The goal of this elective is to educate advanced medical students about medicolegal concepts that are routinely encountered in primary medical practice. This is not an elective on direct patient care or forensic pathology, but rather an introduction to legal concepts relevant to a comprehensive approach to patient care, benefiting criminal investigation, public safety, and the justice system. Knowledge obtained in this course will aid the patient, the patient's family, and the community at large.
Forensic science does not equal murder investigation! In fact, the goal is to help the living (e.g., documentation and collective of evidence to help victims, charge and convict criminals, care for patients in custody, etc.). Many aspects of health care are relevant to forensic science.
Each week will consist of the following: