histopathology training in the UK
In order to persue a career in forensic pathology in the UK, one must enter a training programme for histopathology.
Entry into histopathology occurs after the Foundation years, which follow graduation from medical school.
Additional information regarding training opportunities in theUK histopathology training schools is available, detailing where those training schools are, and the facilities etc that they offer the prospective applicant.
The Royal College of Pathologists - training resources, including the curriculum for histopathology Specialty Registrars (StRs) in 'run through training'
forensic pathology in the UK
In order to satisfy the Royal College of Pathologists forensic pathology examination regulations, one must undertake at least 2 years specialty training in histopathology, and achieve the Part 1 examination.
Following the Part 1 examination, eligability to take the Part 2 examination in forensic pathology requires that one undertakes at least 2 years in a department recognised by the College for training in forensic pathology, with 6 months experience in each of neuropathology and paediatric pathology.
At the end of the training period, one must show that one has trained in pathology for at least 4.5 years, of which 3.5 must have been at Registrar level.
The Part 1 examination in histopathology is currently an MCQ paper covering all aspects of histopathology.
The Part 2 examination incorporates a 'casebook', covering 'a wide spectrum of forensic work', and a 3-day examination incorporating a practical autopsy examination, histological examination of 20 cases, preparation of reports based on documents and other material (including toxicology reports), examination of gross specimens, an oral examination and a 3 hour written paper.
There are currently training places in forensic pathology at:
Information about the future availablility of posts at these locations may be obtained from the respective departments or the local post-graduate Deaneries.
Royal College of Pathologists guidance on careers in forensic pathology