Forensic Pathology Fellowship

Program Description

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), in conjunction with the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office and West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center (WTRFC) is offering a one-year forensic pathology fellowship. The fellowship is part of the Department of Pathology in the UTHSC College of Medicine.

The fellow will perform approximately 250 autopsies under the mentorship of five American Board of Pathology certified forensic pathologists. The WTRFC performs approximately 1,000 autopsies per year for most of the counties west of the Tennessee River. The fellow will encounter a wide variety of cases ranging from traumatic deaths, toxicological deaths and natural deaths. The trainee is expected to gain experience as an expert witness in court proceedings. Being affiliated with the UTHSC Department of Pathology, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Methodist UT Hospital allows consultations in many pathology subspecialties including pediatric pathology, neuropathology and all of the surgical pathology subspecialties, as well as access to medical microbiology and clinical chemistry. A forensic odontologist is on staff at the WTRFC to provide consultation and training in forensic odontology.

A two week course in forensic toxicology is provided at NMS Labs in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. The trainee will attend courses in forensic science at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations in Nashville, Tennessee, and a course in forensic anthropology at the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Research Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The fellow will take calls with ABMDI registered death investigators and attend death scenes throughout Memphis, Shelby County and most of West Tennessee. The fellow will attend a national forensic pathology conference and present research performed during the fellowship.

Program Requirements 

Must have completed AP/CP or AP post graduate year 3. Must be eligible for medical licensure in Tennessee.

Applications

Applicants should submit a copy of the CV, personal statement of interest and goals, and three letters of reference (directly) to the Residency Program Coordinator. Completed applications must be received by October 31 of the year preceding anticipated start date.

Director

Paul Benson, MD
Forensic Pathologist

Email: pbenson@uthsc.edu

 

Contact Us

Pathology Residency/Fellowships

Toni Buckhanon
GME Coordinator
920 Madison Avenue
Suite 447
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5364
Email: tbuckhan@uthsc.edu