Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office operates a one-year Fellowship Training Program in Forensic Pathology, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


The fellow candidate must be a licensed M.D. or D.O. in Missouri and have completed medical school, completed 3-4 years of pathology residency training in Anatomic Pathology and/or Anatomical and Clinical Pathology.

Training Course

The training course begins with orientation and didactic lectures, followed by graduated responsibility in case difficulty and complexity. Forensic Pathology knowledge is gained by scene investigations and performance of approximately 200 to 250 autopsies. Fellows will have observed court testimony and depositions by the end of the 1 year fellowship. Categorized records provide excellent study materials for research projects and board preparation. At year’s end the Fellow should be educated with skills and logic needed to practice forensic pathology independently.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office received its ACGME accreditation in 2002, 2007, and 2012 with full accreditation through 2019.

Current Program

The Forensic Pathology Fellowship program for 2023-2024 has been filled.