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Forensic Pathology Fellowship


IU School of Medicine provides an ACGME-accredited fellowship in forensic pathology through its Department of Pathology and partnership with the Marion County Coroner’s office. This training program fulfills the eligibility requirements of Board certification and provides forensic pathology services to the Indianapolis metropolitan area and surrounding 23 counties. The forensic pathology division performs approximately 1,650 death investigations and 950 autopsies each year, encompassing a broad spectrum of both urban and rural cases. Three experienced and Board-certified forensic pathologists provide supervision, guidance and support to fellows in this program.

Forensic fellows perform approximately 250 autopsies of varying complexity. Consultation with neuro- and pediatric pathologists, forensic anthropologists and odontologists are available. Fellows spend time at the Indianapolis/Marion County Forensic Laboratory and the Indiana State Police Laboratory, and they’re allotted time and encouraged to perform a research project or write a paper for presentation at one of the two annual national forensic science meetings (NAME, AAFS). Fellows in this program also assist in teaching and giving lectures for medical students and pathology residents.


Applicants must have completed an accredited residency in either anatomic or anatomic/clinical pathology prior to beginning the fellowship. Stipends are commensurate with the year of post graduate training in pathology. Interested applicants should submit the CAP standard fellowship application  curriculum vitae, and personal statement to Director of Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program, Christopher Poulos, MD. Three letter of recommendation are also required.