Anatomic Pathology Program
- Dauphin County Coroner's Office
Forensic Pathology (Dauphin County Coroner's Office)
1. Procedural Skills (patient care) and Medical Knowledge:
| Autopsy pathology |
| Forensic pathology |
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.
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.
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.
- 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 at PSHMC by Ms. Weaver, for documentation purposes. It is the responsibility of the resident to return their signed attendance sheet to Ms. Weaver after attending an autopsy in order to receive proper credit for the case.
Duration and Timing of the Rotation:
- 1 month
- Wayne Ross, MD
- 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:
- Faculty observation