Toxicological Causes of Death

This 12 part series originally began on January 7th, 2022 and concluded on June 17th, 2022 from 1pm – 2pm (EST) each day. All presentations and material have been archived for you to access as On-Demand content.

The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE), with financial support from the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We are pleased to announce a 12-week series of Grand Rounds Presentations designed to highlight the certification of both commonplace and complex deaths involving drugs and other toxic agents. The series will feature experienced practitioners in forensic pathology and toxicology, who have volunteered their time to share their knowledge and insights into the appropriate certification of these challenging death certifications.

In keeping with AGCME mandates for physicians and residents to attend didactic sessions and conferences, these Grand Rounds sessions are focused not only on education, but on forensic, public health, public safety, and toxicological updates in investigation, assessment, autopsy findings, diagnosis, laboratory testing, and research related to improving death investigations and drug use surveillance through monitoring of overdose morbidity and mortality.

The sessions will present cases, and pose questions, hypotheticals, and scenario analysis relating to the fact scenarios presented. The cases will then be viewed through the lens of the investigation, autopsy, and toxicology results, with discussion of the interpretation of toxicological factors and their incorporation into the determination of the cause and manner determination.

Each presentation will include reference to the incorporation of the toxicological findings into the death certificate.

The contents of the presentations will be compiled into a e-book to include case scenarios and citation to relevant academic and scientific literature. This e-book is intended to be a compendium of documents on medicolegal death investigation, forensic pathology triaging, autopsy and toxicology, and collaboration between public health systems to achieve best practices in vital death certificate reporting.

Please follow one of the links below to be directed to the registration page for that specific event. Each session will be eligible for CE credits (1 hour each) through ABFT and ABC. Participants can elect to sign up for each individual session. All costs for participation are through a cooperative agreement by the NNPHI and the CDC.

*The course content has been reviewed by the ABFT and ABC, and determined to be acceptable for submission to the ABFT or ABC for continuing education credit.

The Collision of COVID and the Opioid Epidemic

Originally occured on January 7th, 2022 from 1pm – 2pm ET
Presenter: Dr. Greg G. Davis - Professor and Director of the Forensic Division of the Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Greg Davis