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2019 - Advanced Medicolegal Forensic Series

This program provides advanced training for Medicolegal Death Investigators, Coroners, Medical Examiners, Detectives, Crime Scene Investigators, Emergency Medical Service providers, and Firefighters.

Law enforcement, physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, attorneys, forensic scientists and others working in a medical related field. If you have any questions about whether you qualify, please contact Christopher Harris ( before registering.

This unique 5-day course covers specialized topics in medicolegal death investigation including death scene management, fire fatalities, electrocution deaths, forensic identification through odontology and DNA, heroin and opiate fatalities, motor vehicle accident reconstruction, investigation of use of deadly force/in-custody deaths, forensic photography, recognition, preservation, collection and documentation of trace evidence and effective court testimony.

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After attending this course, participants will...

  1. Understand basic concepts used to approach, preserve and document a death scene
  2. Recognize pertinent information required in fire and electrocution fatalities
  3. List two to three different methods of scientific identification of incomplete human remains
  4. Describe trends in regional statistics on opiate deaths
  5. Understand the DAWN project and emergency room presentation of overdose deaths
  6. Describe the role of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas investigators in opiate overdose cases
  7. List the investigative information that is important to the determination of cause and manner of death in cases of use of deadly force or in-custody deaths
  8. Describe resources available to the family members effected by overdose deaths
  9. Understand the toxicology laboratory perspective on testing and trends in the opiate crisis
  10. Formulate a proper methodology for photographing a decedent and a death scene and identify probable causes of substandard images.
  11. List essential components of effective court testimony from the Medicolegal Death Scene Investigators
  12. Understand the process and utility of motor vehicle accident reconstructions as they apply to determining cause and manner of death.
  13. Recognize elements of trace evidence description, documentation and collection critical to determination of cause and manner of death

Click here for online registration. (June 10-14, 2019) 

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 (TBA) 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 five day course is $450. The fee for participants who have already completed the basic three day program is $400. Fee includes refreshments, lunches, course materials, and Continuing Education Credits. If you have already completed the basic three-day program, please contact Christopher Harris ( prior to purchasing your Advanced Medicolegal Forensic Series Ticket. 

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 Monday, May 20, 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.

  1. Courtyard ® by Marriott ® Cleveland University Circle (216.791.5678)
  2. The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland – a DoubleTree by Hilton (216.455.1260)


Monday, June 10, 2019
07:30 - 08:00  Registration/Sign In  
08:00 - 08:15 Introduction TBD
08:15 - 10:15 Crime Scene Management TBD
10:15 - 12:15 Fatal Fire - Case Review TBD
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch  
13:00 - 15:30 Fatal Fire - Case Review (cont.) TBD
15:30 - 16:30 Electrocutions TBD
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
07:30 - 08:00  Sign In  
08:00 - 09:30 Odontology TBD
09:30 - 11:00 Bite Marks TBD
11:00 - 12:00 DNA TBD
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch  
13:00 - 14:00 DNA (cont.) TBD
15:00 - 16:00 Human Bones TBD
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
07:30 - 08:00  Sign In  
08:00 - 09:00 Heroin Crisis TBD
09:00 - 10:00 Project D.A.W.N. TBD
10:00 - 11:00 Heroin Deaths in the ER TBD
11:00 - 12:00 Drug Identification and the Prosecutor's Role TBD
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch  
13:00 - 14:00 Robby's Voice  
14:00 - 15:00 Toxicology TBD
15:00 - 16:00 Advanced Photography TBD

Thursday, June 13, 2019
 07:30 - 08:00 Sign In  
08:00 - 10:00 Testimony TBD
10:00 - 11:30 MVA Reconstruction TBD
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch  
12:30 - 14:30 Human Trafficking TBD
14:30 - 16:30 Use of Deadly Force & In-Custody Deaths TBD

Friday, June 14, 2019
07:30 - 08:00  Sign In  
08:00 - 11:00 Trace Evidence TBD
11:00 - 12:00 Lunch  
12:00 - 15:00  Wrap Up  


* course schedule subject to change