Continuing Education Needs Identified


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Attendees of the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested:

  • Young scientist/physician networking for new professionals <10 years practicing
  • Investigating questionable fetal deaths/neonaticide cases with recommendations of current testing/autopsy techniques
  • Workforce issues
  • Synthetic cannabinoids
  • Mass disasters
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • What constitutes cause and manner of death; blunt force trauma to the brain; what is chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Ethics, child death investigations, elder case investigation
  • Combined Pathology/Biology and Toxicology Session
  • Investigating and determining cause and manner of death in infant, child, and elder deaths
  • Professional development, forensic pathology fellowship/management/objectives/organizations
  • Child abuse pitfalls
  • Pediatric forensics
  • Jurisprudence presentation on Rule of Evidence
  • Cutting edge issues and methods
  • Elder abuse cases
  • Unusual ammunition, NAHT
  • Confusing trauma for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the heart
  • Pediatric autopsy
  • Child abuse death investigation
  • Behavioral analysis of crime scenes. Psychological autopsy threat assessment
  • Office involved shootings and in-custody death—a multidisciplinary approach
  • Testifying for medical examiners
  • Child abuse cases (autopsy procedures and pitfalls)
  • “Forensic Science Bonus Day” to go along with Pathology/Biology Jay Dix Bonus Day
  • Administrative issues related to medical examiner/coroner office management
  • Blood spatter analysis
  • Historical cases and correlation with modern cases
  • Autoerotic asphyxia
  • Serial murder cases
  • Mass disasters
  • Legalization of marijuana and whether that has changed the use of other drugs
  • Pediatric pathology—“mimics” of child abuse; benefits of pediatric pathology consultations
  • Manner-of-death controversies
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Pathology on pediatric autopsy
  • Forensic histopathology
  • Bioengineering topic
  • Workshop on basic Photoshop®
  • Forensic photography
  • Case presentations
  • Research on bitemarks
  • Odontology case studies
  • Drug chemistry topics, especially in the updating of standards and protocol
  • DNA case studies—unusual samples/casework types
  • Drug chemistry instrumentation (basic–advanced)
  • Toxicology workshops
  • American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) certification workshop
  • Postmortem toxicology—human performance toxicology
  • Death investigation—special topics focusing on infant deaths, drownings, drug overdoses, etc. focusing on investigative techniques
  • More from the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) on each day of the meeting.
  • Joint session of Anthropology and Odontology “Toward a Rational Approach to Age Estimation” and “Bridging the Gap”
  • Jury selection—misconduct; legislative updates
  • Forensic nursing
  • Open source intelligence social media investigations

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