April 17, 2020

Woodlake Meeting Center
210 Wood Lake Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Presented by:

  • Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  • Mayo Clinic Laboratories
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office

Mayo Clinic’s 6th Annual Forensic Science Symposium explores a variety of worksites an investigator may traverse, from the courtroom to the farm, and from state park trails to hunting grounds. Reviews of regional species and infections as well as communicable diseases will be presented in the context of human deaths and their case investigations. Participation in evidence collection, photography, and doll re-enactment will apply learned skills in these areas. Topics of recent interest such as deaths in custody, vaping-related injury, and death and tissue donations will be covered by some of our area’s best experts in the field.

Intended Audience

This course is designed for M.D. (Medical Examiner, Coroner), Ph.D., PA(ASCP), Death Investigator, County Attorney, Funeral Director, Crime Technicians, and Law Enforcement Officers interested in forensic science.



Upon completion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate infectious diseases and venomous species prevalent in the region, and the reactions of the human body in each case type.
  • Define common courtroom proceedings and apply appropriate terminology for death cases.
  • Perform specific investigative techniques relative to infant deaths.
  • Recognize blunt force trauma specific to farming accidents.
  • Apply learned photographic techniques to scene, evidence, and trauma documentation with identification in mind.
  • Define ‘in custody’ and know the nuances of cases that result in death while in custody.
  • Recall the effects of prion disease on the human body and the application of chronic wasting disease in context.
  • Recognize the symptoms of vaping and scene evidence for documentation and collection in vaping-related deaths.

Attendance at this Mayo conference does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures that may be discussed or taught in this symposium.


Contact the Education Department at 800-533-1710 or 507-284-3156 or email mcleducation@mayo.edu.


AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™Jointly accredited provider of Inter-professional Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a 6.5 of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Mortuary Science

This live conference has been submitted for approval to the Mortuary Section of the Minnesota Department of Health for continuing education credit for up to 6.5 hours of continuing education.

Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST)

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. The 6th Annual Forensics Science Symposium, has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 6.5 hours of continuing education.



Cancellation Policy
If you cancel your participation in this conference on or before April 3, 2020, your registration fee, less a $30 administrative fee, will be refunded. Mayo Clinic Laboratories Education Department must receive written notification of your cancellation. No refunds will be made after April 3, 2020.

Mayo Clinic Laboratories reserves the right to cancel or postpone any conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event Mayo Clinic Laboratories must cancel or postpone this conference, Mayo Clinic Laboratories will refund the registration fee, but it is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.


Lodging Accommodations

Lodging and travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant. Listed below are two nearby hotels within walking distance to Woodlake Meeting Center.

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson
77 Woodlake Dr
Rochester, Minnesota 55904
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Extended Stay America
55 Woodlake Dr.
Rochester, Minnesota 55904
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Mayo Clinic Laboratories is not responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available at the meeting. Costs incurred by the registrant such as airline or hotel fees or penalties are the responsibility of the registrant.

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