The practice of emergency medicine has encountered with increasing frequency the specialty of forensic science. Emergency physicians are now expected to know how to gather and preserve evidence from our patients that are victims of gun shot/stab wounds, pediatric sexual assault, physical abuse or neglect. Patients that are victims of sexual assault (including drug facilitated), domestic violence, and elder abuse also require unique skills for competent medico-legal evaluation.
The Section of Forensic Medicine was developed so colleagues with interests in forensic medicine can connect with other national professional forensic organizations for research and best practices. We need to develop appropriate training and resources for our residents, such as photography, case preparation, trial testimony, and an awareness of the new Department of Justice national standards to which all physicians will be held.
Forensic Medicine Section members may send an email to all members of this section via the section e-list at acep_forensicmedicinesection@ConnectedCommunity.org.