Should Pathologists Meet with Patients?

Should Pathologists Meet with Patients?  It’s an interesting question.  If you haven’t already, read this CAP Today article by Karen Titus about Melinda Lewis, MD called When pathologists meet patients—lessons from one FNA practice.

Wow, this article may sway your opinion.  Here is a quick exert…

“Emotionally, this can take a toll. “In the laboratory, looking at an organ, you may be detached from what the patient is going through. So when you come face to face with it, it can be draining,” Dr. Lewis says. But even then, there’s an upside. “The patient is so relieved to know what’s going on, it trumps any emotions you might have,” she says.”