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Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program

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Date Published
October 2023
2 pages

This fact sheet provides an overview of a program for strengthening the medicolegal death investigation workforce by addressing and attempting to remedy the national shortage of practicing, board-certified forensic pathologists; it provides a program summary, a listing of accomplishments, funding and awards from 2017 to 2023, and grantee spotlights.


This brief document provides a factual overview of the Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program, to address the national shortage of practicing and board-certified forensic pathologists. It notes that the variation in the practice of death investigation across the U.S. results in inconsistent provision of medicolegal death investigation (MDI) services, and the Program was initiated in 2017 in order to address that variation, and to strengthen the quality and consistency of medical examiner-coroner (ME/C) services and ensure equitable application of death investigation services. The fact sheet provides a chart that displays fellowship and accreditation awards since 2017; it lists program accomplishments; and highlights past grantees. It also provides links and contact information for more program details.