LAMP 7119

Forensic Pathology


Melissa Lallak
Course Coordinator

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    Catalog Description:  The student will become acquainted with medicolegal death investigation by participating in daily meetings, attending autopsies, and discussing the certification of death as to the cause and manner with the medical examiners. They may also participate in other opportunities, as available, such as going to the scene of death with the civilian investigators and attending attorney meetings or observing courtroom proceedings. The student will be expected to review available literature, including the book Forensic Pathology: Principals and Practice by Dolinak.
    This course acquaints students with the field of forensic medicine. The student will become familiar with the function of a medical examiner's office in determining the various causes and manners of death that fall under the jurisdiction of such a public official.

    Sites:  HC: Office of the Medical Examiner, Hennepin County Medical Center, 530 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Required session attendance:

    Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  M-F, 7:30am-4:00pm with a 7:00am start on the first day.  No night or weekend assignments

    Direct patient care:  Yes

    Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling 

    Course Objectives:  By the end of this rotation, students will be able to:

    • identify which types of deaths fall under the medical examiner’s jurisdiction
    • formulate ideas on appropriate ways to sign out a death certificate
    • identify basic patterns of injury and natural disease
    • recognize common toxicologic agents implicated in deaths
    • describe the major steps of performing an autopsy and the strengths and limitations of the autopsy as a diagnostic tool

    Graded Components:

    • Regular and timely attendance at daily meetings and conferences
    • Preparation for an participation in conferences and discussions
    • Participation in autopsy cases, including follow-up test results and microscopy
    • Professionalism in interaction with staff
    • Journal club presentation at toxicology rounds

    Grading Scale:  H/E/S/N


    Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

    Limited to Student Type:  No

    Course equivalency:  N/A

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    Course evaluation: MedHub