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How Does Someone Become A Medical Examiner?

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How to Become a Medical Examiner in Five Steps

Step One: Earning an Undergraduate Degree

Those who wish to become a medical examiner should first enter a bachelor's degree program. Some schools offer degree programs in forensic science, although this is not a requirement to become a medical examiner. However, students should choose undergraduate coursework that will fulfill medical school prerequisites, such as biology, physics and chemistry.

Step Two: Obtaining a Medical Degree

Earning a medical degree is the next step to become a medical examiner. Students need to earn either a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). They may choose a major in any medical field, such as pathology, general practice or family practice. Most medical schools do not have programs in forensic pathology, but some do offer courses in the subject.

Step Three: Enrolling in a Residency Program

Medical school graduates must complete their residency in forensic pathology in order to become medical examiners. Residency programs provide paid on-the-job training and typically last 5-7 years. Residency programs often begin with training in anatomic and clinical pathology followed by 1-2 years of specializing in forensic pathology. During this phase of training, students often learn how to perform diagnostic testing and autopsies.

Step Four: Completing an Internship

Toward the end of their residency program, future medical examiners typically intern at a medical examiner's or coroner's office. Under the supervision of a certified forensic pathologist, interns become a member of a forensic team. They may participate in crime scene investigations, prepare courtroom testimony and perform laboratory testing on body fluids and tissue samples.

Step Five: Acquiring Licensure and Certification

Medical examiners must obtain their state medical license before they can become board certified. This step can be done after graduating from medical school or during the course of a residency program. Once they are licensed medical doctors, medical examiners are eligible for the national certification exam. The exam is offered by the American Board of Pathology and consists of questions regarding the practices and procedures used in forensic pathology.
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Many colleges have programs in forensic medicine for forensic scientists/medical examiners.  Unlike a coroner, in the US a medical examiner must be a licensed pathologist.  In some jurisdictions -- but not all of them, the Medical Examiner must be a physician.  And even other jurisdictions, a Medical Examiner must both by a physician and a lawyer (Ph.D and J.D.)

Often a Master's of Science degree in forensic medicine is required to work in any investigative capacity  for a medical examiner's office (about 6 years of college).  

There are also certificates offered for forensic nursing by some universities.  Here is a link that can give you a lot more information than we have room for here.  This link gives you some real specifics and it is really interesting and interactive... It has some video clips for you to view, as well.
www.nlm.nih.gov

And here is another site you might find interesting.
www.worldwidelearn.com
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