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Transcript of Medical Examiner
The salary of a medical examiner can range from anywhere between $105,000 to $500,000
The forensic pathologist is responsible for determining the cause (the ultimate and immediate reasons for the cessation of life) and manner of death (homicide, suicide, accidental, natural or unknown).
Typical work day
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Roles of a Medical Examiner
Medical examiners, or "Forensic Pathologists", are specially trained physicians who examine the bodies of people who died suddenly, unexpectedly, or violently.
• Studies the medical history
• Performs an autopsy to uncover evidence of an injury or disease
• Collects medical and trace evidence from the body for further analysis
What They Do:
Recommended High School Courses
High levels of both English and math.
Years of education
Becoming a Medical Examiner is not easy. It takes a minimum of 11 to 18 years of education and training after high school.
Excellent because there will always be dead people and crime!
Medical Examiners spend most of their time in the lab, performing autopsies or examining tissue samples under the microscope. This can involve standing for extended periods and working with small tools.
A typical workday can be long, particularly if the medical examiner must examine a distant death site. Part of the workday also may include writing official reports and making court appearances.
Who do Medical Examiners work for?
Medical examiners work for the city, county, or federal government. Others work in hospitals, medical schools, or private government agencies that medical examiners work with (by contract) for autopsy services.
Patients don’t talk back to you (They’re dead)
Paid holidays and vacations
Paid sick leaves
Great retirement plan
Being a medical examiner can be gruesome, smelly, and disgusting. You need to have a lot of confidence in order to defend your conclusions in the face of opposition from lawyers, the media, or even the victims families.
How Medical Examiners relate to Chemistry
Medical examiners use a number of analytical instrumentation to determine chemical species in tissue, blood and other body fluids.
Gas chromatography with or without mass spectroscopy; and x-ray crystallography.
Field testing for blood using Luminol is a basic chemical reaction (fluorescence).
A few things a medical examiner sacrifices:
• Time (long hours)
• Peace of mind
• Your sense of smell (smelly work environment)
• Strong stomach
• Good mobile skills
• Very impressive writing skills
• Able to stand for long periods of time.
History of medical examiners
Medical examiners go as far back as to Alfred the Great (871-910 AD), though the profession was not officially titled or recognized as a career until 1959 in the USA
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia explain the life and job of medical examiners
Of 15 people, only 4 said they knew what a forensic pathologist was