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OCME Educational and Training Programs

In addition to its public health and medicolegal roles, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner provides educational and training programs.

Fellowship Program

AdobePhotoshopExpress_2013_04_09_15_09_18 (1).jpgOCME can provide you with the training necessary to become a qualified forensic pathologist. With a history of leadership in the field of forensic medicine, the OCME conducts 10,000 death investigations throughout the State of Maryland utilizing a network of deputy medical examiners and forensic investigators. More than 4,000 autopsies are performed annually, employing procedures that cover the spectrum of forensic medical practice, including forensic toxicology. A staff of 15 forensic pathologists provides supervision, advice and support to our fellows. Regular sessions in neuropathology and cardiovascular pathology are conducted by staff consultants. Our curriculum also provides training in forensic anthropology, ballistics, serology, and trace evidence analysis. The office is affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and involvement in research and teaching activities in the Department of Pathology is encouraged. Salary is $52,252 with vacation and seminar time allowance. Excellent health insurance benefits are provided.

Requirements: Successful completion of an accredited pathology residency training program in either straight anatomic pathology or combined anatomic/clinical pathology.

Applications:  Address inquiries to Russell Alexander, M.D., 900 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21223.

Pathology and Medical Student Electives

Rotating pathology residents and medical students participate in the investigation and post-mortem dissection of OCME cases, then discuss the findings and conclusions with the duty medical examiner.  They also participate in the daily review conference where all the cases are discussed with the attending staff. They are supervised and instructed by the medical examiners of the State of Maryland. The Pathology residents and medical students are actively involved in the prosecutions during the Forensic Pathology rotation and will average approximately one case per day.  They obtain experience during the rotation in the investigation of sudden unexpected deaths, the preparation of medicolegal autopsy reports, the elements of a forensic science team (includes odontology, anthropology, radiology and crime lab experts), and the interpretation of alcohol levels and drug testing results.  They also accompany forensic investigators on scene investigations and Medical Examiners during courtroom testimony. Click here to apply

Frances Glessner Lee Seminar in Homicide Investigation

Established in 1945 by Frances Glessner Lee, creator of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, the Harvard Associates in Police Science homicide investigation seminar is the longest-running training program of its kind in the country. Offered first at Harvard University and later at OCME in Baltimore, the seminar remains the standard to which other similar courses aspire.

In the past, enrollment in the course was limited to experienced homicide investigators. Due to demand, enrollment has been expanded to include medical personnel, attorneys, other police officers and private investigators. The week-long seminar provides professionals with training in all aspects of forensic investigation

For more information about the homicide investigation seminar, email info@ocmemd.org.

Send comments or questions to info@ocmemd.org 

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