There Is A Serious Shortage Of Doctors Who Perform Autopsies

professor david ranson forensic pathologistMonash Univeristy Professor David Ranson, a forensic pathologist

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The United States is reportedly about 1,000 forensic pathologists short of the amount needed to provide adequate autopsy coverage.The national autopsy rate is now “miserably low”  at 8.5 per cent, with only 4.3 per cent of disease-caused deaths being autopsied, according to a report by the Scientific Working Group on Medicolegal Death Investigation, which The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog reported Monday.

The number of working pathologists has also dropped drastically.

Since 1959, the United States has certified 1,400 forensic pathologists. Currently, there are only about 500 full-time pathologists in the U.S. according to the report.

So why is the position losing out on professionals?

There are only 37 accredited forensic pathology programs in the U.S., leaving some states without a way to train pathologists, the report claimed.

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