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2020 Medicolegal Death Investigation Basic Training Course


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.


This program provides basic 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. Limited to 24 students.



Introduction to the Medical Examiner’s Office
Death Reporting & Death Certification
Postmortem Changes and Forensic Identification
Natural Disease
Fingerprinting for Forensic Identification (Hands-on)
Blunt and Sharp Force Trauma
Environmental Injuries
Postmortem Artifacts
Gunshot and Shotgun wounds
Head Trauma/Neuropathology
In-Custody Deaths


Water-Related Deaths
Demonstration Autopsy
Medicolegal Death Investigations/Field Guide
SUIDI Introduction
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigations
Infant and Child Deaths
Child Fatality Case Review with Demonstration


Investigation of Specific Scene Types
Minimum Standards for Photography
Scene Demonstration Using Body Camera
Report Writing
Tour of Facilities
Mock Scenes (Hands-on)
Trace Evidence/DNA Demonstration
Scene Discussion (Group)



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 provider ship 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 21.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CLE credits are available and pre-approved by the Ohio Supreme Court and sponsored by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.


The fee for this 3-day course is $300. 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 (216.791.5678)
  2. The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland – a DoubleTree by Hilton (216.455.1260)
  3. InterContinental Cleveland (877.707.8999)
  4. Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic (877.707.8999)