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Two Forensic Pathology Fellowships at the Connecticut Office of Chief Medical Examiner

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $300,000)

Connecticut's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is seeking funding for two forensic pathology fellowship positions whose overall purpose is to help increase and replenish the number of forensic pathologists. OCME's strategy begins with recruitment. All the pathology residents of the three state pathology programs rotate at OCME's office. OCME offers exceptional training at the NAME-accredited, statewide office and through their core faculty of 8 board-certified forensic pathologists. OCME has American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)-certified investigators and employ a board-certified forensic anthropologist. Their program will closely monitor the progress of their trainees, teach best practices, and pledge that they attain board certification. OCME will transition graduates to practice by full exposure to death investigation, jurisdictional decision-making, quality assurance, and courtroom testimony. They will teach them work-life balance skills as a foundation for a lengthy career in this field.

Several strong partnerships make OCME's training program standout; these include a graduate medical education liaison with the local medical school, all the pathology residency programs and medical schools in the state, an American Board of Forensic Toxicology-accredited toxicology laboratory, a state crime lab and crime scene teams, and a local university with a criminal justice/forensic program.

The most important outcome of this grant funding will allow OCME to deliver high-quality, well-trained, board-eligible forensic pathologists. OCME will monitor the success of the program through board certification rates.

Date Created: September 8, 2023