for Forensic Pathology Fellows and Toxicologists - HYBRID

Drug toxicity is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Comprehensive death investigations of suspected drug-involved deaths include comprehensive scene investigation, a forensic autopsy and forensic toxicology testing. Information from the scene and history allows the forensic pathologist to ensure that the correct samples are collected at autopsy and the appropriate testing panels are selected for testing. Evidence collected at autopsy may indicate the involvement of drugs or other toxic substances not indicated from the scene. Once the test results are available, forensic pathologists and toxicologists work together to interpret the toxicology findings in the context of the case and help ensure that the presence of drugs is given the appropriate weight in the pathologist’s certification of the death.

This course has been designed to provide an overview of the investigation of suspected drug caused and related deaths, the best practices for the pathologist and toxicologist to work together, best practices in toxicological testing, and the interpretation of the results.

The faculty consists of experienced medicolegal death investigators, forensic pathologists and toxicologists, who will review the investigation process, indicators of drug involvement from scene examination, the forensic autopsy and review the forensic pharmacology and toxicology of the major drug classes involved in drug deaths in 2024. This year, we have packed the agenda with some of the best presenters, forensic pathologists, and forensic toxicologists in the world! We welcome back Dr. Jim Gill, Chief Medical Examiner with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of Connecticut and Dr. Barry Logan, Forensic Toxicologist and Chief Scientist with NMS Labs and CFSRE. We also welcome a new presenter to this event, Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, Chief Medical Examiner with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner at Cook County, Illinois. The agenda is finalized, so take a look at all of the other presenters we will have join us during the week!

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The course features sections on involvement in drug related deaths of opioids, CNS depressants, stimulants, antidepressants and antipsychotics, novel psychoactive substances including hallucinogens, opioids and cannabinoids, anticonvulsants, alcohol and ketoacidosis, and other topics. Each session in structured to review the basics of the pharmacology, adverse effects, and guidance to interpretation of drug concentrations, and concludes with the perspectives of leading forensic pathologist Dr Jim Gill, Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Connecticut who will present examples of cases in each of the drug classes covered. The program also includes an in-depth consideration of postmortem redistribution, and other factors that affect interpretation.

The program concludes with a day-visit to a national forensic toxicology reference laboratory (NMS Labs) where the attendees will have the opportunity to shadow forensic toxicologists as they review cases and data and explain the process for reporting results.

This highly interactive program encourages attendees to discuss their own cases, and receive feedback from our toxicology panel, and forensic experts.

This year we have secured a discounted block of rooms at the Motto by Hilton in heart of downtown Philadelphia. They are located two blocks from Rittenhouse Square, five blocks from Broad Street, and less than a mile from 30th Street (Amtrak) Station. The Convention Center, LOVE Park, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art are all within walking distance! Also be sure to savor vibrant Mexican dishes and cocktails at Condesa or swing by El Café for breakfast tacos, fresh pastries, and coffee. Their rooftop taqueria, El Techo, features handmade tortillas and great views of the Philadelphia skyline.

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31 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Mutter Museum’s location in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia offers exceptional opportunity to enjoy the museum and late summer in the city. If, however, you are unable to personally join, the Postmortem Interpretive Toxicology Course is also offered through state of the art, hybrid technology. The HYBRID, Online Version will feature a live, simultaneous broadcast of the presentations from the podium at the Mutter Museum, with the opportunity for virtual interaction with on-site attendees and faculty through a Q&A window and chat feature. This mode is best suited to participants who are unable to travel to in-person meetings or attendees over the allowable capacity of the conference room.

CFSRE offers this training opportunity only one time per year. The 2024 Postmortem Toxicology Training, with its world-leading experts and expertise, should not be missed! We look forward to your registration and attendance.



Monday, October 7th, 2024 from 8:00am - 5:00pm ET

Tuesday, October 8th, 2024 from 8:00am - 5:00pm ET

Wednesday, October 9th, 2024 from 8:00am - 4:00pm ET

Thursday, October 10th, 2024 from 8:00am - 1:00pm ET

Registration: $1800 per person

*All presentations must be attended to receive credit