"A forensic pathologist must first earn a bachelor's degree, then a medical degree. Extensive additional education and training is required." The average salary of a forensic pathologist is $105k-$500k. An average workday can last “10 to 12 hours or longer, particularly if the forensic pathologist must examine a distant death site. Part of the workday also may include writing official reports and making court appearances.” Clinical forensic pathologist work with living patients. Those cases cover things such as sexual assault and abuse.
"When a death occurs someone must be willing to sign a death certificate stating they are sure of its cause. Either a doctor, coroner, or medical examiner has that responsibility." The morgue is often on the base floor of the hospital. It a big refrigerated room with tile for easy cleaning. The autopsy is performed and pieces of the muscles, such as the brain, are cut to be studied later. Sometimes the whole organ is not replaced. After the autopsy is finished the body is then closed up for funeral preparation.
Professor David Ranson at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine talks about a day in the life of forensic pathology. They not only work with the dead but often with the families of the dead, the police and the courts. Professor David feels that in mass disasters people should be found and identified so there is closure. Forensic pathologist look for patterns so they can identify possible hazards in the community.
There only so many people who are employed in forensic pathology in the world. It is good because “ It requires people who like taking things apart, but they don’t necessarily have to put it back together, to find out why they stopped working”.
Pathology is a good job if you want a medical job without a lot of patent interaction, since most patients are dead. If you analyze things about live patients it’s still not a lot of patient interaction and most goes through primary care doctors. Cons of being a pathologist is if you aren’t “detail oriented, science-loving, methodical, analytical type of person” then you can’t do well in the job.
Pathology is the study of disease. It has lead to “successful treatment of cancer, ensuring safe blood transfusions, developing vaccines against infectious diseases and the treatment of inherited conditions”. Pathology is not always with the dead, about only ⅔ work with the dead. Pathology is really an umbrella term for 19 different specialties.