Career Choice Essay

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Ever since my first science class I knew I had a passion for biology. I would stay inside during recess and after school, absorbing all of the information I could gather about organisms from books and in the lab. I was enthralled and passionate about the world beyond my microscope and as I grew older, my interest flourished. When I participated in my first dissection in High School I became even more captivated by biology and realized that I wanted to pursue a career in the field. Originally, being a coroner had not appealed to me. It seemed more shallow and cold than accurate and cutting edge. Yet through research, I was able to get more of an understanding of the career of a Medical Examiner.

Many who watch the 'CSI' television series think a Medical Examiner’s job is glamorous work. While that might be true in some circles, for the most part, those who work in coroner's or medical examiner's offices find it to be a much more mundane line of work. There aren't any fancy laboratories with huge, clear computer screens lining the walls, nor the latest high-tech gadgets to determine if a person's last meal had more starch than protein. The daily reality is that the coroner's office handles all accidental deaths, as well as those of people who die alone, or without medical attention ("Coroners and Medical Examiners ...”).

A Medical Examiner may be either forensic pathologist or anatomical pathologist, and their responsibilities differ depending on this distinction (Rampur). An anatomical pathologist is one who studies and examines the internal parts of a dead body in order to determine what was the reason and source of death. These professionals are employed by hospitals and healthcare facilities. On the other hand, a forensic pathologist studies the body of victims for assisting in criminal cases. Therefore, they are mostly required to provide services in state or federal government agencies. Medical Examiners use a variety of tools, such as forceps,...