Offered three times each year, this five day program teaches individuals how to conduct scientific, systematic and thorough death scene and telephone investigations for Medical Examiner and Coroner offices. This training is equally valuable to police officers, physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, attorneys, forensic scientists and others who are involved with the investigation of violent, suspicious or unexpected deaths that fall under the jurisdiction of medicolegal authorities.

Lectures will be presented by forensic specialists on all major categories of deaths that occur in medicolegal jurisdictions with particular emphasis placed on the investigator's role in the death investigation.The course is designed to teach the 29 national guidelines as set forth in the National Institutes of Justice 1999 publication, Death Investigation:  A Guide for the Scene Investigator.  

At the conclusion of the course, students will be assessed as to knowledge gained.  This course emphasizes the medical aspects of death investigation and is not designed to be a homicide seminar.

Completion of this course qualifies the attendee to participate in the Master's Courses, a series of advanced death investigation conferences. 

This is a training course, not a certification program.

For additional information regarding the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course, please contact mldi@slu.edu or 314-977-7323.

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



The course qualifies for 2 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit through Saint Louis University.

Individuals desiring college credit must register and pay the Basic Course fee through this website and also register separately with the University and pay additional tuition fees. Interested individuals must register for college credit during the first day of the course and payment for the University credit hours will be invoiced separately by the University Registrar.

For additional information on College Credit contact Barb Weekley at bweekley@slu.edu. 

The purpose of this course is to train individuals to fill a critical role in medicolegal offices.  With the training program offered at Saint Louis University, medicolegal death investigators learn to develop the essential facts regarding the death scene, medical history, and other information that assists the Medical Examiner/Coroner in the determination of a person's cause and manner of death.  

The objective of this course is to provide the medicolegal death investigator with the necessary knowledge and technical skills to perform competent medicolegal death investigations. The investigator will then be instructed in the proper way to disseminate the information to forensic scientists and law enforcement personnel so that a coordinated, efficient and complete death investigation can be achieved.

The purpose of the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course is to provide information and training in current forensic methods to improve the quality of medicolegal death investigation in the United States.


This course is designed to

  • 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.
  • Teach capabilities of ancillary forensic sciences (anthropology, biology, criminalistics, entomology, psychiatry, radiology and toxiciology) will be explained.
  • Place emphasis to the medical aspects of death investigation.


Fee includes all course materials on a flash drive, textbook: The Medicolegal Death Investigator, post-course assessment with individual results reported, Welcoming Reception (Sunday evening, January 4), and Course Dinner (Wednesday evening, January 7) and a Certificate of Attendance.  

Registration fees must be paid in full before conference begins.

For an additional fee, Continuing Education credit is also available, please see the continuing education tab for all the available credits.  It is the responsibility of the participant to understand their board's requirements for continuing education credits. 

SLU and Other Full-time college students registered in a relevant course of study are invited to attend this January training at the reduced fee of $300.00 (must register with collegiate email address).  This fee includes course materials and dinner.

MLDI Basic Course Attendee: $825

SLU and Other Full-time Registered College Students: $300

CME/CE Certificate: $50

Course Dinner Party Guest: $50


Cancellations received before December 5, 2014, will be issued a refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee.  

After December 5, no refunds will be issued; however, if you notify us prior to the beginning of the course that you are unable to attend, your payment can be transferred to a future course.  You can transfer payment to a future course one time only.

If you fail to notify us that you cannot attend prior to the beginning of 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

Mary E. Case, MD
Professor and Co-Director Forensic Education - Dept of Pathology - St. Louis, MO
Patrick Clifford, JD
Associate Circuit Judge - 21st Judicial Circuit - St. Louis, MO
Mary Fran Ernst, F-ABMDI
Medicolegal Death Investigator - St. Louis County Medical Examiner Office - St. Louis, MO
Gary Fourtney, MA
Homicide Detective - Retired - St. Louis County Police Department - St. Louis, MO
Michael A. Graham, MD
Chief Medical Examiner - City of St. Louis Medical Examiner - St. Louis, MO
Erik Hall, MFS
Criminalist, Crime Laboratory - St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department - St. Louis, MO
Kathleen L. Hargrave, MA, D-ABMDI
Chief Investigator - St. Charles, Jefferson & Franklin Counties M.E.O. - St. Louis, MO
Julie A. Howe, MBA, D-ABMDI
Medicolegal Death Investigator - St. Charles, Jefferson & Franklin Counties M.E.O. - St. Charles, MO
Kevin R Lawson, Captain
Captain - St. Louis County Police Department - Clayton, MO
Chris Long, PhD
- St. Louis, MO
Gershom Norfleet, MD
Assistant Medical Examiner - Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis Counties M.E.O. - St. Louis, MO
Aaron Oge, DMD
Forensic Odonologist - St. Louis City and St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Offices - St. Louis, MO
Tara M. Rick, F-ABMDI
Medicolegal Death Investigator - Office of Medical Examiner, City of St Louis - St. Louis, MO
Kamal D. Sabharwal, MD
Assistant Medical Examiner - Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis Counties M.E.O. - St. Louis, MO
Juliette Scantlebury, MD
Assistant Medical Examiner - St. Louis, MO
Rev. Tim Toohey
Chaplain - St. John's Mercy Hospital - Washington, MO
Lindsay H. Trammell, PhD, D-ABDMI
Forensic Anthropologist - St. Louis County Medical Examiner Office - St. Louis, MO
Richard D Wetzel, PhD
Retired Professor of Psychiatry - Washington University School of Medicine - St. Louis, MO
Title Time Faculty Room
Registration 7:00AM - 8:00AM  
Welcoming Remarks 8:00AM - 9:15AM  
Class Picture / Break 9:15AM - 9:30AM  
Lunch 12:05PM - 1:05PM  
Break 2:50PM - 3:10PM  
It is the responsibility of the participant to understand their board's requirements for continuing education credits.  Below is a list of approvals for the 2015 MLDI series.

Daily sign-in is required each morning and afternoon of the activity.  Please look for additional documentation required by your accrediting body.

American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators
This course is accredited for a maximum of 31.0 hours of continuing education credit for registered medicolegal death investigators. S/he should claim only those hours of credit that were actually spent in this educational activity. This course does meet the educational eligibility requirement for an applicant applying for Registry Certification. 

To apply for this credit,  you must currently be certified by the ABMDI.

Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice
This course is accredited for 3.6 CEUs in Category A.


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

American Medical Association
Saint Louis University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 31 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Validation of Content:

Saint Louis University School of Medicine follows the ACCME policy on Validation of Content for CME activities which
require that:

  1. All recommendations involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
  2. All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
  3. Providers are not eligible for ACCME accreditation or reaccreditation if they present activities that promote recommendations, treatment, or manners of practicing medicine that are not within the definition of CME, or known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients. An organization whose program of CME is devoted to advocacy of unscientific modalities of diagnosis or therapy is not eligible to apply for ACCME accreditation.

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of Saint Louis University School of Medicine to insure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in its continuing medical education program. Faculty and planning committee members participating in these
activities are required to disclose to the audiences prior to the activity the following:

(1) A relevant financial relationship within the past 12 months (including themselves and their
spouse/partner) as defined by the ACCME. The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.
(2) Their intention to discuss a product that is not labeled for the use under discussion.
(3) Their intention to discuss preliminary research data.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine will review this activity’s disclosures and resolve all identified conflicts of interest, if applicable.

American Nurses Association
Saint Louis University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Missouri Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.

Missouri Nurses Association provider # 115-III

Nursing Contact Hours:  31

Missouri Coroners & Medical Examiners Association
This course is accredited for 33 continuing education credit hours.

Missouri Coroners Only: Special arrangement have been made with your organization to allow this course to be taken for continuing education credit one time in a four year period to fulfill state training requirements. MCMEA members are required to forward the MCMEA a copy of their certificate of attendance for credit.

Missouri P.O.S.T. Program
Saint Louis University School of Medicine has been designated as an approved provider for 36.5 continuing education credit hours for the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Program.

Breakdown as follows:
Technical Studies --31
Interpersonal Perspectives--2.0
Legal Studies--3.5

Continuing Legal Education
This course is accredited by the Missouri Bar Association and has designated this activity for 37.7 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit.

Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors
This course has been approved for 18 hours of continuing education.

Pennsylvania Coroners
This course has been approved for eight (8) hours of continuing education by the Pennsylvania Coroners’ Education Board under the provisions of Act 22 of 1988.

Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medicine
The Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services recognizes continuing education credits approved by the Missouri Nurses Association.  Saint Louis University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Missouri Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Nursing Contact Hours: 31.
Hyatt exterior

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, 315 Chestnut St, St Louis, MO 63102               

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch is the meeting hotel.  We have chosen this hotel for you as it is one of the finest hotels in the Midwest. 

You can make your reservation online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SLUJAN15

If you have problems with the website, please call Reservations at 888-421-1442. 

A block of rooms has been set-aside for our conference.  The special conference rate for single or double accommodations is $119/night plus room tax.  (If no major credit card is available, a $50/night advance deposit is required at registration.)  Children 18 years of age or younger may stay in the same room with you at no additional charge.

Reserve by December 5, 2014, to receive special conference rate

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch checkout time is 12 Noon. 

Ground Transportation

GO BEST Express Airport Shuttle

How to Make Reservations:
A special convention rate has been negotiated on your behalf.  The discounted convention rate of $18 each way per person is offered.Reservations MUST be made online to receive the discounted rate.  Please click here to go to our website and begin your reservation to reserve a seat.  Walk-ups will not be eligible for convention rate, standard rates will apply.  Credit cards are required and charged at the time of reservation.

Light rail service (www.metrostlouis.org)  is also available from the airport to downtown St. Louis. For more information including fares and schedules please visit www.metrostlouis.org.

The program concludes on January 9 at 11:30 a.m.  It will take you approximately 35 minutes to get from the Hyatt to the airport.  We suggest that you make flight arrangements no earlier than 2:00 p.m. 


If you will be driving to St. Louis, parking is available at the following locations:

  Hyatt Regency Hotel garage (valet) $20 per day

  Mansion House next door - $8 per day


Meals can be purchased at several local restaurants within walking distance of the Hyatt or at the restaurants located inside the Hyatt.

The Hyatt offers a special lunch discount for course attendees at one of their restaurants.  Vouchers will be available at the registration desk in order to take advantage of this discount.

A Welcoming Reception will be held Sunday evening, January 4, 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 before the course begins on Monday morning.  

Course Dinner Party
The Course Dinner Party is on Wednesday, January 7, 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 cme@slu.edu or 314-977-7401

College Credit Information Contact
Contact Barb Weekley bweekley@slu.edu for further information on college credit.

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

St. Louis Weather and Course Apparel
January weather in St. Louis is cold and potentially snowy.  Average high temperatures are in the 30°s F and average lows are in the 20°s F. 

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.


St. Louis is a historic, upbeat, thriving city with many attractions.  You can do any sightseeing you wish on Friday afternoon after the course concludes, or you may want to arrive the Saturday before the course (super saver airfares may then be in effect).  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 www.explorestlouis.com.  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.

Disclosure Information:

Michael Graham, MD
Has a relevant financial relationship with Taser International. The SLU CME Program Staff has reviewed this disclosure and do not find it to be a conflict related to the planning of the activity. Any/All presentations regarding mention of Taser products will be reviewed prior to the start of the activity.

Mary Case, MD
Has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Privacy Notice/Grievance Policy & Procedure

Privacy Notice for Registrants of SLU CME/CE Activities

  • We do not sell or rent the information we have about you to anyone
  • We do not share your information with outside companies for the purpose of selling their products or services to you
  • We will use your email information to inform you of upcoming CME/CE activities approved by the SLU CME Program
  • You have the right to OPT-Out at any time when receiving invitations regarding upcoming CME/CE activities

Grievance Policy & Procedure

The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards and the SLU CME Program Mission is the responsibility of the CME Program Director in consultation with the CME Program Accrediting Director & CME Chairperson, and the Continuing Education Committee. While Saint Louis University CME Program attempts to anticipate issues and assure fair treatment for all participants to conduct and experience valid and successful CME activities, there may be occasional issues which require intervention and/or action on the part of the CME Program. To register a complaint or grievance with the Saint Louis University CME Program:

Submit a written, detailed complaint or grievance to cme@slu.edu. Complaints will be reviewed by the Program Director and addressed or transferred to the appropriate level for review:

  • Answers and/or actions taken to rectify complaints will be documented and sent to those that provide contact information.
  • If appropriate, complaints will be reviewed at the CME Committee Meeting for members to discuss and find solutions to the area of complaint.
  • Compliance issues will automatically be moved up to the Accrediting Director for immediate review.

To submit concerns regarding compliance with accreditation requirements, a direct portal to the ACCME Complaint Form is provided on the Saint Louis University CME website, http://www.accme.org/accme-complaint-form.