Masters 18 Advanced Death Investigator Conference

Date & Location
Monday, August 5, 2019, 7:00 AM - Thursday, August 8, 2019, 4:30 PM, Hyatt Regency at the Arch, St. Louis, MO


Four Day Advanced Conference



The ORIGINAL Advanced Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course.  This conference is designed for the instruction of experienced medicolegal death investigators, forensic pathologists, law enforcement officers, forensic scientists, physicians, attorneys, and investigative personnel that have previously been trained in a basic death investigation program. Attendees are expected to be knowledgeable of basic death investigation techniques.  Graduates of the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course, sponsored by Saint Louis University School of Medicine, will have been provided this background. The 2019 Masters Conference topics have been chosen with the practical educational needs of the medicolegal death investigator in mind.

A nationally recognized faculty will present subject matter that will be useful to the attendees.  The Masters Conference is conducted every two years during the late summer to provide a regular colloquium for those who wish to keep current on issues in the field of death investigation.  The topics change in each Masters Conference to reflect new information developing at that time.  This specific program will not be repeated again at any future Masters Conference.

Full agenda will be posted as soon as it is available.

This Year's Presentations include:

  • The Opioid Epidemic- It affects everyone
  • Confrontation: Where Forensic Science Meets the 6th Amendment
  • Inter-agency Collaboration: The Recovery, Analysis and Identification of the Skeletal Remains of Three Missing Females
  • Half Day Workshop on Trauma and Stress on the Medicolegal Investigator
  • OSAC Update for the Medicolegal Death Investigator
  • An Interactive Session in Forensic Medicine and Pathology on Admissibility of Scientific Evidence in Shaken baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma
  • Elder Abuse Investigations


$700.00 per credit hour for undergraduate and $580 per credit hour for graduate students.

Attendance at this conference qualifies for 2 hours of college credit through Saint Louis University for those currently enrolled at SLU and pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree and are interested in obtaining additional college credit toward their degree and to be eligible for the student rate. To help offset the additional cost of SLU tuition for the 2 hours of college credit, there is a limited number of reduced Masters conference student spots available at a reduced conference rate for those who qualify.  Student registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, and as registration capacity permits. Non-SLU students interested in obtaining college credit for attending this course may also receive a reduced student conference rate.  Inquiries regarding fees and eligibility requirements may be directed to the SLU CME Office at 314-977-7322 or   You will be required to submit a letter of request, on appropriate school letterhead, from your advisor or department chair stating that this course would be beneficial to your studies and SLU credits would transfer and be accepted toward your degree.  Fax to the SLU CME Office at 314-977-4533 or scan and email to  Please be sure to include your email address.  After your school letter has been received and reviewed, we will email you a Masters Conference Student Registration Form.  Completed forms may be returned by mail, or email.  We will register you and send you a registration confirmation which will reflect the conference fee balance due of $450.00 (this fee does not include hotel, travel or college credits) Conference fees must be paid in full before the conference in order to hold your spot. Separate registration with Saint Louis University for college credit will be completed on the first day of the conference, and you will be billed for the college tuition fees. Click here for additional information on SLU College Credit; for any questions or to express your intent to ENROLL for college credit, please contact Barb Weekley at

Course Directors:

Michael Graham, MD

Course Co-Director

Professor Department of Pathology

Saint Louis University School Of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

Maria Teresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant, PhD, D-ABFA

Course Co-Director

Associate Professor - Center for Anatomical Science and Education Director Human Anatomy Lab Operations Adjunct Associate Professor - Department of Pathology Director of Forensic Education

Saint Louis University School of Medicine -Center for Anatomical Science and Education (CASE) 1402 S. Grand Blvd.  M306 St. Louis, MO  63104

Registration Fees:

Individual Basic Conference Course Fee: 

$750.00 Basic Conference Fee includes: Admission to conference sessions (four days) Conference folio which includes:  Lanyard and name badge, pad of paper, pen, flash drive Course Syllabus Material will be made available to registered participants on a Google shared site for participants to review/download prior to the activity Welcoming Reception (Monday):  Heavy appetizers and cocktails Course Dinner (Wednesday)  A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to all attendees on the last day of the course and  one (1) Continuing Education certificate, if needed. When update, please refer to the Accreditation information below to review list of professional continuing education certifications for which this activity has been approved.  It is the responsibility of the participant to understand their board's requirements for continuing education credits.  If more three or more participant registers from the same office there is a $50.00 discount.  Please select the $700.00 fee when registering if applicable.You will need to email the CME office with proof of same office employment.

Daily light breakfast and afternoon snack  Coffee, hot tea, soft drinks and water provided throughout each day of the conference. 

Single Day Listen & Learn Fee:

Register to attend 1 or 2 days only Must indicate at time of registration which 1 or 2 day(s) you will be attending. No certificates of attendance or CME/CE credit certificates will be awarded for attendees registered at this level. No course material will be given to attendees registered at this level. Fee includes participation to listen and learn in classroom sessions for days indicated. Fee includes light breakfast and afternoon snack for day(s) indicated. Registrants at this level are not eligible to attend the networking reception or dinner.

1 day fee - $100.00 2 day fee - $150.00

Attendance at the course will only be allowed if you have pre-registered and paid-in-full by July 15, 2019 (no walk-in registrations will be taken).

Badge is required for admittance to course and must be worn at all times throughout the week. Optional Items: Additional Dinner Party Guest(s):  $50.00 each.

All registered participants and guests are invited to attend the Welcome Reception on Monday at no additional charge. All registered participants are invited to attend the Course Dinner on Wednesday evening.  If you would like to bring additional guests to the dinner, you may purchase additional Guest(s) Dinners at $50.00 per person at the time of registration.

Additional Continuing Education Certificate:  $50.00 each If more than one Continuing Education Certificate is desired, payment of additional continuing education certificate fee is required.


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received before July 15, 2019, will be issued a refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee.  After July 15 no refunds will be issued.


Approvals will be added as we receive them. Please note it is the responsibility of the participant to know what type of continuing education credits their boards will accept.


Saint Louis University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:

Saint Louis University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine will provide attendance certificates for other learners that complete the activity requirements.



Saint Louis University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest MSD Provider Approval # MO221-1

Nursing Contact Hours: 20.0



The Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Program

The Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Program has approved your submitted continuing education course for continuing education credit. Approval does not signify that the POST Program endorses the specific content of the submitted course. This following course is approved for continuing education hours in the indicated core area(s):

Course Name: Masters 18 Advanced Death Investigator Conference

POST Control #: 17236  Course Hours: 24.00

Training Hours:

Interpersonal Hours: 3.00       Legal Studies Hours: 4.50       Technical Studies Hours: 16.50



ABMDI accepts the approved POST credits 24.0


PA Coroner Approval

Pennsylvania Coroner's Association has approved this activity for 8.0 Credits ID #2019-41


The Missouri Bar

This activity has been approved for 24 credit hours by the Missouri Minimum Continuing Legal Education