FOR PATHOLOGISTS AND OTHERS wanting to sharpen their skills in lab management and administration, there is a new resource. Laboratory Administration for Pathologists has just been published by the CAP Press.
It has been long-recognized within the pathology profession that university training emphasizes clinical knowledge and skills. Thus, most pathologists, as they finish their residency and fellowships, have not received the desired level of education in laboratory administration and management.
This new book is designed to help pathologists and others advance their understanding and skills in laboratory administration. This project is a direct result of the ongoing involvement of the three authors—each of whom is a pathologist—to teach pathology residents the essentials of laboratory management and administration. The three authors are:
- Elizabeth A. Wagar, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Laboratory Medicine at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas;
- Richard E. Horowitz, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California; and
- Gene P. Siegal, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pathology at the UAB Health System, University of Alabama at Birmingham, in Birmingham, Alabama.
In the preface, the authors write that the purpose of the book is to provide pathologists and others “with an overview of the fundamentals of management and leadership” that are unique to medical laboratories. The book puts particular emphasis on the “specific role and responsibility of the pathologists in directing the laboratory.”
The 14 sections of this book cover the range of responsibilities and activities required to manage a clinical laboratory. Seven other pathologists contributed to certain of these sections. The authors recognize the increased complexity of the modern laboratory. Not only is the technology utilized in lab testing more complex, but rapid advances in information technology and new management paradigms require a different administrative approach than what was common a decade ago.
For pathologists and lab administrators wanting to advance their personal knowledge and skills, this book is organized as a practical and comprehensive guide.