To become a qualified forensic pathologist requires a long process of dedication as it requires a long period of training (as long as 13 years) before you can get properly skilled to take up the job. You can consider an experienced one only if you work as one for at least 2 to 3 years which is during that time, that you can truly ask for a salary raise for yourself.
In this article, what we are going to discuss, are the relevant skills and experiences that you need to become a qualified forensic pathologist. Of course, in order for you to acquire the skills you need, you need to go for studies which can be a 4-year undergraduate degree from a recognized college. You can pick any type of degree you desire but you must ensure that the electives you choose must satisfy all the pre-requisites necessary to enter into the medical school you plan to get into. Once you entered into the medical school, you shall continue your studies there for another 4 years.
Your next journey of study will be a 3 to 5 year residency training program specialized in general pathology. During the program, you will be imparted with all the knowledge that is specific to pathology. This will add on to the 4 years of medical knowledge that you have acquire in previous 4 years. Upon completion, you still can’t be a forensic pathologist yet. You need to complete another 1 year of specialty training program in a medical examiner’s office or coroner’s office. This will be the last part of your study. If you add up all the years together, the entire academic period can be as long as 13 years.
To become a success forensic pathologist, you need not just only the pathology knowledge you have acquired during your academic days, you need personal skills too. If you wish to do well in this area, you have to be out-spoken and energetic. You need to be able to communicate well with people at all levels. If you speak well and have a clear mind, you can easily become an expert witness in court trials too. That’s when you can earn better than others.
Being a successful one, you cannot be too emotional and know how to deal with stress at all times. If you have legal and social background, it will be an added bonus for you in this career. Lastly, you need self-discipline and determination too. Without these, you tend to give up easily not only during your career, but also during your academic days.
Everybody hopes to become a qualified forensic pathologist and make a lot of money but the fact is, nothing comes easy in the real world today. Nobody is born with the skills required to become a successful one so it will be up to individuals whether or not they wish to succeed.