LMP2207H: Practicum in Forensic Pathology
For Pathologists' Assistant students in the MHsc in Laboratory Medicine program.
A 0.5 FCE practical hands-on training course taking place at the Forensic Services and Coroners Complex in North Toronto.
You will spend 4 full days a week (7 hours per day) at the facility for 6 weeks.
The principal goal of this six-week rotation is to impart you with all the necessary knowledge and technical skills to safely and effectively assist with performing autopsies in community practice.
You will work in a diverse and multidisciplinary team assisting in performing coronial autopsies in the largest death investigation system in North America.
You will be exposed to a broad spectrum of case types ranging from sudden natural death to polytrauma. We will teach you through didactic, small group and one-on-one sessions with graduated technical responsibility starting with observation, followed by stepwise addition of technical skills for the efficient performance of a complete autopsy.
We will cover the tasks associated with performing autopsies including setup, safe body transfer, cleaning, photography, preparation for release as well as specimen collection and handling.
Course co-coordinator (practicum)
The course coordinator:
- develops the curriculum
- facilitates lectures that supplement the applied practical work
- monitors quality assurance for the course
- evaluates student’s knowledge and technical skills at the completion of the course
- receives teaching and evaluation assistance from experienced staff pathologist’s assistants in the applied parts of the curriculum.