October 31, 2008, Newsletter Issue #83: Medical Examination

Tip of the Week

Another area of forensic science that requires a minimum of a PhD (and most often a medical degree) is medical examination. These two degrees are an important distinction to make. If you get a PhD, you may be more qualified to teach and/or research the subject, whereas if you go to medical school, you would be more likely to actually practice examining dead bodies. A license is also required. The good news about medical examination is that it is one of the highest paid specialties in forensic science. The work can be very grueling so try to interview someone in the profession (even through request of an informational interview) prior to spending your years in medical school and deciding it wasn't cut out for you after all.

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