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Forensic Pathologist

My Forensics Research Project

Alysssa Martinez

on 17 December 2012

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Forensics Research Project Forensic Pathologist This is a power pointish thing about the things forensic pathologist does.The history of (as in where and how it came about) a forensic pathologist. The working conditions.The schooling it takes to become one. Enjoy. What a Pathologist does! History of a Pathologist. Working Conditions The pathologist is a medical examiner that are specially trained to examine the bodies of people who died. Doesn't matter if they died suddenly, unexpectedly, or were murdered. Not only do they study the bodies. They have to find the reason why they died and the cause. They also have to name the manner of death, (as in Homicide, suicide, accidental, natural, or if it is unknown). Not only do they study the dead bodies, they also study living people. The living people are usually in cases of abuse or sexual assault. When everything is all found out. The Pathologist writes a written report about his/hers findings. They might also have to testify these findings in a court of law. In the addition to knowing the anatomy the pathologist might also dabble in serology (blood analysis) or sometimes toxicology. Hippocrates (A greek physician, he was the founder of scientific medicine) He was the first to deal with the anatomy and the pathology of the human. There little to none recorded examples of real autopsies preformed. A Arabian physician whos name was Avenzoar proved by preformed an autopsy proved that the disease scabies was caused by a parasite. One man who's name was Antonio Benivieni was a Italian physician in the 15th century used anatomic dissection to determine the cause of death. He also intoduced necropsy (which is doing an autopsy that is on an animal) into the medical field. There are many other men that helped pathology grow and advance into the pathology we have today. A pathologist works for cities, counties, and states. They can work at medical schools, federal government agencies or in commercial laboratories, they done necessarily work for the police. Pathologists' often work from 10-12 hour days. This includes traveling to the crime scenes. They spend most of their days in the lab. Preforming autopsies and examining specimens. If you cannot find them at the scene of the crime, or in the lab they are in the office typing and writing up and preparing reports. Working as a pathologist can be emotionally draining, this is because they see death in there own eyes, they see the bloodiest of crime scenes. It can also be satisfying because they get to bring closure to families. Schooling To be a forensic pathologist you need your Doctor of Medicine (M.D). To become one it takes 13 years to become qualified once you completed high school. This is four years of undergraduate training, four years of medical school, four years of residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and one year of forensic pathology fellowship. In school you take countless exams..the failure rate is very high. The hardest part of becoming a forensic pathologist is getting into a medical school. To gain entry it requires that you studied hard in high school and got good grades. It also requires that you have an amazing application to the school of your choice. Once you are in an college you have to take the right corses to get into the med school. When you get into med school you tailor towards autopsy pathology in your first year. This gives you the chance to see if pathology is really right for you as a career. THE END I picked this topic because this is what I plan on doing in the future. I know this is a lot of work. It seems that its school, more school, and even more school! I am willing to take this chance to get into this field because i love the fact of me helping other people getting a peace of mind. I hope you enjoyed this presentation and baring with me. Thank you!
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