Forensic Pathology

By: Sydney Kusterman

What does the forensic pathologist do?

The forensic pathologist are also called medical examiners. They examine the bodies of people with an unexplainable death. They are the people who determine what was is that killed the victim. They must do this through looking at medical history, crime scenes, autopsy's, and further evidence that has been collected.

Training/ Level of Degree Required to be A forensic pathologist

In order to become a forensic pathologist there is a lot of training and schooling required. But along with the long training and hard work there also comes a big salary; from $100,000-$500,000 a year. A minimum of thirteen years of schooling is required after high school. A forensic pathologist must be skilled in many area's of science being the many are required. They must be able to communicate their findings to others, and not get grossed out by gross things, they also must be confident in their findings. In the thirteen years of schooling, four years of medical school are required, four years of college before that, at least years of training in the field, one year residency, and a board certification.

Type of analyses Done

The forensic pathologist examines the victim for which the cause of death is uncertain. In that they must perform many different tests. This could include, but are not limited to, DNA testing, blood testing, and being able to understand weapons that could be used to kill the victim. They also may have perform tests relating to whether a victim has been poisoned or not. After evaluating a body this scientist must write up a report, and if needed testify in court their findings.