OCME Educational and Training Programs

In addition to its public health and medicolegal roles, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner provides educational and training programs.

Fellowship Program

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland, established in 1939, and considered "one of the model State Medicolegal Investigative Systems," has a history of training some of the outstanding medical examiners in this country.  This program of training in forensic pathology continues under the direction of its Board-certified forensic pathologists and a dedicated forensic toxicology staff.  The office is responsible for investigating sudden unexpected deaths, approximately 9,000 per year, in the 23 counties.  Approximately 4,000 autopsies were conducted at the office's facility in Baltimore in the past year.  The office is within walking distance to the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, and close to Johns Hopkins University. Involvement in their pathology programs is encouraged.  A comprehensive curriculum including scene investigation, evidence collection, forensic anthropology and forensic neuropathology and cardiovascular pathology, utilizing the services of local and state crime laboratories, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner complements the autopsy experience.  These, together with participation in court testimony, effectively prepare the fellow for a career in forensic pathology. The position includes two weeks paid vacation in addition to seminar time and excellent health insurance coverage.

Successful completion of an accredited pathology residency training program in either straight anatomic pathology or combined anatomic/clinical pathology.

Application for the fellowship program is Fellowship Application.pdfhere. Send completed applications and inquiries to fellowship@ocmemd.org.

Pathology and Medical Student Electives

Rotating pathology residents and medical students participate in the investigation and post-mortem dissection of OCME cases, then discuss the findings and conclusions with the duty medical examiner.  They also participate in the daily review conference where all the cases are discussed with the attending staff. They are supervised and instructed by the medical examiners of the State of Maryland. The Pathology residents and medical students are actively involved in the prosecutions during the Forensic Pathology rotation and will average approximately one case per day.  They obtain experience during the rotation in the investigation of sudden unexpected deaths, the preparation of medicolegal autopsy reports, the elements of a forensic science team (includes odontology, anthropology, radiology and crime lab experts), and the interpretation of alcohol levels and drug testing results.  They also accompany forensic investigators on scene investigations and Medical Examiners during courtroom testimony.

Please send all requests and inquiries to fellowship@ocmemd.org.

Frances Glessner Lee Seminar in Homicide Investigation

Established in 1945 by Frances Glessner Lee, creator of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, the Harvard Associates in Police Science homicide investigation seminar is the longest-running training program of its kind in the country. Offered first at Harvard University and later at OCME in Baltimore, the seminar remains the standard to which other similar courses aspire.

In the past, enrollment in the course was limited to experienced homicide investigators. Due to demand, enrollment has been expanded to include medical personnel, attorneys, other police officers and private investigators. The week-long seminar provides professionals with training in all aspects of forensic investigation

For more information about the homicide investigation seminar, email info@ocmemd.org.

Send comments or questions to info@ocmemd.org