Kentucky, University of Louisville
University of Louisville Health Sciences Center
Forensic Pathology Fellowship
Openings for 2022 and 2023
Description: The University of Louisville Division of Forensic Pathology, in conjunction with the Kentucky Office
of the Chief Medical Examiner (KY OCME), offers a unique educational opportunity during a 12-month ACGME-accredited fellowship program in Forensic Pathology. The NAME-accredited KY OCME is staffed by six full-time, board-certified forensic pathologists, all of whom actively participate in the training of the forensic
fellow. The office performs approximately 1200 cases per year from both urban and rural areas, encompassing
40 counties. The fellow is thus afforded with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cases,
including cases unique to rural settings, such as farming, hunting, and mining fatalities. Located in one of the
country's largest metropolitan areas, the KY OCME also conducts many cases associated with urban areas.
Ample opportunity is provided for attendance at death scenes. Regularly scheduled didactics include monthly
Journal Clubs, monthly Check Sample reviews, and bi-monthly forensic topic discussions with faculty. Fellows
are provided private office space and ample educational materials, including standard texts and microscopic
glass slide teaching files. The fellow is given time and funds to attend a two week homicide seminar and one
national meeting (either NAME or AAFS). Additional offsite rotations include a forensic toxicology laboratory,
forensic anthropology course, and the Kentucky State Police Crime Laboratory. The fellow participates in the
courtroom experience, first by accompanying the attending physician to court, and later in the year, by giving
sworn testimony in the cases that the fellow has participated.
Requirements: Successful completion of an ACGME-accredited residency in Anatomic Pathology or Anatomic
and Clinical Pathology.
Stipends: Commensurate with the year (5) of postgraduate training
Program Director: William Ralston, MD
Telephone: (502) 489-5209
Address: KY OCME, Bingham Building 1 st floor, 10511 LaGrange Rd, Louisville, KY 40223
Applications: To include U of L application form (available by request) or CAP common application, CV,
medical school transcript, documentation of USMLE scores, and three letters of recommendation.
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