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Introduction to specialty

The histopathology trainee posts allow trainees to develop skills in line with the Royal College of Pathology curriculum whilst being supported by the cellular pathology department. Learning opportunities and service commitments are dependent on the grade of the trainee. Support is offered from the educational supervisor, who collates feedback from other consultants, meets with the trainee regularly often informally and gives regular feedback.

Why train and learn in this specialty at East Kent?

We get cases from all NHS hospitals and GP surgeries in East Kent.  We cover a wide range of specimens from all organ systems except neuropathology and medical renal biopsies.  We are a very busy department which means there is lots of exposure to wide ranging pathology cases both neoplastic and non-neoplastic.  The training is one to one apprentice style; cases are reported with a consultant on double headed microscopes.  The level of cut up supervision depends on the level of previous training.  All biopsies are transferred by biomedical scientists and most of the routine specimens are handled by our advanced practitioners.  Most of the cancer and complicated specimens are handled by pathologists/pathology trainees.  We are subspecialised into organ systems and trainees are divided into a rota of subspecialties.  The trainees make their own rota so that they can cover most of the things on offer here during their tenure.  We also have lots of autopsies and all autopsy consultants are happy for trainees to join.  There are lots of group teaching sessions on multiheader microscope and also online locally and on a regional level.  We aim for at least one a week.  There are lots of audit projects in the pipeline trainees can join.  Teaching opportunities are also there for the Kent and Medway Medical school.

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East Kent Histopathology

What our students and trainees say 

"I’m Sushma Hosamane, a Trust Doctor (ST3) in Cellular Pathology at William Harvey Hospital, East Kent Hospitals University. Even though I was very keen on working and training in the UK, as an IMG I was quite apprehensive about moving from the comfort of my home country to a new continent altogether. However, the cellular pathology department has made me feel so welcome from day one. The work environment though busy is very healthy and my colleagues in the department are so supportive, understanding and helpful that it made my transition to the new system very smooth. I love that the work ethic is good and everything is so systematic with protocols in place to eliminate any confusion. I couldn’t have chosen a better place to kick-start my career in the UK!"

ST3 Doctor

"My name is Aislin Francis, I am an ST1 at William Harvey Hospital. Our department is such a lovely place to work, everyone is approachable regardless of seniority and there’s always lots of laughs. The variety of pathology we have come through the department is amazing and you never find yourself short of a new case to learn from. There are also many opportunities for teaching, audit and management."

ST1 Doctor

"My name is Ore Suleiman, I am a trust grade (ST3) doctor at William Harvey Hospital. I have been working here for over a year now. After working here for a while I made the decision to apply for a training number. I received lots of support in my application and before my interview, keep your fingers crossed as I wait to hear back! The support I have received is evident day to day from consultant reporting to help leading up to FRCPath exams."

ST3 Doctor

Sushma Hosamane
Sushma Hosamane, ST3
Aislin Francis
Aislin Francis, ST1
Ore Suleiman
Ore Suleiman, ST3
Dr Nipin Bagla

Nipin Bagla

Histopathology LFG lead

Histopathology office-

Danielle Bruce

Danielle Bruce

Medical Education Administrator


Q. How heavy is the cut up for trainees?

A. It is heavy for the department but most is done by BMS/Advanced practitioners.  Therefore, the cut up for trainees is mainly “interesting cases” and that too we try to never extend it beyond 2 hours a day.

Q. What are the working hours for trainees?

A. 9-5, with lunch and tea breaks. 40 hours a week.  No weekend or on-call.

Q. Are there autopsies?

A. Our department is one of the most prolific department for autopsy training in the London/KSS region.

Q. Provision for leaves?

A.: There has never been a problem in fulfilling study and other leave requests subject to entitlement.


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