Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office Now Accepting Applications for Student Shadow Program

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Spring applications due by March 7; Fall applications due by October 10

CUYAHOGA COUNTY – The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office is currently accepting applications from eligible students for its CCMEO Student Shadow Program.

The CCMEO Student Shadow Program is a mix of education-based lectures and hands-on learning, designed to provide students with greater exposure to forensic science. This program consists of 12 participants per session, and is only open to eligible high school and college-level students (juniors and seniors only). Students must provide the following to apply:
"With the increased interest in forensic science, this program offers students a practical introduction to this fascinating and evolving field," said Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, Dr. Thomas Gilson. "We hope they finish the day with an appreciation of the critical roles that forensic science plays many areas in the community."

All students can expect to receive a tour of the facility, hear presentations from our professional investigators, and experience a hands-on demonstration in our Mock Scene Training Area. Only college students are eligible to participate in Viewing & Demonstration Autopsy.

Session Dates & Agendas:

2014 Dates:

High School


Spring Session Friday, April 18, 2014 Friday, April 25, 2014
Fall Session Friday, November 21, 2014 Friday, December 19, 2014

High School Shadow Program Agenda

College Shadow Program Agenda

08:00 - 08:30 Introduction to CCMEO
08:30 - 09:00 Viewing & Break
09:30 - 10:00 Introduction to CCMEO 09:00 - 10:00 Death Scene Investigation
10:00 - 12:00 Facility Tour 10:00 - 12:00 Demonstration Autopsy
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (brown bag) 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (brown bag)
1:00 - 2:00 Death Scene Investigation 1:00 - 3:00 Facility Tour
2:00 - 3:00 Mock Scene Investigation 3:00 - 4:00 Mock Scene Investigation
3:00 - 3:30 Closing/Dismissal 4:00 - 4:30 Closing/Dismissal

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