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    What is Forensic Pathology?

    What is Forensic Pathology?

    Forensic Pathology (FP) is a subspecialty of medicine that deals with the investigation of non-natural and suspicious deaths.

    What is a Forensic Pathologist?

    A Forensic Pathologist, first and foremost, is a physician. More specifically, a Forensic Pathologist is a medical doctor who is specially trained to perform autopsies, investigate suspicious deaths, and determine how, and by what means, a person died (cause and manner of death, respectively).

    What type of training is involved to become a Forensic Pathologist?

    To become a forensic pathologist, one must achieve a Medical Degree (M.D), then complete 4-5 years of training in general Pathology, and 1-2 years of specialized training in Forensic Pathology.    

    What kinds of cases are investigated by Forensic Pathologists?

    Any death that occurs under non-natural, or suspicious circumstances. Refer to the Montgomery County Coroner Office manual for specific details.

    For more information, please visit:
    National Association of Medical Examiners 
    American Academy of Forensic Sciences


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