Crystal Leung- Pathologists’ Assistant

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1. What year did you graduate secondary school?
– 2002

2. What is your current job title?
– Pathologists’ Assistant

3. Where and for whom do you currently work for now?
– Durham, North Carolina, USA
Duke University Health System – Surgical Pathology Laboratory

4. What inspired you to pursue your career?
– Interests in Sciences, especially anatomy and pathology. Bachelor’s in Medical Laboratory Science led me to work in the Histology Lab where I was exposed to human lungs and hearts specimens and sparked my interests in examining diseased organs.

5. What do you love about your career?
– That I play a behind the scene role in patient care and that what I do ultimately helps with the diagnosis of the patients’ illness and the subsequent treatments they receive. I love that every day is different, challenging, and I get to see a variety of diseases in different human organs. This is also a life-long learning career. I also enjoy the teaching of students and residents how to dissect specimens.

6. Any negatives about your job to share?

7. What characteristics are ideal for someone pursuing your career?
– Attention to details, efficient, flexible and adaptable, willingness to continue to learn throughout the career, interests in anatomy and the human body, comfortable with handling human organs and human cadavers

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