North Carolina, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Forensic Pathology Fellowship
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Openings for 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020
Wake Forest Baptist Health encompassing Wake Forest School of Medicine announces an immediate opening for one forensic pathology fellowship position for 2017 and potential openings for 2018 and beyond. The autopsy service at Wake Forest Baptist Health is a designated Regional Autopsy Center for the medical examiner system in North Carolina and provides guidance and forensic autopsy services for county medical examiners in 32 counties within the western portion of North Carolina. A forensic pathology fellow at this institution can expect a wide variety of cases encompassing deaths in more populated urban areas and rural, mountainous areas. Expected autopsy cases encompass homicides by all classifications of traumatic injuries, including gunshot fatalities by a wide variety of firearms, blunt force trauma, poisonings, various forms of accidental deaths as well as interesting natural manners of death. The service performs approximately 950 autopsies per year, and its moderate caseload is conducive to dedicated teaching of the fellow. The fellow is expected to perform about 200 medicolegal autopsies and construct thorough autopsy reports, engage in scholarly activity, including (but not limited to) presenting at a national forensic meeting, and interact with rotating pathology residents and medical students. The fellow will gain ample opportunity honing communication skills with families, law enforcement, attorneys and other interested parties. The fellow is expected to be appointed as a county medical examiner for Forsyth County and will have opportunity to attend death scenes in this county. The fellow will also have opportunities to observe faculty give expert witness testimony and participate in expert witness simulation provided by the associated Wake Forest University law school.
The autopsy staff consists of board-certified forensic pathologists who have over 80 combined years of post fellowship experience performing medicolegal autopsies. This program has forensic pathologists with dedicated expertise in pediatric and neonatal/placental pathology. Two neuropathologists are on faculty in the Department of Pathology and examine selected specimens at a weekly neuropathology conference. The autopsy service has access to in-house radiology and histology services. The fellow will be expected to attend various Trauma Morbidity & Mortality conferences and the local county Child Fatality Review meetings.
Fellows in this program have access to consultants in forensic anthropology, odontology, surgical/cyto- and hematopathology and forensic toxicology. Weekly didactic conferences of photographic images of autopsy cases, discussion of the day's cases at morning report, a bimonthly difficult case conference, and access to abundant up-to-date resources in the medical school's library and from a dedicated electronic library enrich the fellow's education.
Prior to appointment in the program, fellows must have one of the following: successful completion of a residency in anatomic or anatomic/clinical pathology accredited by the ACGME; successful completion of residency in anatomic or anatomic/clinical pathology located in Canada accredited by the RCPSC or CFPC; or, certification by the ABP in anatomic pathology. The fellow must obtain an unrestricted North Carolina medical license or physician training license and possess a valid driver's license.
Winston-Salem is a vibrant small city whose downtown focuses on the arts, is home to 5 separate universities, has an affordable cost of living, and lies at the foot of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Additional information about Winston-Salem can be found at this link: www.visitwinstonsalem.com.
Interested persons may contact the following person:
Anna G. McDonald, MD
Associate Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program Director
Jerri McLemore, MD
Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program Director