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I am the US Anatomical / Clinical Pathologist (resident or fellow) and I am concerned about the severe oversupply of Pathologists in our country. The glut is a consequence of mergers and acquisitions, the relegating of administrative and Clinical Pathology duties to non-MD staff, the trend of older Pathologists to remain on the job and retire at later ages, and most of all, the overproduction of new Pathologists by teaching hospitals that keep cranking out large numbers of freshly-minted Pathologists regardless of the market needs.

We expect that the new GME bill will be introduced in 2019/20 and will result in an increase of GME funding for all specialties in near future. Our “leaders” in academic Pathology are, however, not content with just a general increase of GME posts, which would increase the number of training spots in Pathology simply due to trickle-down effect. They have already gone a step further by adding Pathology to the list of specialties in short supply and will push for additional slots under the new legislation (see links below).

We understand that teaching hospitals need federal funds; however, these should not be obtained by training physicians for positions that do not exist.

We respectfully demand that the training of new Pathologists be cut by at least one-half. The foreseeable future will not require more than 300 new Pathologists per year. This means that no more than 300 PGY1 positions should be allocated to Pathology residencies. The remaining 300 PGY1 positions currently reserved for Pathologists should be given to specialties where a shortage actually does exist and is not fabricated for the purpose of obtaining Medicare funds and cheap labor of residents. You can read more at:

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