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    I'm in my last year of sixth form at the moment, and I am predicted AAAA in Maths, Bio, Chem & Psychology. What is the best way to reach my goal of becoming a forensic pathologist and if so, what uni's should i be considering? I am looking at going to university in America but does anyone have any recommendations? yes i am aware that American universities are very very expensive, but if i become a forensic pathologist i probably wont be worrying about that! Please help, and if you have other advice, please do privately message me!!

    Edit- yes i am also aware that this is a very odd / not popular career choice!
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    (Original post by ellie1509)
    I'm in my last year of sixth form at the moment, and I am predicted AAAA in Maths, Bio, Chem & Psychology. What is the best way to reach my goal of becoming a forensic pathologist and if so, what uni's should i be considering? I am looking at going to university in America but does anyone have any recommendations? yes i am aware that American universities are very very expensive, but if i become a forensic pathologist i probably wont be worrying about that! Please help, and if you have other advice, please do privately message me!!

    Edit- yes i am also aware that this is a very odd / not popular career choice!
    Do you want to be a scientist pathologist or a medically trained pathologist i.e. the person doing the post-mortems? If it's the latter, you need to go to medical school, complete the foundation programme, and then specialise in pathology. You can then choose forensic pathology as your subspecialty.

    Forensic pathologists (whether medically trained ones or non-clinical scientists) don't really make that much money, relatively speaking. Particularly within medical specialties they have nowhere near the private earning potential of some other specialties. So I think finances are something you should definitely consider, especially since university in the USA is much more expensive than here.

    And I actually thought forensic pathology BScs were quite popular nowadays what with CSI and Bones and so on...

    More info here:

    https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...thology-doctor
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    Thanks so much for the help!! Forensic pathologists earn much more in the USA, which I guess is handy since I want to live there when I'm older!
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    It seems to be a long educational journey

    http://study.com/articles/Become_a_F...eer_Guide.html

    http://www.criminaljusticeprograms.c...c-pathologist/

    In the U.S. you would do a 4 year bachelors degree than about another 4 years of medicine and then another 4-5 years to become certified. Though it seems that it would also take about a total of 12 years in the UK too.

    https://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/fraser.c...ology_how.html

    Just do some searching around Google there's tons of info
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    Yeah, it's a very long journey! But I'm really really into forensics / pathology so I thought that the two combined would be awesome!!
    So in my first four years of training, I take a Bachelors degree in what, medicine?
    Thanks for all of the help!!
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    (Original post by ellie1509)
    Yeah, it's a very long journey! But I'm really really into forensics / pathology so I thought that the two combined would be awesome!!
    So in my first four years of training, I take a Bachelors degree in what, medicine?
    Thanks for all of the help!!
    No, in the US system you have to take a non-medical degree i.e. BA/BSc first, and then only after that would you be able to apply for medical school i.e. get an MD or DO and qualify as a doctor.

    Forensic pathologists probably do earn more in the US compared to here, but nowhere near the amount that radiologists, ophthalmologists or orthopaedic surgeons do. They will also graduate with a lot more student debt than you would in the UK.

    Also do bear in mind the challenges you might face as an (I'm assuming) non-US citizen...
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    You are planning a long journey that will take years to complete, and then you have to be supremely good to be a forensic pathologist. You don't just become one either, you have to do a lot of pathology before you could even be considered for the role. Your next problem is working in the US; it probably isn't going to happen as they have plenty of homegrown pathologists of their own.
 
 
 
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