OFO No: 221207
Other names for Pathologist:
- Clinical Cytopathologist
- Forensic Biologist
- Forensic Pathologist
- Forensic Scientist
- Forensic Toxicologist
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?
- a logical thinker?
- 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
- 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:
- Community Service
- Private Practice
Is becoming a Pathologist the right career choice for me?