Pathologist Assistant Nicole Angemi, (@mrs_angemi)

Pathologist Assistant Nicole Angemi, (@mrs_angemi)

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Have you ever wondered how it is like to be inside of an autopsy room? Pathology Assistant known as @mrs_angemi with her 1.4 Million followers on Instagram brings us behind the scenes of what it is like to Mortui Vivos Docent... learn from the dead. 


I first decided to become a Pathologist assistant when I was working in the hospital as a cytotechnologist. One day everyone was freaking out about a smell in the hallway. I went over to see what all the commotion was about.

 
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I was like, wait a second, there’s legs in the refrigerator on this other side of the wall that I didn’t even know about.
 

They said the leg refrigerator was leaking and I was like, "What do you mean the leg refrigerator is leaking?"

I see this refrigerator that looks like it should be in a pizza shop filled with soda and stuff like that, and here they are saying it's the leg refrigerator!

Here there was just a bunch of legs stored up in there - in red bio-hazard bags. That's what the smell was coming from. It was just like decomposing legs!!!

 
 

I walked over into this pathology lab, I didn't really even know existed, and I saw this giant ovary on a cart. I saw someone was cutting an appendix on a cutting board - my mind was blown.

I never knew that existed. I think it's weird. I mean, now it's normal to me, but I thought it was the craziest thing ever. Here the refrigerator broke, so it was leaking like smelly decomposing leg smell, and that's what it was. Here I'm working in a cubicle behind that wall for two years, and there's legs on the other side of this wall the whole time. It just was kind of creepy to me.

Then I decided, "Oh my God I'm going to go work over there now." I don't really want to look at slides under the microscope anymore, this stuff so much cooler.

Everyone tried to talk me out of it. They said, "You have this really cushy job right now, you work in a cubicle, you're clean, you look at slides all day. Why would you want to open colons full of poop? And why would you want to be covered in blood all day? You don't want to do this." And I said, "Yes I do."

 
Katie Duke, MSN ACNP-BC

Katie Duke, MSN ACNP-BC

Mohammad J. Deen, Humanitarian and Anesthetist in Training

Mohammad J. Deen, Humanitarian and Anesthetist in Training