Christa Cassalman

Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist

H.Bsc, CT/MLT and MD

What are the roles and responsibilities in your current position?

I am a full time Pathologist in a medium sized hospital. We are responsible for coordinating care for patients by providing diagnosis for patients based on test ordered and procedures performed by other doctors. We work in the lab and are often responsible for many departments such as Chemistry, Blood bank, Microbiology, Hematology and Histology. We work at the microscopic level to make diagnosis, and grade and stage disease. I also work as the Medical Staff Executive President which means I have a seat on the hospital board and am I help lead and guide the medical staff in their relationships with the hospital and with each other.

What barriers did you have to overcome to succeed?

I think most of the barriers I have met so far are the ones that are common to many; gender bias, cultural bias, financial barriers to higher education. I am working to help others find solutions to these barriers, so that perhaps their path may be easier and less convoluted than mine!

What is your advice for healthcare students?

I was once told by a mentor that ‘if you want to be great, surround yourself with others who are great” for me this meant seeking out people that where in positions that I saw myself in. Approaching those who I thought would share advice and offer encouragement and help point me in the right direction. A lot of times we do not even know where to look for help and resources. If you can find someone that you respect and hope to emulate then ask away!

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