FORENSIC PATHOLOGY

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Forensic pathologists are for mostly medical professionals who generally specialize in pathology (the study of diseases in the body). Only recently have specific forensic pathology training programs emerged, due to the realization by the justice system of the need for full-time forensic

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Forensic PathologyFORENSIC PATHOLOGYBy: Kirsten Medina3rd PeriodForensic PathologyForensic pathologists are for mostly medical professionalswho generally specialize in pathology (the study of diseases in the body). Only recently have specific forensic pathology training programs emerged, due to the realization by thejustice system of the need for full-time forensicpathologists. Forensic pathologists are a combination of adoctor and a detective. They work with legal and crimedepartments to help find out the cause of death when it hasbeen disputed, such as in cases of murder or suicide.Although the general skills required to be a forensicpathologist are practically the same as a clinicalpathologist, there are considerable differences in the nature of work that is carried out. The end result that forensicpathologists are trying to achieve is the completion andsolving of a criminal case through the judicial process.Education RequirementsForensic pathologists are required to obtaineither a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or aDoctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). M.D. and D.O.degree programs are offered at medicalschools and take four years to complete.Medical school admission is competitive andusually requires a bachelor's degree withmath and science coursework. University of Texas Southwestern MedicalCenterBaylor College of MedicineIncome PotentialThe average forensic pathologist salary,depending on years of experience,l

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