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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.

 

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The Royal College of Pathologists provide advice on entry to histopathology in the UK, and have produced a guide for applicants.

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.

General advice on how to persue a career in histopathology can be found at the training school website(www.histopathsho.34sp.com/index.html).

 

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resources

The Royal College of Pathologists - training resources, including the curriculum for histopathology Specialty Registrars (StRs) in 'run through training'

Regulations and guidelines for Royal College of Pathologists Membership examinations in histopathology

UK Histopathology training schools including 'virtual tours' and details of each training school.

 

 

 

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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.

 

training places

There are currently training places in forensic pathology at:

  • Cardiff, Wales (2)
  • Liverpool, England (2)
  • Sheffield, England (1)
  • Leicester, England (3)
  • Newcastle Upon-Tyne, England (2)
  • London, England (2)
  • Glasgow, Scotland (1)
  • Dundee, Scotland (1)
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland (1)

Information about the future availablility of posts at these locations may be obtained from the respective departments or the local post-graduate Deaneries.

 

resources

Regulations and guidelines for Royal College of Pathologists Membership examinations in forensic pathology

Royal College of Pathologists guidance on careers in forensic pathology

Royal College of Pathologists - forensic pathology publications

Code of Practice and performance standards for forensic pathologists dealing with suspicious deaths in Scotland

 

 

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Review of Forensic Pathology Service in England and Wales (2003)

Review of the State Pathologist's Department, Northern Ireland (2005)

Code of Practice and performance standards for forensic pathologists(England and Wales)

 

 

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