June 30, 2021 Rich Rezler
As a middle school student in Tecumseh, Alicia Dusseau became hooked on Dr. G: Medical Examiner, a reality television show that followed Dr. Jan Garavaglia as she investigated unexplained deaths in Florida.
“Ever since then, watching that show and other crime shows, I found a passion for forensics,” Dusseau says.
Ten years later, she’s well on her way to becoming Dr. D: Forensic Pathologist.
The 2021 Washtenaw Community College graduate is now pursuing a Forensic Science bachelor’s degree at Madonna University and plans to attend medical school to become a forensic pathology practitioner.
“Graduating from WCC has helped me get to where I am and I couldn't be more proud of myself or more thankful for all the help and support from my instructors and counselor,” Dusseau said.
While her course load was heavy with science lessons that will help in her career choice, it was a prerequisite Communication class that helped Dusseau get hands-on experience in the field.
“We had an assignment in a Communication class to interview somebody in a field you want to work in, so I contacted my local medical examiner,” she said. “At the end of our conversation, they offered me an unpaid internship.”
That internship eventually turned into part-time employment at the Lenawee-Hillsdale Medical Examiner’s Office, where Dusseau trained and still works as an on-call autopsy assistant and crime scene investigator.