Continuing Education Needs Identified


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Attendees of the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested:

  • Artificial intelligence and forensics
  • Mental health and wellness across all disciplines
  • Multidisciplinary approach to one or more cases—see the approach, perspective of other professions involved in a case
  • Epstein Barr cytomegalovirus infected tissues as a mechanism for CDA is an open frontier
  • More current and future trends in forensic odontology and case studies
  • Coordination among specialties
  • Bitemark evidence, CT imaging
  • Practical techniques for identifications
  • Difficult/out of the box dental identifications
  • Roundtable discussion and manner determinations
  • Review of all the different ways/systems of medicolegal death investigators nationally/internationally
  • More Jurisprudence workshops
  • Autopsy protocol in cases of emerging diseases (e.g., Covid‑19)
  • Pandemic management
  • More on emerging/novel drugs
  • Federal, state, and local government support/non‑support for forensic sciences
  • Novel psychoactive substances
  • More pediatric pathology
  • Cardiac pathology workshop
  • Neuropath trauma workshop
  • Social media trends influencing cases seen
  • Going paper free in autopsy suite
  • Biomechanics in pediatric head injury cases
  • CT autopsy cases shown—different types of cause of death
  • Autopsy artifacts that can lead to miscarriage of justice
  • Moderator’s choice
  • Touch DNA (sample collection, processing, results, interpretation)
  • Head injury in children—abuse vs. accident as natural disease processes
  • Death scenes autopsy photography
  • Threat assessment/risk of targeted violence
  • More clinical forensic medicine, crash reconstruction, transportation-related injuries
  • Maternal death investigation—the role of the forensic pathologist in maternal mortality review, maternal mortality and racial disparity as a public health crisis, the maternal autopsy
  • Toxicology “101” for non‑toxicologists—explain how GC/MS works and how results are interpreted; other forms of analysis
  • Problems/issues faced when COD is non‑traumatic with retinal hemorrhages/“triad” present—forensic pediatricians/ district attorney disagreements
  • More on the expert witness role in toxicology prosecuted as homicides deaths
  • More on irregular migration
  • Ethical issues in expert witnessing
  • Management/advisory of ME office
  • Pharmacology in the jail, the prison, and on parole
  • Debunking shaken baby syndrome, a.k.a. abusive head trauma; examples of natural diseases in infants and children with multiple fractures misdiagnoses as child abuse
  • Practical tips and tricks (including emerging technologies) for the lone medical examiner/external examinations and crime scene assessment.
  • Not just talks from postmortem radiologists, but also skeptical presentations
  • Microbiome
  • More on climate and health/crime
  • More on genetic genealogy
  • More Path/Bio, especially Saturday morning
  • Yearly update on NPS for pathologists
  • Bodies in water/diving deaths/effective testimony in court/suicide prevention (i.e., lessons learned from current suicides and what “would” have been done about it)
  • Novel drugs and ammunition
  • Death Investigation—cultural beliefs, ethics, mental health
  • More topics about last responders and vicarious trauma
  • Mental health—forensic specialists like death investigators and coroners
  • Making death investigators and coroners the first responder status
  • Forensic odontology—a session on the Tom Krauss ABFO ruler and its function
  • Mental health
  • Continuing presentations on drone accidents/TBIs
  • More interesting case studies
  • Staff support and critical incident stress debriefing (CISD)
  • Case studies in death investigation
  • Legislative updates and more case studies
  • Genetic genealogy, wildlife forensics, agricultural forensics, biometrics
  • Cyber crimes