Death investigation in New Mexico is a statewide system. The Office of the Medical Investigator is located on the campus of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in the city of Albuquerque. This arrangement ensures the state is provided with excellent facilities in death investigation as well as affording outstanding educational and research opportunities in forensic pathology.
It is in this fertile environment that the forensic pathology fellow conducts a substantial number of medicolegal autopsies on routine and unusual cases from around the state and is given substantial control of cases (natural, accidental, suicidal and homicidal) at all levels, commensurate with their increasing ability.
Training during the year includes rotations in toxicology, forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, and the state and local crime labs. The trainee is afforded the opportunity to testify in court, under supervision and direction, and is also encouraged to witness testimony by others who are experienced in courtroom dialogue.
The Office of the Medical Investigator is a state of the art facility with in house computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Postmortem CT scans are performed on the majority of decedents and are interpreted by a board certified forensic radiologist. Trainees will have in depth exposure to radiology interpretation under the guidance of our forensic radiologist.
Ian Paul, MD
Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program
New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 925-6650
In this system, consultations are presented to all of the senior pathologists for review and advice. The trainee is allowed to actively participate in these interesting consultations. In addition to the case-by-case instruction, the trainee will be involved in didactic teaching and should be a participant in the annual Medicolegal Investigation of Death seminar conducted each year for investigators and law enforcement personnel.
The OMI program provides one year of in-depth training in forensic pathology, and applicants must have completed training in either straight anatomic or combined clinical and anatomic pathology in an ACGME-accredited residency program by the beginning of the fellowship year.
The Office of the Medical Investigator accepts four fellows per academic year. Applicants are selected for interviews following review of their completed application materials and letters of recommendation. The interview process usually takes place in the late Fall each year, and positions are filled 1-1/2 years ahead of time.