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Revitalising an academic pathology department: lessons learnt
  1. Zu-hua Gao,
  2. Edith Zorychta,
  3. Jason Karamchandani,
  4. René P Michel,
  5. Fadi Brimo,
  6. Carlos Telleria,
  7. Sophie Camilleri-Broët,
  8. Manon Auger,
  9. Van-Hung Nguyen,
  10. Alan Spatz
  1. Department of Pathology, McGill University and MGill University Health Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Zu-hua Gao, Department of Pathology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3J1, Canada; zu-hua.gao{at}


Pathology is a specialty that bridges basic medical science and clinical practice. In the era of personalised medicine, this specialty is facing unprecedented challenges. Some of these challenges are institution-specific, while many are shared worldwide at different magnitude. This review shares our team efforts in the past 5  years, 2012–2017, to revitalise a century-old academic pathology department in three aspects: administration, clinical service and academic development. The lessons learnt and insights gained from our experience may provide guidance to leaders in pathology or in other related specialties.

  • histopathology
  • management
  • medical education

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  • Handling editor Tahir S Pillay.

  • Contributors All authors contributed to the planning, conduct and reporting of the work described in the article. All authors contributed to the writing and approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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