NFSTC hosts medical examiners for Medicolegal Death Investigation Training Program

NFSTC hosted 25 forensic pathology fellows from around the country last week to learn to apply forensic science techniques to their everyday work. This hands-on class is part of a larger program to reach 100 medical examiners, coroners and medicolegal death investigators. This particular class included forensic pathologists fulfilling the requirements of their fellowship program. 

Students prepare for final presentations
In preparation for final presentations, students gather in groups to analyze their efforts at the mock death scenes.

Feedback from students attending the first on-site session was positive: 

“This is an excellent course and it was the most worthwhile course I had in a very long time.”  

“The training was very effective at enhancing the curriculum for forensic pathology fellowship. All topics presented were areas in which I’ve had little prior experience.”  

“I feel my photography skills will be better [after the course]. I think I will be much more effective in working with our crime lab team at the scene in order to make decisions on how to process a body/scene.” 

The capstone training focused on using scenario-based practical exercises that put students into mock physical death scenarios. Students learned how to determine what evidence was present that should be collected, as well as how to collect and preserve the evidence. 

NFSTC hosted this program in conjunction with the Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice under a Cooperative Agreement Award (#2009-DN-BX-K197). 

Mock death scene
Mock death scene
Evidence collected at mock death scene
Evidence collected at mock death scene