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Medicolegal Death Investigators Training

Offered twice each year, SLU's  four or five day Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course provides individuals with information on how to conduct scientific, systematic and thorough death scene and telephone investigations for medical examiner and coroner offices.

The basic training is equally valuable to police officers, coroners, physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, attorneys, forensic scientists and others who are involved in the investigation of violent, suspicious or unexpected deaths that fall under the jurisdiction of medicolegal authorities.

The Masters Advance Death Investigator Conference is held bi-annually and will cover current topics that have taken place since the last Masters Conference. The next date for this course will be July 2021. Please review the Masters18 website for more information regarding the eligibility to register for this advanced conference.

About the Course

The purpose of this course is to provide information to individuals who work in or work with medicolegal offices. This course is intended as an introductory level course for those new to medicolegal death investigation. Participants learn to develop the essential facts regarding the death scene, medical history, and other information that assists medical examiners/coroners in the determination of a person's cause and manner of death.

Lectures are presented by forensic specialists on all major categories of deaths that occur in medicolegal jurisdictions, with particular emphasis placed on the investigator's role in the death investigation. Since the majority of the presenters are from the St. Louis Metropolitan area, Medicolegal procedures of the local jurisdictions are presented, however, many of these procedures can be transferred to your local jurisdiction.

The course is designed to teach the 29 national guidelines as set forth in the National Institutes of Justice 1999 publication, Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator. Participants are instructed in the proper way to disseminate information to forensic scientists and law enforcement personnel so that a coordinated, efficient and complete death investigation can be achieved.

This course emphasizes the medical aspects of death investigation and is not designed to be a homicide seminar. This course is designed as an introductory level course. Experience death investigators seeking information beyond the basic introductory information presented in the Basic MLDI course should consider our Masters Death Investigation Course. 

Registering for the Course

Course Dates

Please note the same content will be taught at both the four-day and five-day course. The four-day course has a working lunch on two days that covers content normally taught on Friday. This four-day schedule allows departments that have smaller budgets to leave Thursday night, saving on hotel expenses and maximizing employee time.

Select the registration link for the session you want to attend. You will have the opportunity to review the activity information prior to completing your registration and payment.

The registration system will provide you with up-to-date activity information, instant confirmation and payment receipts and a confirmation number to use for modification of your registration if you need to add dinner guest or CME/CE certificate payment.

A welcome reception is held on Monday evening of each of the educational activities, as is a dinner on Wednesday evening. Both are complementary for participants. More information is available on the website if you wish to bring a guest.

Course Directors

Michael A. Graham, M.D.
Professor and co-director
Division of Forensic Pathology
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Chief Medical Examiner, City of St. Louis

MariaTeresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant, Ph.D., D-ABFA
Course Co-Director
Associate Professor - Department of Pathology, Director of Forensic Education
Adjunct Associate Professor - Center for Anatomical Science and Education 
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Registration questions for the Basic or Advanced Course please send an email to or call 314-977-7401 and speak to the CME Program Director, Tammi Mooshegian.

College Credit Available

The course qualifies for two hours of undergraduate or graduate credit through Saint Louis University.

Individuals interested in college credit must register and pay the basic course fee through this website and also register separately through banner for the college credit course. Additional course fees apply. Payment for the University credit hours will be invoiced separately by the University Registrar.

For additional information about college credit, contact Barb Weekley at