Welcome to this edition of the FSP member spotlight. Every month we will highlight a different FSP member who is doing exciting things in the field of pathology. This month we are excited to feature Kritika Krishnamurthy, MD, who has been a member since 2017 and is very active within the society. Recently, Dr. Krishnamurthy was nominated to serve on the newly developed FSP Resident and Fellow Committee. Dr. Krishnamurthy currently serves in the Hematopathology Rotation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
Kritika Krishnamurthy, MD
3rd Year Resident,
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Miami Beach, Florida
What is your current role?
I am a third year resident at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida. I am currently in my Hematopathology rotation, examining bone marrow then signing out all the Hematopathology cases. In addition, I also present to the tumor board and help my junior residents troubleshoot.
What is the best part of your occupation?
I love every aspect of my job. I love teaching my junior residents and students that rotate through the department. I love being actively involved in diagnostic medicine, patient care and doing small research projects with my attending residents.
How did you become interested in pathology?
I was always interested in molecular pathology from a very early age. During my thesis on epigenetics of lung cancer, I realized I had to combine anatomical pathology with molecular pathology to advance in the field. Hence, I started my residency in AP/CP. However, once I started, I fell in love with AP!
How did you become involved with the FSP?
I became involved in Florida Society of Pathologist on the advice of my chairman Dr Poppiti, who encourages his residents to participate in all the FSP meeting and events. I feel we have a strong state pathology society. Participation in FSP advances our knowledge not only in the field of pathology, but also in terms of career path and future prospects.
Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP
I have benefited from FSP in innumerable ways. Apart from attending lectures from expert speakers (who are always giving sessions in FSP), the microscopic sessions at FSP are really educative for residents. The career fair and group sessions with experts in the field help us plan and advance our career. The poster and newly introduced platform sessions provide an opportunity to present our work then get valuable feedback from experts in the field. Additionally, we always have lucky draws at FSP and often walk away with great books and even tablets.
What would you like to see occur in the field of pathology (i.e., scientific advances, greater awareness of the field, etc.) during your career?
I would like to see greater awareness of pathology among the non-pathologist. There seems to be very little understanding of what a career in pathology entails and how integral a pathologist is in patient care. This needs to change. Especially considering that in modern medicine, very little can be achieved in the clinics without lab tests and tissue diagnosis. With the advent of molecular medicine, therapy appears to almost completely be dictated by the pathologists report. Yet, there is so little awareness even among the medical community on the role of the pathologist!
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I like to play tennis, dance and travel the world!
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I am actually an introvert!
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