In keeping with its mission, the Pathology Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital recognizes that its responsibilities and opportunities extend far beyond the hospital itself.
Global Health Overview
Pathology actively seeks out collaboration with the Mass General Program in Global Health, with other Departments within Partners Healthcare, with academic institutions throughout the developed world, and most importantly, with healthcare providers and academics in developing countries. The opportunity for knowledge transfer and improved laboratory diagnostics in the context of global health is especially appealing where small gains can result in large “returns” in the fundamentals of diagnosis and therapy.
The figure below outlines some of the broad opportunities in Global Health available to faculty and members of the Mass General Pathology.
Pathology services are central to the advancement of many disciplines of medicine and surgery. In most developing nations, Pathologists are few in number, and pathology services are dramatically under-resourced. There are enormous opportunities for individual and collective efforts—both small and large, either local or regional— that will enhance research, training, or delivery of pathology services in the developing world. A strong connection between the Mass General and selected institutions overseas will foster collaboration and enrich all. As a world leader in academic Pathology, the Massachusetts General Hospital encourages faculty, trainees, and staff to become involved in our growing Pathology Global Health Program.