The student will gain experience and knowledge about general autopsy techniques, the gross and microscopic appearance of natural disease processes, basic characterization of injuries, proper certification of death, and the duties of a Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office. The student will complete the following:
- Be attentive to questions and explanations posed by the attending for each case.
- Assist with eviscerations/dissections on cases and obtaining appropriate toxicologic specimens when instructed under supervision of the attending forensic pathologist; attend and participate in case review and all conferences including daily morning reports, weekly slide review, and consensus conferences.
- Attend selected death scene investigations, if available; review basic histology with the forensic pathologists on selected cases.
- Complete the death certification worksheet on selected autopsy cases that will be reviewed and critiqued by the attending forensic pathologist.
- Supplement the knowledge base by using appropriate references and textbooks.
Instruction for the various components of this course will be given by autopsy technicians, the autopsy manager, the medicolegal death investigators, the rotating pathology residents, and the forensic pathologists.