New Mexico, University of New Mexico
Forensic Pathology Fellowship
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Openings for 2024
Under the tutelage of eight board-certified forensic pathologists, this one-year fellowship program prepares pathologists for careers in forensic pathology. The State of New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI), a statewide medical examiner system, is located on the campus of the UNM School of Medicine. This arrangement ensures that the state is provided with excellent facilities and 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 OMI has in-house CT and MRI, as well as an experienced forensic radiologist. 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. 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.
For more information, contact Lauren Decker, M.D. (fellowship director) at LDecker@salud.unm.edu or visit https://pathology.unm.edu/fellowships/forensic-pathology-fellowship.html and http://omi.unm.edu.
New Mexico's mild four season climate and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities combined with a rich cultural heritage complement the educational opportunities. Visit http://www.itsatrip.org to discover Albuquerque. Find out more about our Department and view our YouTube videos at https://hsc.unm.edu/medicine/departments/pathology/.
To apply, please submit: CAP Standardized Fellowship Application form, personal statement, Curriculum Vitae, copies of USMLE Step I, II, III scores, medical school transcript, three letters of recommendation (one of which should come from your program director) and ECFMG certification, if applicable, to: Mary Salazar (MaryASalazar@salud.unm.edu) or by mail to:
New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator
Attention: Lauren Decker, M.D.
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Telephone: (505) 272-3053
Current Application Timeline for 2024-2025:
• Accepting applications: now, deadline November 30, 2022
• Interviews offered and conducted: September 2022 – December 2022
• Registration for Match opens: February 8, 2023
• Ranking period: March 22, 2023 – April 19, 2023
• Match Day: May 3, 2023
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