Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $100,000)
There is a critical shortage of board-certified forensic pathologists in the United States. Forensic pathologists are physicians who have completed additional medical specialty training in autopsies and death investigations, as well as generalized training in courtroom testimony, criminalists, toxicology and other forensic science-related specialties.
Death investigations performed by Medical Examiner offices are vital to criminal justice by investigating violent deaths. Of the 2.6 million deaths annually, Medical Examiner offices investigate nearly 500,000 cases in approximately 2,400 jurisdictions. Many communities lack adequate personnel to perform these autopsies due to the shortage of board-certified forensic pathologists. The purpose of this grant application is to secure funds for the Milwaukee County Medical Examiners Office (MCMEO) to train one Forensic Pathology Fellow, to help address the inadequate supply of forensic pathologists. The MCMEO is fully accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), and its forensic laboratory is fully accredited through the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. CA/NCF