Here are some examples of questions you might want to ask at the job interview. (For a more in-depth guide to asking questions in a job interview click here.) Don't feel obligated to ask about all of these at the first interview. See what the mood is like and use your discretion.

Job Responsibilities

  • Anatomic Pathology: What types of specimens will I be signing out? (Everything? subspecialty only? Cytology? Paps? Hemepath? Will I need to perform FNAs?
  • Clinical Pathology: What responsibilities? Is there CP call? Blood bank? Heme, chemistry, micro, etc.?
  • What types of CP call questions/problems would I have to deal with?
  • How often is the call?
  • Is there someone I can call for backup help with during a call?
  • How many cases per year will I be signing out?
  • Is everyone signing out everything or are some areas subspecialty sign out?
  • Are there autopsy responsibilities?
  • Will I only be signing out in this hospital or will I be traveling to other hospitals/facilities?
    • How far away are those other facilities?
  • Frozen section responsibilities? How often? Resident cutting vs. me cutting?
  • Any grossing responsibilities?
  • What are my teaching responsibilities? Will I give lectures to residents? Medical students?
  • What is expected of me in terms of research? Do they offer funding for research?


  • What computer system do they use for pathology? (Cerner, CoPath, etc.)
  • Do I dictate my cases and someone transcribes vs. type in yourself vs. voice recognition system, etc?
  • What's the electronic medical record like for looking up patient histories? cumbersome?
  • Are cases only from the inpatient hospital or from outpatient settings as well?
  • Do people show each other cases often? informally vs. a formal process?
  • What's the workflow like? (are you on bigs or small for a week, vs doing everything everyday?)
  • Is there a consensus conference?
  • Do they send out difficult/controversial cases to another institution? If so, which one?

The People

  • How many faculty are new versus senior?
  • What is the faculty turnover like? (are people often leaving?)

The Details

  • What are the average hours like? What time do people come in and leave?
  • How many days off service per year?
  • How many administrative days per year?
  • Is there a book/educational/CME fund?
  • How many conferences can I go to per year?
  • How many weeks vacation time?
  • Salary?
  • Health insurance? Dental? Vision?
  • Retirement plan?
  • Life insurance?
  • Moving stipend?
  • If applicable: Is there a partnership track? How long until I'm able to make partner? Is there a buy in process?
  • What's the cost of living like here?
  • Where do most people live?
  • What are the schools districts like?