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Forensic Pathology

 

 

 

 Deputy Medical Examiner

 Forensic Pathology

 Forensic Pathology Fellowship

Pathology is a medical specialty that concerns the diagnosis of disease through examination of body tissue and fluids.  There are two main branches of pathology – anatomic and clinical.  Anatomic pathology involves examination of body tissues removed from the body.  Surgical pathology and cytology are the two most familiar areas since they deal with biopsy or surgical specimens and/or cell examinations like the PAP smear.  Clinical pathology evaluates body fluids.  Areas of clinical pathology include chemistry, microbiology, hematology, and blood banking.  Forensic pathology is a subspecialty of pathology that applies the techniques of anatomic and clinical pathology to legal issues. 

Job requirements

  1. Medical degree (MD or DO) - Most of the physicians at the Medical Examiner’s Office have Bachelors degrees as well as Medical degrees.
  2. Anatomic (and Clinical) Pathology residency – Although Clinical Pathology is not a requirement for board certification in Forensics, most of the physicians at the Medical Examiner’s Office are trained in Clinical Pathology (requiring an extra year)
  3. Forensic Pathology fellowship – an additional one to two years of intensive training
  4. Board certification through the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic (and Clinical) Pathology and Forensic Pathology – Board certification assures that the physician has successfully completed training at an accredited institution and has passed an examination covering those areas of study, thus demonstrating competency in their area of expertise.