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Course Director:
Michael A. Graham, M.D.
Professor and Co-Director,
Division of Forensic Pathology
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Chief Medical Examiner, St. Louis, MO

MariaTeresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant, PhD, D-ABFA
Director of Forensic Education
Adjunct Associate Professor
Division of Forensic Pathology
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

All course information can be reviewed on the new on-line registration site for each activity date. Please click on the link for the activity date that you want to register for. You will have the opportunity to review the activity information prior to completing your registration and payment.

The new on-line registration system will provide you with up to date activity information, instant confirmation and payment receipts, and confirmation # to use for modification of your registration if you need to add dinner guest or CME/CE certificate payment.

Course Dates:

Masters 16
Masters 16 will be conducted July 20 - 23, 2015  -  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

January 5-9, 2015
Jan 5-9, 2015 - Click to Register Here  Registration Closes December 1, 2014

April 20-24, 2015 MLDI
April 20- 24, 2015 - Click to Register Here   
July 20-23, 2015 (Masters 16 Conference

October 26-30, 2015
October 26-30, 2015 - Click to Register Here

Overview and Purpose

Offered three times each year, this five (5) day program teaches individuals how to conduct scientific, systematic and thorough death scene and telephone investigations for medical Examiner and Coroner offices. This training is equally valuable to police officers, physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, attorneys, forensic scientists and others who are involved with the investigation of violent, suspicious or unexpected deaths that fall under the jurisdiction of medicolegal authorities.

The purpose of this course is to train individuals to fill a critical role in medicolegal offices. With the training program offered at Saint Louis University, medicolegal death investigators learn to develop the essential facts regarding the death scene, medical history, and other information that assists the Medical Examiner/Coroner in the determination of a person's cause and manner of death.

Lectures will be presented by forensic specialists on all major categories of deaths that occur in medicolegal jurisdictions with particular emphasis placed on the investigator's role in the death investigation. The course is designed to teach the 29 national guidelines as set forth in the National Institutes of Justice 1999 publication, Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator. The investigator will then be instructed in the proper way to disseminate the information to forensic scientists and law enforcement personnel so that a coordinated, efficient, and complete death investigation can be achieved.

At the conclusion of the course, students will be assessed as to knowledge gained. This course emphasizes the medical aspects of death investigation and is not designed to be a homicide seminar.


The course qualifies for 2 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit through Saint Louis University.

Individuals desiring college credit must register and pay the Basic Course fee through this website and also register separately with the University and pay additional tuition fees. Interested individuals must register for college credit during the first day of the course and payment for the University credit hours will be invoiced separately by the University Registrar.

For additional information on College Credit contact Barb Weekley at


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