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Forensic Pathology

LOCATION: Office of Chief Medical Examiner, State of West Virginia, Charleston, West Virginia
PRECEPTOR: Dr. Haikal - WV Medical Examiner
DURATION: 2 or 4 weeks
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: Elective


To provide exposure, experience and to broaden the knowledge of the student in regard to the pathology subspecialty of forensic pathology. This specialty deals with medicolegal death investigation. Case investigations involve deaths due to natural causes, accident, suicide, and homicide.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

The student will be exposed to the practical and academic aspects of forensic pathology, working directly with a forensic pathologist as an integral member of the investigation team. The student will assist in postmortem examinations and follow case development inclusive of autopsy protocol dictation, review of microscopic slides, and formulation of the case opinion. Participation of the student in scene of death investigation, law enforcement interaction, and observation of court testimony represent other aspects of the program. Exposure to the area of forensic toxicology will also be provided.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Available from the preceptor.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE ROTATION REPORT TO: Medical Examiner's Office 8:30 AM , 619 Virginia Street W, Charleston WV.