Medicolegal Death Investigation Training

Registration is now open for the 2012 Medicolegal Death Investigation (MDI) online training program. This no-cost training is provided by NIJ and NFSTC to eligible forensic MDI practitioners, including medical examiners and coroners. Participants who successfully complete the training can earn up to 16 continuing education credits from ABMDI.

The program, titled Forensic Sciences: An Overview for Medicolegal Death Investigators, aims to provide medicolegal death investigation practitioners with general knowledge of the scope and application of the forensic sciences within the criminal justice system. Topics include crime scene processing and photography, latent fingerprint processing, controlled substances analysis, toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, forensic odontology, firearm and tool mark collection and preservation, trace evidence analysis, fire debris analysis, explosives and explosive device identification, and forensic biology (serology/DNA).

Online coursework will be available April 2012 through September 2012 via the NFSTC Online Learning System (NOLS) and includes a pre-test, theoretical instruction, required reading, discussion board activities, and a post-test. Trainees should be prepared to dedicate a minimum of 16-20 hours to complete online coursework activities.

To learn more, go to the NFSTC website.

 
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