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Medicolegal Education & Training Program

2017 Medicolegal Death Investigation Training Course

This program provides basic and recurrent training for Medicolegal Death Investigators, Coroners, Medical Examiners, Detectives, Crime Scene Investigators, Emergency Medical Service providers, and Firefighters. There are no prerequisites required for attendance.

This unique 3-day course covers fundamental topics of forensic pathology, examination, photographing and documentation of death scenes; evidence recognition, preservation and collection; and decedent identification. Participants will enhance their knowledge by conducting investigations of dynamic mock scenes. The mock scenes are interactive and require participants to role play.

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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.

After attending this course, participants will...

  1. Define types of death that must be reported to the Coroner or Medical Examiner in Ohio.
  2. Distinguish types of trauma and explain the mechanisms of injury.
  3. Understand basic concepts used to distinguish entrance from exit gunshot wounds and determine range of fire. 
  4. 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.
  5. Recognize natural disease processes that present as violent or suspicious deaths.
  6. Distinguish early and late phase postmortem changes and identify variables used in the assessment of postmortem interval including limitations.
  7. List categories of decedent identification and describe methods and limitations.
  8. Recognize trace evidence that may be present on a body and apply procedures to preserve or collect evidence.
  9. Formulate a proper methodology for photographing a decedent and a death scene and identify probable causes of substandard images..
  10. Investigate a simulated death scene in accordance with national guidelines.

  • Click here for online registration. (March 6 - 8, 2017)
  • Click here for online registration. (September 18 - 20, 2017)
  • Click here for online registration. (November 13 - 15, 2017)

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 fee for this three day course is $200. Fee includes refreshments, lunches, course materials, and Continuing Education Credits.

All requests for refunds must be made in writing and received three weeks before the course. 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
    Phone: (216) 791-5678
  2. The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland – a DoubleTree by Hilton
    Phone: (216) 455-1260


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