Anatomic Pathology Program
- Dauphin County Coroner's Office
Wayne Ross, MD
Goals and Objectives:
1. Procedural Skills (patient care) and Medical Knowledge:
2. Interpretive Skills (PC, MK, SBP): Be able to interpret, present, and synthesize gross and microscopic pathologic findings with the history and the results of other studies, to produce an autopsy report that explains the cause, manner, and mechanism of death. Discuss postmortem changes in decomposition.
3. Practice-based Learning and Improvement: Demonstrate active growth of forensic pathology knowledge during the rotation, with development of greater accuracy and sophistication in the preparation of autopsy reports. If interested, attend at least one scene investigation. Observe completion of death certificate.
4. Interpersonal and Communications Skills: Effectively communicate with autopsy assistants, funeral home personnel, family members, forensic pathologists, other medical personnel, law enforcement agencies, and attorneys.
5. Professionalism: Complete autopsy reports in the assigned timeframe, according to instructions, and show respect for the body of the deceased during the autopsy.
6. Systems-based Practice: Develop a basic understanding of the medicolegal, social, professional, economic, educational, and health & safety ramifications of forensic pathology within society. Attend court, review report before court date, and attend any meetings related to the court case when possible.
- Level of training: PGY-2 or higher year, after the resident has gained a solid grounding in autopsy pathology
- The resident's autopsy check list must be signed by the pathologist after every forensic autopsy. A log of participation by residents will be kept by the resident. In order to receive proper credit for the case, the resident will return the signed log to the Pathology Residency Coordinator to be placed in the resident's file.
Duration and Timing of the Rotation:
- 4 week block
- Wayne Ross, MD
Background reading (covered independently by resident):
- Medicolegal Investigation of Death. Spitz and Fisher, 3rd edition
- Forensic Pathology. DiMaio, 2nd edition (in PSHMC residents room)
- Gunshot Wounds. DiMaio, 2nd edition
- Forensic Pathology: Principles and Practice. Dolinak, Matshes, Lew
Method(s) of Evaluation:
- Residents will be evaluated based on direct observation by forensic pathologists and staff
- After each rotation, residents will be evaluated by Dr. Ross in New Innovations