Continuing Education Needs Identified


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Attendees of the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following list of topics was suggested:

  • Toxicology certification resources, guides, anecdotes, opportunities
  • Skeletal trauma analysis
  • Multidisciplinary workshop—death investigation, toxicology, pathology/biology
  • Drugs and poisons, drugs of abuse, paraphenylenediamine poisoning
  • Sampling techniques for drug analysis
  • Ethics
  • Odontology ID cases; actual age estimation cases
  • Multidisciplinary that includes odontology
  • Opioid crisis
  • Use of Photoshop® in forensic cases
  • Jurisprudence topics—retention of expert witness, retention agreements, insurance coverage, expert witnesses for federal versus local court districts
  • Multidisciplinary sessions on opioid crisis
  • Postmortem angiography/Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Histology in child abuse
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Current toxicology trends geared toward medical examiners
  • Homicidal drownings; death investigation in bodies recovered from water
  • How to obtain National Institute of Justice/Department of Justice (NIJ/DoJ) funding to improve forensic science
  • Testifying
  • Specificity of retinal hemorrhages in infantile/childhood head injuries
  • Fentanyl analogs
  • Controversial child abuse cases
  • Sudden unexpected death in childhood
  • Workshop on analytical thinking (extended version of Breakfast #1)
  • Cognitive bias in the courtroom/on trial
  • The importance of autopsy to clinical medicine/public policy
  • Demographic changes in drug abuse
  • Expert witness testimony—legal consequences for inaccurate/inappropriate testimony
  • Veterinary forensic medicine
  • Officer-involved deaths with alleged restraint asphyxia
  • Blunt force child abuse deaths
  • Elder abuse
  • Assisting forensic pathology workload with the use of CT scan, pathologist assistants, and modification of National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) guidelines
  • Combined Pathology/Biology and Jurisprudence session as collegial working relationships, between Medical Examiners (MEs) and defense, on tough cases
  • “Retino-dural hemorrhage with minimal external trauma” in formal debate format
  • Newer drugs and the doses, effects, toxicity
  • Seizure deaths—types, causes, mechanisms of death/meds used
  • Genetic diseases and deaths—causes, symptoms, and mechanisms of death/treatments