The Original Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course, August 24-28, 2020 - F082420

Date & Location
Monday, August 24, 2020, 7:00 AM - Friday, August 28, 2020, 10:30 AM, Hyatt Regency at the Arch, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO


5 day basic course designed to teach the basic information you need to know in order to perform a thorough and competent death investigation.


The Course Objectives are as follows:
  1. Prepare the investigator to conduct thorough and systematic death scene and telephone investigations which, by law, are under the jurisdiction of a medicolegal office; to then disseminate the investigative information to departmental forensic scientists to achieve a coordinated, efficient and complete death inquiry.
  2. Teach capabilities of ancillary forensic sciences (anthropology, biology, criminalistics, entomology, psychiatry, radiology and toxiciology) will be explained.
  3. Place emphasis to the medical aspects of death investigation.


The purpose of this 5 day course is to provide basic introductory training in medicolegal death investigation. Prior to the institution of this course 40 years ago, there was NO training available for medicolegal death investigators. Mary Fran Ernst and Dr. Gantner developed this training course to provide training for those who were tasked with investigating deaths. Fast forward 40 years, we are still the premier basic trainer for medicolegal death investigators.  Anyone who plays a role in the investigation of medicolegal deaths, whether they be coroners, police officers, homicide detectives, or medicolegal death investigators can benefit from this course.  It provides basic introductory information on the key players in a medicolegal death investigation by providing lectures from practitioners such as medical examiners, toxicologists, anthropologists, odontologists, crime scene investigators, and homicide investigators on what type of information from the scene should be collected by the death investigator and how that information can help them with the determination of cause and manner of death.  The participants are then given training on how to gather information at various types of death scenes.  The week ends with a review of courtroom techniques and a discussion on social media's impact on next of kin notification.  This 4 to 5 course can prepare both novice and seasoned investigators to more effectively and efficiently process a death scene and gather all of the information needed. 

Participants need to be currently employed in a position such as funeral director, coroner, death investigator, law enforcement, or other medicolegal field to register for this course. 

Participants who complete this Basic Course are eligible to take the Masters Course held every other year. This is a case-based course which covers new techniques and high profile cases. These lectures provide training on what to do in unique situations and how new techniques can assist with obtaining evidence and/or identification.

These courses are training courses, not certification courses or degree courses. We offer continuing education certificates to those wanting to turn in the credits to their professional board to maintain certification. Please refer to the accreditation tab for a list of approved types of CE. We will also provide a certificate of attendance at the completion of the course to all that attend that can be used for your employee portfolio. 

Please note, we are not affiliated with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Saint Louis University staff will not answer question on their behalf. Please contact the ABMDI regarding requirements, exam, and fees.

For additional information and details regarding the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course, please view our website:



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 your degree and to be eligible for the student conference rate. 

To help offset the additional cost of SLU tuition for the 2 hours of college credit, there is a limited number of reduced MLDI 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 SLU 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, reviewed, and approved, we will email you a MLDI Conference Student Registration Form.  Completed forms may be returned by mail, fax, or email.  We will register you and send you a registration confirmation which will reflect the conference fee balance due.  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

The course is held at the Hyatt Hotel:
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
315 Chestnut St
St Louis, MO 63102

This course is designed for to provide basic medicolegal death investigation infroamtion to medicolegal death investigators, coroners, law enforcement officers, physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, attorneys, forensic scientists, and others who are involved in the investigation of violent, suspicious, and unexpected deaths.  

Fee includes all course materials: a flash drive;  Monday Evening Networking Reception; Wednesday Evening Course Dinner; a breakfast sandwich every morning; and coffee, hot tea, and soft drinks; and an afternoon snack provided each day.  

Each individual registering for the course must be registered with a unique email address and registration fees must be paid in full by July 10th, 2020Registration will remain open until August 20th,2020, however anyone registering after July 10th must pay in full with a credit card at the time of registration. The first 150 PAID registrations will be accepted; any unpaid registrations will be wait-listed.  We will notify you approximately one month before the course if your wait-listed/unpaid registration will be accepted.  If registration fee is to be paid by an organization, municipality, or county check, we must receive a purchase order or other documentation verifying that payment will be made,  in order to hold your registration; please contact us at with this information.

All course syllabus material will be shared with paid in full participants one week prior to the start of the activity to download or print and bring to the course. We will provide a blank flash drive to use to capture material after the activity for future review.

MLDI Basic Course Attendee: $850  

Fee includes one Continuing Education Certificate.  Accreditation information is listed below, if approved for this date, new approvals will be added as we receive them.  Participants will be required to complete a form at the conference indicating the type of continuing education desired.  It is the responsibility of the participant to understand their board's requirements for continuing education credits.

Additional CE credit/certificate: If more than one type of Continuing Education credit is desired, an additional $25 fee will be collected.

SLU and Other Full-time college students registered in a relevant course of study are invited to attend this January training at reduced fee (must register with collegiate email address).  This fee includes course materials and food items outlined above. There is a limited number of spaces available at this level. Please contact the SLU CME Office at 314-977-7322 or email to discuss eligibility, fees, and to register.

ADDITIONAL Course Dinner Party Guest(s): $50 each  (Dinner is included in the Registration Fee for the Participant ONLY; additional Dinner Guest Ticket(s) can be purchased, but cannot be refunded if not needed)

Cancellations received before July15th 2020, will be issued a refund, minus a $100.00 administrative fee.  
After July 15th, 2020, no refunds will be issued; however, if you notify us at least five days prior to the beginning of the course that you are unable to attend, your payment can be transferred to a future course one time only.  If you choose to transfer more than one time, you will be charged an additional Administrative Fee of $100.00 per transfer.   

If you fail to notify us five days prior to the course that you cannot attend the course, your registration fee will be forfeited and will not be transferable to a future course.

The course is held at the Hyatt Hotel:
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
315 Chestnut St
St Louis, MO 63102

Course Directors:
Michael A. Graham
Chief Medical Examiner, City of St. Louis Medical Examiner

Professor, Department of Pathology, Saint Louis University

MariaTeresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant, PhD, D-ABFA, Course Co-Director
Associate Professor-Department of Pathology, Co-Director of Forensic Education

Adjunct Associate Professor – Center for Anatomical Science and Education
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Continuing Education Information             

It is the responsibility of the participant to understand their board's requirements for continuing education credits

Daily sign-in is required each morning and afternoon of the activity.  Please look for additional documentation required by your accrediting body. If you do not fall into one of the approved categories below; you will only receive the Certificate of Attendance. No refunds will be issued for additional certificate fees paid. It is your responsibility to understand your CME/CE requirements for tracking and proof of credit/hours.

Approval of Continuing Education information will be added as approvals are granted.


Reception A Welcoming Reception will be held Monday evening, August 24 from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.  You are welcome to bring a guest if you wish. Beer, wine, soda and appetizers will be served.  Please try to attend this reception, as this will provide you an opportunity to become acquainted with your classmates.

Course Dinner Party The Course Dinner Party is on Wednesday, August 26, beginning at 6 pm with dinner served at 7 pm. Your registration fee covers the expense of this event for you; however, if you would like to bring a guest(s), the cost is $50.00 per guest, payable at time of registration. The Course Dinner will be held at The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Contact Information For general questions, please contact us at or 314-977-7401.

College Credit Information Contact Contact Barb Weekley for further information on college credit.

Merchandise Various Medicolegal Death investigation merchandise will be available for purchase during the course.

St. Louis Weather and Course Apparel August weather in St. Louis can be very hot. Average high temperatures are in the 90°s F. If you plan on going out to sight see please plan accordingly. Apparel for the course should be casual and comfortable. The meeting room temperature is often on the cool side. We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to the meeting room as sometimes the room temperature is hard to control…layering of clothes is suggested.   Casual attire is suggested for the dinner on Wednesday evening.

Sightseeing St. Louis is a historic, upbeat, thriving city with many attractions so we hope you can build in some time to take in the city.  We have very little free time scheduled during the week and course attendance is strictly monitored.   The website of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission is  The site has many interesting facts, with much information about the area - places to visit and things to do and see…it is definitely worth visiting.

Things to do in St. Louis Sports:  St. Louis Cardinal Baseball, see their website for schedule.

Theater and Arts:   - Fabulous Fox:

                                 - Saint Louis Symphony:                                

                                  -Saint Louis University Theater: