This 12-month training program is designed to prepare individuals for a career in forensic pathology. The fellowship provides primary training at the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, which is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners and with academic ties to the University of Colorado - School of Medicine. Additional rotations at the Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory and local forensic toxicology laboratory provide training in DNA/serology, firearms, trace evidence, scene documentation and photography, latent prints, drug analysis and toxicology. The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner accepts primary jurisdiction of approximately 1,200 cases each year, and performs approximately 650-850 medicolegal autopsies and 250-300 external examinations and/or record reviews each year. Faculty includes four AP/CP/FP board certified pathologists. Support staff includes 9 medicolegal death investigators and at least 4 full time forensic autopsy technicians. The fellow will be expected to perform between 200 and 250 autopsies, and will be responsible for the final report and death certification process for these cases. In addition, the fellow will communicate with families, law enforcement, attorneys, health professionals and other interested parties. The fellow will also participate in community emergency preparedness and various death review processes, provide testimony and expert opinion as available, and participate in resident and medical student education. During the training period the fellow will develop skills in forensic photography, evidence collection with maintenance of chain of custody, interpretation of postmortem laboratory testing, and identification of remains. The fellow is strongly encouraged to present a paper or poster at a national forensic meeting.
Applicants must have graduated from an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy, be eligible for medical licensure in the State of Colorado, and be board-eligible or board-certified in AP or AP/CP by the start of the fellowship term. An interview is required. Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the completion of a background check, part of which is a criminal history.
The fellow will be an employee of the City and County of Denver. The salary for this position is currently $100,313.35. Benefits with the City and County of Denver meet the requirements of ACGME.
Forensic Fellowship Application
For application deadlines and openings see: Fellowship Programs Information
Application and information can be found on the University of Colorado School of Medicine website. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Completed applications, along with a current CV, letter of interest and three letters of reference should be sent to:
Meredith A. Frank, MD
Assistant Medical Examiner
Denver Office of the Medical Examiner
500 Quivas St
Denver, CO 80204
Application also must be made to the City and County of Denver at www.denvergov.org/jobs.
Residency / Fellowship Program Coordinator
Academic Office 1 - Department of Pathology
12631 E. 17th Avenue
Mail Stop B216
Aurora, Colorado 80045