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Medical Examiner

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Kayla Pendergrass

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Medical Examiner Responsibilities Job Description Specially trained to:

- Perform autopsies to determine the presence or absence of disease, injury or poisoning; to evaluate historical and law-enforcement investigative information relating to manner of death

- Collect medical evidence

- Reconstruct how a person received injuries

Also must be trained in traditional medicine and other areas such as:
-Toxicology
-Firearms Examination
-Trace Evidence (Ex: Fibers, hair, soil, wood, gunshot residue, pollen, etc)
-Forensic Serology (determination of the type and characteristics of blood) Schooling Step 1: High School Diploma
Step 2: Complete college and get Bachelor's Degree in pathology/forensic science/chemistry/biology/etc.
Step 3: Complete Medical School and aquire MD (Doctor of Medicine) or DO (Doctor of Osteopathy)
Step 4: Enter a residency program in pathology - 5 year process
Step 5: Take (and pass) exam to become board certified in pathology

Overall, 8-13 yrs of schooling after
High School. Where to work? and Salary? Medical Examiners are usually employed by the state, government, military, or medical schools. Meaning, they can work in hospitals, Office of M.E., coroner's office, pathology lab, etc. Pros and Cons Pros:
-Great pay
-Every day is different
-Your job is very important for the Police Dept
-The time goes by (busy) Biology/Pathology Major 5 Schools that offer Biology Major: (Undergrad)
- University of Southern California
- University of California Davis
- University of Kansas
- University of Arkansas
- Evangel University Which to Attend? Why? University of Southern California
- World-class academic and professional programs
- 13 different undergrad/graduate programs to choose from
- 150 majors to choose from
- Highly respected faculty on campus -- 3 faculty with Nobel Prize, 1 with Pulitzer Prize, 2 with Emmy Awards, etc...
- 750+ on-campus organizations Kayla Pendergrass
0B Mizelle A sub specialist in pathology whose area of expertise is the examination of persons who die sudden, unexpected or violent death. The forensic pathologist is an expert in determining cause and manner of death.

Described as investigative, social, enterprising, and realistic, meaning you need the ability to pay attention to detail, able to start and complete projects on your own, be able to communicate and educate others, and to not be biased in your assessment of the facts you uncover. Salary: M.E.'s can make anywhere between $91,000 to $225,000 a year. Amount of pay depends on factors such as location, workplace (hospital, M.E. office, crime lab...), and ranking.

Average State Salaries- Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2010)
New York: $155,550
Nevada: $223,350
South Dakota: $222,780
Florida: $195,280
California: $191,650
Texas: $175,680 Cons:
-Smells bad
-Always with the same people
-Many schooling requirements
- Lots of paperwork 5 Schools that offer Pathology: (Graduate)
- USC: Keck School of Medicine
- UC Davis (Forensic Science)
- University of Washington
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Boston University Fun Facts
- Great athletics program. USC has 115 team national champs, 363 individual NCAA titles. Alumni: 446 NFL pros, 100 MLB pros, 48 NBA/WNBA pros, 418 olympic athletes - 135 of those with gold metals.
- Many luminaries attended USC, including Lisa Leslie (olympic basketball), Forest Whitaker (actor), John Wayne (actor), Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon), and Will Farrell (actor).
- The USC marching band is the only one in the United States that has earned a platinum record. In fact, the band’s earned two. Cost 2012-13 Undergrad Annual Cost of Attendance-
Tuition and Fees: $44,463
Room and Board: $12,440
Miscellaneous expenses and transportation: $1,480
Books and Supplies: $1,500
Total: $59,883

Since it is very expensive, over 60% of students received some kind of financial aid and the USC spent $389 million on financial aid in 2012-2013. Citations "Forensic Science Careers." Medical Examiners Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <http://www.forensicsciencecareers.net/medical-examiner/education.html>.

"Forensic Serology." Forensic Serology. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2012. <http://www.forensic-medecine.info/forensic-serology.html>.

"Medical Examiner Salary." Salary Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2012. <http://www.salaryblog.org/1084/medical-examiner-salary/>.

"Pathologist Jobs." What Are the Pros and Cons of Becoming a Medical Examiner? How about a Pathologist? N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2012. <http://classicpathologistjobswatch.blogspot.com/2011/03/what-are-pros-and-cons-of-becoming.html>.

"Trace Evidence." National Institute of Justice. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2012. <http://www.nij.gov/topics/forensics/evidence/trace/trace.htm>.
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