Kristine Krafts

Why I created Pathology Student

I love to teach. And write. It’s kind of weird to go through med school and a pathology residency (along with fellowships in hematopathology and molecular pathology) and end up “just” teaching. People think it’s a little weird (“Why don’t you do real pathology?”) but I don’t really care, because I love my job just the way it is. Here’s more about what I’ve done, if you want an official CV.

I realized after a few years of teaching that one of the things I really enjoy is the freedom I have to teach the way I want. I can make my material organized, clean, and straightforward so that students don’t have to spend a ton of time decoding it, re-organizing it, and trying to figure it all out. That’s a waste of what little time students have (I know, because I vividly remember doing this myself as a student). I can also give it a nice design and make it fun. Why should something so interesting be presented in a dull, boring way? It is really rewarding to be able to save students time and hassle so they can actually learn and understand pathology.

In 2009, I decided to make Pathology Student so I could help students anywhere learn pathology in a fun and easy way, without the typical academic obfuscation and posturing. I started writing Path Bites, a daily email newsletter that takes just a few minutes to read but contains high-yield stuff, so students could keep up on their path in a painless way. That led to writing books, and a little neuropath course, and other stuff that I haven’t revealed yet.

I hope you find a lot of useful pathology information here on Pathology Student. My goal is to spread the path love to as many people – students, residents, physicians, interested people of all types – as possible. Pathology is really cool – and learning about it should be fun!

How to use Pathology Student

There are a few things you may want to do in addition to checking in on the website:

1. Sign up to receive Pathology Student posts by email.

Every time I post something, you’ll get a short notification email

2. Sign up to receive Path Bites.

This is a Monday-through-Friday email consisting of a small pathology tidbit, sometimes with a photo. This is a great way to keep up on your path with minimal time investment.

3. Download the free “Top 10 Anemias to Know for Boards” study guide.

It’s a nice little summary of, well, the ten anemias you should make sure you know for boards. Or for any pathology course. You can find out more here.

4. Check out our other helpful pathology stuff:

5. Follow us on the internets:

How to contact me

Feel free to contact me at with comments on this blog – or with questions about pathology in general. You can also check in at twitterfacebook or tumblr.

Happy Studying!

– Kristine

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