Although training is long, and the reality is not as glamorous as TV shows, forensic pathology is an exceptionally exciting and rewarding field of medical practice.
Dr Charles Naylor
Chief Forensic Pathologist
Forensic pathologists work predominately within the public sector, liaising with other medical and scientific specialists, coroners and families of deceased individuals. Forensic pathologists are often required to present their findings in court.
5 years full-time
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
Appointments to Queensland Pathology Training Programs are coordinated by the Medical Support Unit, Pathology Queensland (Health Support Queensland) in conjunction with Pathology Queensland's State Directors and Coordinators of Education and Training. Pathology recruitment is centralised by discipline/sub-specialty and not by facility. Training is accredited through the RCPA.
Forensic pathology training encompasses a full-range of autopsy practice, histopathology and exposure to the forensic sciences. Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment across four general functions of forensic pathologists - discipline specific functions as a medical specialist in a laboratory, functions as a manager in the laboratory, research and scholarship and professional attributes. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA). Fellows in anatomical or general pathology may elect to undertake post-fellowship training leading to a Diploma in Forensic Pathology.
Applicants must hold registration as a medical practitioner with a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate experience. Applicants must be employed in an accredited laboratory before seeking registration with the college.
Minimum 20% of full-time commitment.
Allowed - no limit is placed on the time taken to complete training.