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Lectures

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.

Basic death scene investigation techniques are stressed and investigative procedures will be thoroughly discussed. Laws pertaining to death investigation, Emergency medical treatment, Estimation of time of death, Body changes after death, Blood spatter interpretation, Courtroom testimony, Organ and tissue donation, Critical incident stress debriefing, Identification and Family notification lectures will be presented.

The capabilities of ancillary forensic sciences (anthropology, biology, criminalistics, entomology, psychiatry, radiology and toxicology) will be explained. These lectures assist the investigator to understand the importance and value of scene and body evidence.

Law enforcement personnel from Crime Scene and Homicide Units will provide information so that the medicolegal death investigator will understand the roles, authority and responsibilities of all participants in a death investigation. This course emphasizes the medical aspects of death investigation and is not designed to be a homicide seminar.

Types of Deaths to be discussed include those due to:

Alcohol and Drugs Asphyxia Blunt Trauma Child Maltreatment Cutting Drowning Electrocution Explosion Exposure Falls Gunshot Wounds Head Trauma Infant Death Scene Investigation Ingestion Injury at Work Lightning Natural Causes Neglect Overdose Police Custody Deaths Stabbing Strangulation Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Suicide Thermal Injury Unexpected Deaths Vehicular-related Deaths Weather-related Deaths


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