Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program

2017 New Residents and Fellows Reception - Shipe, Forensics

This ACGME accredited fellowship with the State of Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), is for one year commencing July 1 and ending on June 30. 

Our fellows work with and are mentored by twelve Board-certified forensic pathologists within the OCME and have the opportunity to consult with specialists in areas such as neuropathology, forensic odontology, cardiac pathology, and forensic anthropology. 

We have a diverse curriculum schedule that includes lectures, conferences, labs, specialty courses on odontology, anthropology, radiology and hands-on instruction.  A rotation through the Department of Forensic Science allows the fellow to see and understand how evidence is processed and assessed.

Fellows will have an opportunity to attend a national meeting for NAME or AAFS.

There is training and instruction with lawyers and court room experience. 

The fellow will consult with families, law enforcement, attorneys and others involved with their cases. 

Certified Mediocolegal Investigators participate in teaching fellows how to take reports of death and investigate scenes. 

The fellow will participate in journal presentations, attend and participate in mortality review meetings, have the opportunity to develop research projects and participate in student education.

OCME participates in mass casualty exercises and drills with state and federal agencies featuring PAPR training, FEMA lectures, and ICS/Unified Command Structure education.

OCME Virginia is one of the nation’s first statewide decentralized medical examiner systems, one advantage of this is the uniformity of job performance, standards and training.  All four district offices are available for training, and feature diverse patient populations.

Our office is NAME accredited and the forensic training program fulfills the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pathology’s certification in Forensic Pathology.

Further information and an application are available at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Web Site.

Requirements:  Applicants must be eligible for AP, AP/CP or AP and subspecialty board certification.  You must be able to obtain an unrestricted medical license and driver license for the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Program Director: Jennifer Bowers, MD