List of Top Medical Examiner Schools and Colleges

Medical examiners typically receive specialized residency training through forensic pathology fellowships. A limited number of these programs are available through university medical schools and the office of the county medical examiner. Find out more about the rankings and related program offerings at the top schools for studying the medical examiner field.

School Overviews

The medical schools at both the University of Colorado and the University of Alabama are nationally recognized for excellence in treatment and research. Each institution provides opportunities to pursue training to become a medical examiner. For more detailed information, continue reading.

1. University of Colorado in Denver, CO

School Highlight: Fellows in the pathology program will take part in 200-250 autopsies and are considered employees of the City and County of Denver.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Colorado Medical School #35 in medical school research in 2015. Medical school graduates who are eligible for Colorado state medical licensure may apply for a 1-year Forensic Pathology fellowship with the Denver medical examiner, which may only admit one student per year. Fellows receive training in DNA, toxicology, fingerprint and scene analysis. Fellows also develop forensic photography skills and analyze and interpret postmortem testing results.

2. University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL

School Highlight: The Alabama School of Medicine was ranked #37 in best research medical schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2015.

After completion of a pathology residency, doctors may apply for a 1-year forensic pathology fellowship with the Jefferson County Medical Examiner. Fellows determine the cause of death in cases of sudden or violent death. Fellows are trained to investigate crime scenes, perform postmortem examinations and offer testimony in court cases.

Top Medical Examiner Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Emory University Students in the forensic pathology fellowship get real-world experience while performing over 200 autopsies; students also work several crime scenes while in the 1-year program Atlanta, GA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill In addition to independently managing a case load of up to 250 autopsies, fellows have consultations in subjects like forensic radiology, forensic odontology and neuropathology Chapel Hill, NC
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Forensic pathology fellows earn a generous stipend for their work in the year-long program, which may include providing courtroom testimony Dallas, TX
Wake Forest University Forensic pathology fellows attend the American Academy of Forensic Sciences' yearly meeting in addition to a wide range of other conferences and seminars offered during their year of service Winston-Salem, NC

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