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What is the process to becoming a forensic pathologist like?

As another career choice that interests me I was wondering what the process to becoming a forensic pathologist is like.
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Suzanne’s Answer

Hi Catherine, good question. A forensic pathologist (sometimes called a medical examiner) is a pathologist who specializes in helping to solve crimes and unexplained deaths through the study of tissues of people who have died of violent or unexplained causes. To become a pathologist you first finish university where you include pre-medical courses in what you study. This typically takes four years to get your bachelors degree. Then you go to medical school to become a physician which also typically takes four years. The you do a residency in pathology which is 3 or 4 years. At this point you would be a pathologist and qualified to do this kind of work. As you can see it is a long process but can lead to a very interesting career. There are also positions in labs for people who work with pathologists that do not require as much training but can also lead to interesting careers.

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Here is a link from Johns Hopkins University about the different types of pathologists: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/the-pathologist
Also check out this website from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) about jobs in this career field: https://www.ascp.org/content/careers/learn-about-careers
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Tina’s Answer

Hi!

A forensic pathologist must first earn a bachelor's degree, then a medical degree, either an M.D. or D.O. Extensive additional education and training is required, including four to five years of training in anatomic, clinical and/or forensic pathology and a one-year residency or fellowship in forensic pathology.

Go to ExploreHealthCareers.org and search for Forensic Scientist for more detailed information.

Good luck!

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