Amber SaittaPBSMEDICAL EXAMINERAlternate NamesForensic Medical Examiner1They examen bodies to determine the cause of deathThey determine the cause of death and circumstances upon which the death occurredThey collect evidence, freeze bodies, store and log evidence, conduct autopsies, look at organs and how they were functioning, write reports for cases, find evidence to support their testimonies, and determine if the death was intentional, accidental, or natural (diseases then identify which), also, look over the person’s medical history, contacting the family, looking at death certificates Determining the cause of death, writing testimonies and collecting evidence linking to the death50-60 hours of work each week, usually normal hoursProblem solving, willing to think outside the box, good judgment and decision making, and communication skillsHard to get a job (sometimes have to be elected), emotionally hard to deal with bodies, a lot of schooling, working with a lot of the same peopleGood pay, someone’s life is not hanging in the balance the person is already dead, opportunity to teach medical students, good hours, each day is different24 years of college and bachelor’s degree, requirements for med school, must earn an MD or DO, residency of 3+ years, Forensic pathology fellowship (1-2 years)College degree with pre-med courses, eligibility and graduation from medical school and completion of a forensic pathology residency and fellowship program. These educational requirements can take over a decade to complete (study.com).Continuing Education credits to maintain license State licensure and and board certificate required by most employers Ability to communicate, problem solving, and typing skills 3This jobs earnings are on the high end of the spectrem making, according to 2016, about 180,000 annually.
This statistic is nation wide. Obviously, in bigger cities pay would be greater to to a greater need. In SC, you are likely to make about 185,000 annually, this is slightly above the national average. By going into forensic pathology, you are likely to make more due to more training and experience. 4I think this job is for me, because it makes a lot, is exciting and in the medical field. My strengths being, hard work ethic, communication skills, problem solving, and an interest in science would all be helpful in this career. In class we are learning about a crime scene. A medical examiner would have came in to collect evidence and determine the cause of death.
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S/he would have used blood analysis, examined body, and reviewed previous medical information (that’s what we are doing). Farmer. J. (2014, August 15).
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