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What Internships should I look at to help me become a future Pathologists?

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I am starting at a trade school, as a pharmacy Technician and want to pursue this career and was wondering what internships I should keep an eye for in the distant future.

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Hassan’s Answer

According to https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/coroner/washington.html in Washington State, "To be appointed as a medical examiner pursuant to this section, a person must either be: (1) Certified as a forensic pathologist by the American board of pathology; or (2) a qualified physician eligible to take the American board of pathology exam in forensic pathology within one year of being appointed. A physician specializing in pathology who is appointed to the position of medical examiner and who is not certified as a forensic pathologist must pass the pathology exam within three years of the appointment. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 36.24.190."

https://www.knkx.org/news/2021-04-27/big-reforms-coming-to-coroner-medical-examiner-offices-in-washington has some interesting info on an upcoming change to the WA laws regulating coroners and medical examiners.

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Zohra’s Answer

Hi Matthew,

I did an internship in Pathology one summer whilst in high School, and before changing my career, I was accepted into Medical School and hold a Biochemistry degree and 2 research publications. My advice is go to hospitals near you and ask to volunteer and shadow with a Pathologist to see if this truly is a career of interest for you. Build rapport with your preceptor and get a good letter of recommendation to use when your ready to apply to medical school, provided you've take the pre-requisites.

All Pathologists are Medical Doctors, so you'll need your pre-med classes and MCATs to be able to apply to Medical School. The journey is long, a lot of hard work, but worthwhile if this is something you're passionate about.

Start with shadowing a Pathologist at a nearby hospital.

Good luck!

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Jacqueline’s Answer

I would think the nearest Veteran's Hospital can help as well. Pathologists are needed in that hospital.
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