Core Competencies

Patient Care
Demonstrates a satisfactory level of diagnostic competence and the ability to provide appropriate and effective consultation in the context of Pathology services including: effective communication with patients and families; ability to gather essential and accurate information about the patient from all available sources; makes informed decisions based on current scientific evidence and clinical judgment; uses information technology to support patient care decisions and education of patients and other health care workers; performs competently all technical and invasive procedures essential for the practice of pathology; develops appropriate diagnoses or differential diagnoses; works with other health care professionals to provide patient-focused care.

Medical Knowledge
Demonstrates knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate (epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and applies this knowledge to patient care; demonstrates an investigative and analytic approach to problems; consults appropriately in complicated problems; is familiar with the pathology literature; has a sound knowledge of laboratory management including implementation of all applicable safety regulations and sound fiscal management; is an effective consultant to clinicians.

Practice Based Learning and Improvement
Investigates, evaluates and improves laboratory and medical practice and medical knowledge on an ongoing basis; participates in quality assurance and quality improvement procedures; appraises and assimilates evidence from scientific studies; applies knowledge of study design and statistical methods to appraisal of clinical and pathologic studies; uses information technology to manage information and to support continuing education activities; facilitates learning of students and other health care professionals; is receptive to new ideas.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Demonstrates skills that result in effective information exchange and team building with patients, patients’ families, and professional associates; expresses ideas and positions clearly both orally and in writing; ensures that reports are complete and up to date; keeps thorough and accurate records; is objective, frank, and concise; is an effective listener; works effectively with other members of the health care team; gives clearly defined orders and administrative directives.

Demonstrates a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to diverse patient populations; carries out duties with dispatch and thoroughness; is prompt and well-prepared for conferences and teaching assignments; assumes delegated responsibility; demonstrates stability in critical situations; demonstrates respect, compassion and integrity; is responsive to needs of patients and society at a level t-Qat supercedes self-interest; is committed to excellence and on-going professional development.

System-Based Practice
Demonstrates awareness of the role of pathology in large medical systems and public health; is able to call on system resources to provide pathology services that are of optimal value; understands the reciprocal interaction of pathology practice with that of other health care professionals, health care organizations, and the larger society; demonstrates knowledge of different types of health care delivery systems including federal, state, and local laboratory regulations, billing, and compliance issues; practices cost-effective health care and resource allocation without compromising quality.