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2018 IAC&ME - Session IV: Census and Surveillance Efforts: Insight into the U.S. Medicolegal Death Investigation System
On behalf of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IAC&ME), welcome to the 2018 IAC&ME Training Symposium.
Original Live Webinar took place on 07/23/2018 at the International Academy of Coroners & Medical Examiners.

Census and Surveillance Efforts: Insight into the U.S. Medicolegal Death Investigation System
Presenters:  Dr. Jeri Ropero-Miller & Dr. Hope Smiley-McDonald

In 2015, nearly 2.5 million people died in the United States. Of these, about one million were referred to the nation’s medical examiner and coroner offices (MECs), which accepted about half of these cases. MEC caseloads are at all-time high because many of these deaths require a complex, in-depth investigation. Drug overdose deaths require significant resources to investigate, and the exponential escalation of drug related deaths in the United States have led to national efforts to implement more effective and timely awareness of the epidemiology, drug statistics, and unprecedented challenges that burden the medical examiner and coroner community. Between 2007 and 2017, there was limited information about the state of the medicolegal death investigation (MDI) community on a national scale. Two federal efforts are underway that will empower MDI leadership and inform decision makers and budget administrators to lead and manage more effectively by providing timely, useful evidence to guide resource allocations, staffing, and budgets. 
Attendees will gain an understanding of two federal efforts that will summarize operations, caseload, and practices of MECs nationwide, including key differences between coroners and medical examiners. Attendees will also have evidence-based knowledge regarding infrastructure-related challenges faced by MECs in addition to recognizing how these national data can not only improve our understanding of the state of the MDI, but also how the sharing of these analytical data can facilitate leveraging resources. Attendees will receive notice of an important federal future data collection. 

This year, the IAC&ME hosted a combined Basic and Advanced Medicolegal Death Investigation (MDI) course in addition to its general conference program in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year’s program provided another excellent opportunity to learn from some of the best speakers in their respective fields of expertise. IAC&ME partnered with NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) to provide a portion of their symposium to an online audience.
The IAC&ME has over 80 years of experience in the presentation of educational seminars for the purpose of assisting coroners, medical examiners, and other forensic specialists in the performance of their duties. This commitment is engrained in the Association’s mission statement, “The International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners is committed to advancing the accurate determination of the cause and the manner of death through the utilization of science, medicine and the law.” This training symposium brought together leaders in MDI to one location for training, education, and networking.

Please see our website for information on obtaining ABMDI or POST credits: https://forensiccoe.org/workshop/2018-iacme-training-symposium/
This presentation was recorded in its entirety at the time of the live event in order to capture the one on one interaction with the presenter. Funding for this collaborative IAC&ME and FTCOE event was provided by the National Institute of Justice.


Dr. Jeri Ropero-Miller & Dr. Hope Smiley-McDonald
Dr. Jeri Ropero-Miller - Chief Scientist, Center for Forensic Sciences, RTI International

Dr. Hope Smiley-McDonald - Director, Investigative Sciences Program, RTI International