Medicolegal Death Investigation Training Course 2019 (November 4-6), Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, Monday, 04. November 2019

This program provides advanced training for Medicolegal Death Investigators, Coroners, Medical Examiners, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Paramedics/EMT, Physicians, Nurses, Attorneys, Forensic Scientists, Funeral Directors and Embalmers. If you have any questions about whether you qualify, please contact Joseph Stopak ( before registering.
This unique 3-day course covers fundamental topics of forensic pathology; examination and documentation of death scenes; evidence recognition, preservation and collection; and decedent identification.  Participants will enhance their knowledge by investigating dynamic mock scenes.  The mock scenes are interactive and require participants to role play. There will also be a Trace Evidence and DNA hands-on interactive demonstration. 
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After attending this course, participants will...  

Define types of death that must be reported to the Coroner or Medical Examiner in Ohio.
Distinguish types of trauma and explain the mechanisms of injury. 
Understand basic concepts used to distinguish entrance from exit gunshot wounds and determine range of fire.
Describe investigative information that is important to the determination of cause and manner of death in cases of asphyxia, drowning, environmental exposure, in-custody, sudden unexpected infant deaths, and intoxication. 
Recognize natural disease processes that present as violent or suspicious deaths.
Distinguish early and late phase postmortem changes and identify variables used in the assessment of postmortem interval including limitations.
List categories of decedent identification and describe methods and limitations. 
Recognize trace evidence that may be present on a body and apply procedures to preserve or collect evidence.  
Formulate a proper methodology for photographing a decedent and a death scene and identify probable causes of substandard images. 
Investigate a simulated death scene in accordance with national guidelines.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Case Western University School of Medicine and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
The ABMDI accepts continuing education that is approved by the AMA, ANA, ABA, POST, and post secondary institutions recognized by national educational accrediting agencies.
CLE Credits are available.
The fee for this 3-day course is $250. Fee includes refreshments, lunches, course materials, and Continuing Education Credits. 
If you need to pay by purchase order, please contact Christopher Harris ( for details. Purchase order registrants have to be manually registered for the course by CCMEO. 
All requests for refunds must be made in writing and received three weeks before the course (by Friday, October 25, 2019).  The registration fee minus a $50 processing fee will be refunded after the course.  
The program is held at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office
11001 Cedar Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
*FREE parking on-site
No group rate is available; however, two nearby hotels provide shuttle service.  Ask for the Government Employee Rate. 

     Courtyard ® by Marriott ® Cleveland University Circle (216.791.5678)

      The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland – a DoubleTree by Hilton (216.455.1260)

Monday, November 4, 2019

07:30 - 08:00

Registration / Sign In

08:00 - 08:30

Introduction and ME Criteria

08:30 - 10:00

Cause and Manner / Natural Disease / Gunshot and Shotgun Wounds

10:00 - 10:30

Postmortem Changes and Forensic Identification

10:30 - 11:30

Fingerprinting for Forensic Identification

11:30 - 12:30


12:30 - 13:00

Blunt and Sharp Force Trauma

13:00 - 14:00

Head Trauma / Neuropathology / Intoxication

14:00 - 16:00

Asphyxia / In-custody Deaths / Environmental Injuries

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

07:30 - 08:00

Sign In

08:00 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:30


09:30 - 11:30

Demonstration Autopsy

11:30 - 12:15


12:15 - 13:00

Medicolegal Death Investigation / Field Guide

13:00 - 13:30

SUIDI Introduction

13:30 - 14:15

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation

14:15 - 15:00

Infant and Child Deaths

15:00 - 16:30

SUIDI Demonstration and Interview

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

07:30 - 08:00

Sign In

08:00 - 08:45

Scene Demonstration Using Body Camera

08:45 - 10:15

Investigation of Specific Scene Types

10:15 - 10:35

Report Writing and Instructions

10:35 - 10:45


10:45 - 12:15

Mock scenes

12:15 - 13:00


13:00 - 15:00

Mock scenes (cont'd)

15:00 - 15:15


15:15 - 16:00  

Scene Discussion

16:00 - 16:30

Course Evaluations / Certificates

*course schedule subject to change

Monday, 04. November 2019, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, Medicolegal Death Investigation Training Course 2019 (November 4-6)

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