leaders?
  6. "Troubledwith" website at  See the column titled "transitions" and the subheading underneath it, "changing jobs" (or click here). 


Helping you (Professional Outplacement Services):

  1. Professional outplacement services.
  2. Attorney (to help you with any type of employment separation agreement) and CPA/Accountant.
  3. The departing group's practice management consultant, group manager, or group administrative assistant can likely be a great help to you; be sure to get permission from the group for such help.
  4. Secretary to the Medical Staff: the person supplying this function in any hospitals with which you had privileges can be a help when subsequent letters of reference are requested.


Possible job sources:

1.      Practicing pathology (as employee or **independent contractor):

  1. Teaching: Consider teaching possibilities with local or other medical schools.
  2. Fellowships: Consider obtaining a fellowship position in some area of pathology while you consider your alternatives and revamp yourself. 
  3. Placement agencies:

5.      Non-laboratory jobs:

  1. Non-specifically checking job listings:


** Independent contractors hold forth solicitation for business for more than one client, perform in an independent fashion, and must assure their own tax and other withholdings, business expenses, etc. 


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