Forensic Pathology Fellowship


The Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for Washington, DC, in conjunction with the George Washington University Office of Graduate Medical Education, offers a one-year fellowship in Forensic Pathology. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The fellow will operate under the direct supervision of the OCME's board-certified staff pathologists and will complete between 200 and 250 autopsies and postmortem examinations.


The OCME has its own dedicated transport service, ABMDI (American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators) certified investigators, an identification unit, an ABFA (American Board of Forensic Anthropology) certified forensic anthropologist and forensic photographers. The OCME conducts approximately 1000 full autopsies per year in its state-of-the-art facility. See the most recent completed annual report here. The forensic toxicology laboratory is fully accredited by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology.

Responsibilities during the fellowship program will include completion of rotations through the various services of the OCME, in addition to maintaining individual caseload. Didactics with concentration on common subjects including gunshot injuries, fire-related deaths, blunt and sharp-force injuries, infant and child deaths, as well as courtroom testimony will also be part of the training. Taking calls with investigators and attending death scenes is also a part of the curriculum. Additional sign-out and consultations in neuropathology and cardiac pathology opportunities are available. Scholarly activity with local and national conference presentations is required. The OCME participates in various fatality review conferences, which the fellow will be able to attend.

Application Process

Applicants must have completed AP or AP/CP post-graduate year three and be eligible for medical licensure in the District of Columbia.

Applicants applying for the fellowship program beginning in July of 2022 or 2023, should send a copy of their personal statement, including interest and goals, their CV, and three letters of reference to the OCME Residency Program Coordinator with the Common Application for Pathology Fellowships on the CAP website, or via this link here. Applications should be submitted prior to December 15th of the year preceding the fellowship start date.

Applicants applying for the fellowship program beginning in July of 2024 please note the OCME will be participating in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), and the application should be completed in the spring of 2023 through the NRMP process. 

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