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Medicolegal Death Investigation (English Version)
Instrutor: Charlotte Carter, M.S., D-ABMDI
Version: Online, English.
Term: Six weeks in total; one Class per Week + Self-Study Material
Study Hours: Students should spend an average of 20 hours (classes and assessments) for course completion.
A review of medicolegal death investigation and its role in the justice system and public health. This class focuses on the importance of identification of the deceased and communication with family members. These goals are met by understanding field and morgue duties, relationships with law enforcement, hospitals, emergency services, organ procurement organizations, and funeral service providers. Also discussed are medical/anatomical terminology, common medicines, medical procedures (particularly emergency medical intervention), and taphonomy.
This course is perfect for any Medical Examiner’s Investigator (MEI), Coroner’s Investigator, law enforcement professional related and/or individuals who, due to his/her daily labor, can become first responders to the scene of a death. This course will include fundamental information needed for these professionals can respond as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Students will have access each week to one lesson and self-study material related to the class topic. Within the week the lesson is available, the students have to watch the video/s related to the week’s lesson and also answer a 5 questions quiz related to the topics learned during that week. These questions will be graded and will be part of the student final grade.
In the last week of the course, it will be available a final exam consisting of a 15 questions quiz, which will be also part of the student final score. A certificate of approval is issued to students that successfully complete the course with a score equal or over 60%.
This course will provide you with the ability to:
- Identify the types of deaths that require a medicolegal death investigation
- Implement effective scene response to aid in the determination of cause and manner of death
- Facilitate communication with outside agencies, witnesses, and family members
- Identify and interpret common postmortem changes and medical intervention artifacts
- Incorporate various specialists that can aid investigation including entomology, anthropology, and microbiology
SCHEDULE, TOPICS AND GRADING:
Lesson 1: Role of the Medical Examiner Investigator
Sep. 4th - Sep.10th
Sep.10th (1st evaluation)
Lesson 2: Communication and Scene Response Preparation
Sep. 11th - Sep.17th
Sep.17th (2nd evaluation)
Lesson 3: On Scene Response/Scientific Knowledge (Part 1)
Sep. 18th - Sep. 24th
Sep. 24th (3rd evaluation)
Lesson 4: On Scene Response/Scientific Knowledge (Part 2)
Sep. 25th - Oct. 1st
Oct. 1st (4th evaluation)
Lesson 5: Closing an Investigation
Oct. 2nd - Oct. 8th
Oct. 8th (5th evaluation)
Lesson 6: Course Summary and Final Exam
Oct. 9th - Oct. 15th
Oct. 15th. (Final Exam)
MATERIAL DE ESTUDIO Y TEXTOS:
- Medicolegal Death Investigator: A Systematic training Program for the Professional Death Investigator. Steven C. Clark, Mary Fran Ernst, William D. Haglund, Jeffrey M. Jentzen. 1996.
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