TFS Academy

UPCOMING ONLINE COURSES

MEDICOLEGAL DEATH  INVESTIGATION      September 4th – October 15th

Instructor: Charlotte Carter, MSFS 

A review of medicolegal death investigation and its role in the justice system and public health. This class focuses on the importance of identification of the deceased and communication with next-of-kin. These goals are met by understanding field and morgue duties, relationships with law enforcement, hospitals, emergency services, organ procurement organizations, and funeral service providers. Also discussed are medical/anatomical terminology, common medicines, medical procedures (particularly emergency medical intervention), and taphonomy.

Course Learning Objectives:

This class will provide you with the ability to:

  • Identify the types of deaths that require a medicolegal death investigation
  • Implement effective scene response to aid in the determination of cause and manner of death
  • Facilitate communication with outside agencies, witnesses, and next-of-kin
  • Identify and interpret common postmortem changes and medical intervention artifacts
  • Incorporate various specialists that can aid investigation including entomology, anthropology, and microbiology

Addressed to:

This course is perfect for any Medical Examiner’s Investigator (MEI), Coroner’s Investigator, law enforcement professional related and/or individuals who, due to his/her daily labor, can become first responders to the scene of a death. This course will include fundamental information needed for these professionals can respond as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY                 November 6th – December 17th

Instructor: Jennifer Byrnes, Ph.D. 

This course provides a review of the subfield of forensic anthropology. The class will present the primary tasks of a forensic anthropologist, as well as present standard methods used in the lab and field. By applying the concepts and methods from physical anthropology, forensic anthropologists are able to assist with in human identification. Some of the topics covered in this class are the determination of age, sex, ancestry, and bone trauma found in human remains.

Course Learning Objectives:

This class will provide you with the ability to:

  • Identificar los diversos métodos utilizados para la obtención del perfil biológico, incluyendo sexo, edad, ancestría y estatura.
  • Ser capaz de identificar los pasos de un rescate en una escena arqueológica y reconocer los métodos más apropiados a utilizar.
  • Demostrar conocimientos básicos acerca de lesiones traumáticas esqueléticas y qué información puede obtener un antropólogo forense de ellas.
  • Demostrar conocimientos anatómicos básicos del esqueleto humano y de cómo distinguir un hueso humano de un hueso no humano.

Addressed to:

This course will provide a knowledge base for those employed as Medical Examiner’s Investigator (MEI), Forensic Pathologists, Coroner’s Investigator, law enforcement professional related and/or individuals who, due to his/her daily labor, can become first responders to the scene of a death. This course includes fundamental information needed for these professionals to assess if they require an archaeological recovery of a crime scene, as well as if a forensic anthropologist’s skillset would be helpful in the instance of the discovery of skeletal remains.

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FORENSIC TAPHONOMY               Coming Soon!     

Instructor: David Carter, PhD 

This class focuses on the inevitability that all physical evidence will decompose to the greatest extent possible. Decomposition of human and other animal remains will be emphasized along with the factors that regulate decomposition. This class also reviews methods to measure decomposition to aid in the estimation of postmortem interval and location of clandestine graves. Also covered is the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration including entomology, anthropology, and microbiology.

Course Learning Objectives:

This class will provide you with the ability to:

  • Identify and interpret processes of decomposition
  • Identify the variables that regulate decomposition
  • Use common and recently developed techniques in forensic taphonomy
  • Apply taphonomy to crime scene and medicolegal death investigation

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CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION       This course is available on Special Request 

Instructors: Carlos A. Gutierrez, M.S.

This basic-level online course is designed to encompass all basic aspects of crime scene investigation. This course is perfect for any law enforcement professional related and/or individuals who, due to his/her daily labor, can become first responders to crime scenes, such as security guards, police officers, forensic scientists, among others. This course carried out by subject matter experts, offers a step-by-step guideline for crime scenes approaching and processing.

Course Learning Objectives:

This class will provide you with the ability to:

  • Approach a crime scene safely and methodically
  • Recognize, collect, and/or preserve different types of physical evidence
  • Document crime scenes completely and accurately
  • Understand the entire sequence of protocols involved in an investigation, from entry to the crime scene until the case is completed

TFS Academy

AVAILABLE WORKSHOPS

FORENSIC MICROANTHROPOLOGY

Instructor: Carlos A. Gutierrez, M.S

 

Workshop Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will:

Available Courses

Medicolegal Death Investigation

Version: Online, English
Registration: Open
Course Begins: September 4, 2017

This class focuses on the importance of identification of the deceased and communication with family members. These goals are met by understanding field and morgue duties, relationships with law enforcement, hospitals, emergency services, organ procurement organizations, and funeral service providers.