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mortuary science question

Discussion in 'Pathology' started by mofuturedoc, Sep 28, 2002.

  1. mofuturedoc

    mofuturedoc Junior Member
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    I am a sophmore at South East Missouri State University. I am in the pre med program with a Biomedics major. I have been volunteering a lot of my time with a local funeral home. The mortician there has let me set in on embalimings and go on removals. I have also applied and been accepted to pittsburgh institute of mortuary science on line program, which will alow me to gain a degree in embaling and funeral directing while i finish up my pre med under grad. Then i will apply to med school. I curently have a practicum license to embalm under a mortician, and i love the whole aspect of the procedures. At first my whole goal was to go into family or internal med. , but now i am all for pathology. I was wondering if the way i was going about my education wise, and if a medical school would apreciate the focus and experience in mortuary science as well as strong acadimics in my pre-med undergrad. Thans for any imput.:D
     
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  3. GreatPumpkin

    GreatPumpkin Mystical Treatbringer
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    Hi,
    Well, mortuary science and pathology have nothing in common really. Except seeing dead people. Your biggest concern needs to be getting into med school. Mortuary science degree will not really help or hurt you. You need excellent grades and solid MCAT scores. If you do not have both of these things you should forget mortuary science and fix those things. I don't understand why you would go to training in a completely different field if your real goal is med school. If you want to do mortuary science as a career go for it. It is a very profitable field and you can help make peoples lives better during a tough time. Maybe you have a good reason. But, if you really want to do pathology go for that.

    If you are looking for post grad training to improve your chances in med school, get a masters degree in anatomy, biology, chemistry or such from a school with a med school. Some schools have one year anatomy programs where you get special consideration for med school admission the next year because they need a certain number of folks to be lab assistants during MS1 gross anatomy.

    Another thing to consider is most pathologists don't like or do autopsies. The highly profitable private practice part of path involves surgical path and clinical path not forensics. If forensics is what you are interested in you would be better off contacting your local medical examiners office for some part time work to really find out if it what you want to do.

    Hope this helps, I am definately not trying to give you a hard time, so please don't think I am. I just want you to consider which tract you really want to take because if it is med school and pathology there are better things for you to do than mortuary science. Med school is hard to get into and you want to maximize your chances. Leaping that hurdle is the tough one, getting into path is not tough.

    Good luck.
     
  4. mofuturedoc

    mofuturedoc Junior Member
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    My planes with the mortuary science was that I have always been told how difficult it was to get into med school. I was going to use the mortuary science as a fall back profession if I were not to get in to med school. I am dominatly interested in autopsy. Is there very many D.O. pathologist. How whould I go about talking to a pathologist about job shadowing or volunteer work. I am from a small area and we have no medical examiners. The hospitals have mourges of course with all the supplies to do autopsies. I have kinda a problems with asking doctors for shadowing time. I was interested in podiatry when I was in high school, and the local family doctor got me an appointment to talk with a podiatrist. He was one of the bigest a$$ holes I have ever been around, and it kind of scared me to ask any more favors from doc's.
     
  5. GreatPumpkin

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    Sure there are DOs that become pathologists. DO school is a great way to get into medicine. Better that going out of the states in my opinion.

    You just have to ask them about shadowing, if you explain your interest most will be glad to help. There are always jerks out there in every profession, but most path docs are pretty laid back people. Some are a litte odd, but generally nice. Hey worst they can say is forget it.

    Good luck.
     

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