Pathologist

 

 

OFO No: 221207

 

 

 

 

Other names for Pathologist:

  • Clinical Cytopathologist
  • Forensic Biologist
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • Immunologist

What is a Pathologist?

A Pathologist is a specialist medical job.

A Pathologist works in laboratory. The perform tests on samples of tissue, blood and body secretions to determine illness or disease. These samples can be from live people.

In South Africa, a Pathologist could work for hospitals, government (police) or for companies like PathCare, Ampath or Lancet for instance.

A Forensic Pathologist will use samples from corpses to determine cause of death or to determine whether the person was murdered.

What does a Pathologist do?

  • performs various laboratory tests of samples from live bodies
  • studies the nature of diseases
  • provides laboratory information to medical professionals

What does a Forensic Pathologist do?

  • studies the corpse
  • does experiments
  • determines reasons for death
  • writes reports
  • provides legal teams with necessary evidence
  • may appear in court as expert witness

Are you  . . . ?

  • interested in science and biology?
  • passionate about working in a lab?
  • a problem solver?
  • detail orientated?
  • observant?
  • a logical thinker?
  • dedicated?
  • methodical and systematic?
  • not grossed out with body samples and/or corpses

How do I become a Pathologist?

You will need a qualification.

You will need to study to become a General Medical Practitioner and then, once qualified, practice as a doctor in a private practice, hospital or clinic.

After completing your 2 years, you will need to complete a Master’s degree in Medicine (Pathology)

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of KZN
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Free State
  • University of Witwatersrand

TRAINING:

  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

 

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL of SOUTH AFRICA (HPCSA)

HPCSA registration is compulsory from the first year of your medical studies to qualifying and practising as a Pathologist.

Registration categories are:

  1. Student
  2. Intern
  3. Community Service
  4. Private Practice

http://www.hpcsa.co.za/

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Mortician or Phlebotomist

Is becoming a Pathologist the right career choice for me?

 


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