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.