2020 has been many things to many people but for me, one of the unquestionable positives to come from the past 8 months has been the emergence of what seems like a Cambrian Explosion in pathology podcasting. I would like to describe a few of the wonderful programs which have allowed pathology to dominate my relaxation as much as it does my professional life.
I should first address my conflict of interest by stating that I have served as a guest on this podcast and hold it to be one of my favorite experiences of my path to pathology. Even before I was on the show however I still held it in high regard and can’t believe it has only existed since the end of April 2020. Through its mix of quiz shows, interviews, and pathology news this podcast is truly a 1 stop shop for anyone interested in the world of pathology. Additionally, much like my own work on this website where I try to address serious issues in pathology and medicine more generally through an exploration of entertaining subject matter like TV shows the hosts humor and overall positive attitude provide vital sweetness in swallowing key points. Very personally both from listening and even more so from participating I am now fully convinced that pathologists are my people just in time for the application cycle.
- Deeper Levels
March 30th, 2020 saw the emergence of this podcast. While it lacks the overt humor and energy of the PathPod the issues it covers are equally vital. While it initially emerged so many podcasts to comment on the COVID epidemic the show quickly expanded to address a broad range of areas within Pathology including burnout, education, diversity, and myriad others. One caveat is that unlike many podcasts where one can relax and turn one’s mind off starting any episode of Deeper Levels requires preparing oneself to pay full attention. With that, one should not anticipate drudgery simply be aware that the level of discussion and research requires full respect.
- People of Pathology
This is yet another podcast doing the important work of sharing pathology with a broader audience. While I have not yet explored every episode unlike the other two podcasts, it has already offered me a number of very valuable insights and moments. Perhaps the most significant of these was their interview with Dr. Dana Razzano who opened my eyes to the critical role pathologists can and should play in global health. This is the most technical of the three series explored in this piece and so offers the most practical insights for thinking about life and the various roles who collaborate to make modern pathology function.