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Exploring the Role of the Medical Examiner

Date & Time of Recording:
November 8, 2017
  • On-demand video
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Pathology is a medical specialty that determines the cause and nature of diseases by examining and testing body tissues (from biopsies and pap smears to surgical specimens and autopsy) and bodily fluids (including blood and urine). Forensic pathology is the application of medical/pathology knowledge to problem solving in the field of law. Forensic pathologist, Angelina Phillips, MD,will guide this exploration of the medical examiner.session by providing a brief description of the field of pathology and the sub-specialty of forensic pathology. In addition to reviewing some interesting autopsy cases/findings, we will also answer the following questions: 1. Who is the forensic pathologist? 2. What is the difference between a coroner and a medical examiner? 3. How does one become a medical examiner? 4. What is an autopsy? How and why are they performed?

At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • At the conclusion of this session, the participant will understand the difference between a coroner and a medical examiner, and the roles of each in the death investigation process.
  • At the conclusion of this session, understand what an autopsy entails, the importance of autopsy as a medical test and purpose of the forensic autopsy.
  • At the conclusion of this session, gain an appreciation for the variety of information to be gained from the autopsy procedure.
This session is presented as a part of the Bench to Bedside Student Success Seminar Series, which targets pre-health, undergraduate students, and does not meet professional development education requirements for practicing health professionals.
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  • Bench 2 Bedside Participants
    Area Health Education Consortium Student
    Credit Statement
    Participation recognition only: This program is presented by SC AHEC.
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