Expert predicts a nationwide shortage of pathologists in near future

The abrupt resignation last month of Los Angeles County's chief medical examiner called attention to the lack of resources in that department, but the problem isn't restricted to LA or even the state of California, according to a Los Angeles Daily News report. "Many offices are struggling with resources. It is a problem nationally," said David Fowler, M.D., president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, an accreditation agency. He said he anticipates a crisis in the near future as a shortage of pathologists is affecting counties across the U.S. Only about 40 forensic pathologists graduate from fellowship programs each year, just enough to keep up with the retirement rate. Article