MDI Course – Basic

Course Description

This unique 3-day course covers fundamental topics of forensic pathology, examination, photographing and documentation of death scenes; evidence recognition, preservation and collection; and decedent identification. Participants will enhance their knowledge by conducting investigations of dynamic mock scenes. The mock scenes are interactive and require participants to role play.


This program provides basic training for Medicolegal Death Investigators, Coroners, Medical Examiners, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Paramedics/EMT, Physicians, Nurses, Attorneys, Forensic Scientists, Funeral Directors and Embalmers. If you have any questions about whether you qualify, please contact the Education Committee ( before registering. Limited to 24 participants.

Program Schedule

  • Introduction to the Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Death Reporting & Death Certification
  • Postmortem Changes and Forensic Identification
  • Natural Disease
  • Fingerprinting for Forensic Identification
  • Blunt and Sharp Force Trauma
  • Asphyxia
  • Environmental Injuries
  • Postmortem Artifacts
  • Gunshot and Shotgun wounds
  • Head Trauma/Neuropathology
  • Intoxication
  • In-Custody Deaths
  • Water-Related Deaths
  • SUIDI Introduction
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigations
  • Infant and Child Deaths
  • Child Fatality Case Review with Demonstration
  • Medicolegal Death Investigations/Field Guide
  • Investigation of Specific Scene Types
  • Minimum Standards for Photography
  • Scene Demonstration Using Body Camera
  • Report Writing

*Subject to Change



Continuing Medical Education Credits

IACP August Vollmer Award medalThis activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint provider ship of MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office. MetroHealth Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MetroHealth Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CLE credits are available and pre-approved for 21.5 credits by the Ohio Supreme Court and sponsored by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.


The fee for this 3-day course is $350.

Refund Policy

All requests for refunds must be made in writing and received three weeks before the course. The registration fee minus a $50 processing fee will be refunded after the course.


The program is held at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office

11001 Cedar Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

*FREE parking on-site


No group rate is available; however, four nearby hotels provide shuttle service. Ask for the Government Employee Rate.