Factors that influenced my decision to become a surgical pathologist are presented below. Early childhood experience shaped my interest in epidemiology and public health. Formal education at Johns Hopkins Medical School cemented my decision to become a surgical pathologist and elective time with pioneers in the field of surgical pathology sealed my career choice. As a mentor, I have tried to teach residents and fellows how to practice pathology, not merely how to make a diagnosis.
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Published Online First 26 May 2006
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