8th Annual Forensic Science Symposium


Mayo Clinic’s 8th Annual Forensic Science Symposium will cover a variety of topics including drug overdoses in the opioid epidemic, forensic anthropology, and lean management in the autopsy laboratory. The symposium will also feature presentations on injuries from various heights, car seat asphyxiation, and other case studies.

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Conference Information

Date: April 14, 2023

Location: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN

Presented by: Mayo Clinic Laboratories and Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

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

Intended audience: This course is designed for M.D. (Medical Examiner, Coroner), Ph.D., PA(ASCP), Death Investigators, County Attorneys, Funeral Directors, Crime Technicians, and Law Enforcement Officers interested in forensic science.

Learning objectives

Learning objectives

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

  • Describe how to integrate techniques of lean management within the laboratory.
  • State examples of injuries sustained from falls and differentiate between those incurred from a variety of heights.
  • Identify findings relevant in asphyxiation fatalities to render the most accurate final diagnosis.
  • Recognize drug overdose cases in the community
  • Describe some of the unique details of opioid-related overdoses.


$125: Physicians/Scientists (MD, DO, PhD)

$100: Residents/Fellows/Allied Health (non-physicians)/Law Enforcement


Friday, April 14, 2023

7:00 a.m. | Registration & Breakfast  

7:45 a.m. | Welcome & Symposium Overview                      

7:50 a.m. | Forensic Anthropology - Natalie Langley, PhD                       

8:20 a.m. | Mayo Clinic Autopsy Laboratory - The Quality Improvement Journey - Erica Reed, PA(ASCP)                          

8:45 a.m. | Employee Well-Being Colin West, MD, PhD                      

9:15 a.m. | Gender Identity in Death Investigation - Juniper Fedor, PA(ASCP), D-ABMDI                          

9:45 a.m. | Break                           

10:00 a.m. | Congenital heart disease in the forensic setting - Andrew Layman, MD                         

10:30 a.m. | Postmortem Microbiology Testing: “Cause of Death or Death the Cause” - Andrew Norgan, MD, PhD                         

11:00 a.m. | Doll Reenactment Reade Quinton, MD                         

11:20 a.m. | Workshops (learners will choose 1 to attend)

  • Workshop 1: Doll Reenactment – Reade Quinton, MD
  • Workshop 2: Scene Evidence Collection - David Jensen; Angela Schumacher
  • Workshop 3: Anthropology (Human bone vs. animal bone) – Natalie Langley, PhD

11:55 a.m. | Lunch                          

12:45 p.m. | Workshops (learners will choose 1 to attend)                        

  • Workshop 1: Doll Reenactment – Reade Quinton, MD
  • Workshop 2: Scene Evidence Collection - David Jensen; Angela Schumacher
  • Workshop 3: Anthropology (Human bone vs. animal bone) – Natalie Langley, PhD

1:20 p.m. | Deaths Involving Infant Car Seats – Reade Quinton, MD & Eric Woodford, JD                          

2:00 p.m. | The death of a Titan:  What Beethoven's Autopsy Tells Us About His Life – Rafael Jimenez, MD, PhD

2:30 p.m. | Break                          

2:45 p.m. | Drug Overdose Deaths Molly Jeffery, PhD                          

3:45 p.m. | Injuries from Various Heights Fabiola Righi, DO                          

4:05 p.m. | Closing Comments / Adjourn                         


For exhibiting opportunities at this conference, please email pederson.jenna@mayo.edu.


Course Directors

Reade A. Quinton, MD

R. Ross Reichard, MD

Planning Committee

Courtney Hyland, M.H.S., PA(ASCP)

Monica Kendall, M.S., PA(ASCP)

Mayo Clinic Faculty

Molly Jeffery, PhD

Rafael Jimenez, MD, MHA

Natalie Langley, PhD

Andrew Layman, MD

Andrew Norgan, MD, PhD

Erica Reed, PA(ASCP)

Fabiola Righi, DO

Colin West, MD, PhD

Guest Faculty

Juniper Fedor, MS, PA, D-ABMDI, DeKalb County Medical Examiner's Office

David Jensen, Rochester, MN Police Department

Angela Schumacher, Rochester, MN Police Department

Eric Woodford, JD, Olmsted County Attorney's Office


AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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 maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to other health care professionals for requesting credits in accordance with state boards, specialty societies, or other professional associations.

Attendees should ensure in advance that their credentialing or licensing organization accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from the sponsor of this activity.


Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 7.00 P.A.C.E.® contact hour(s).

The level of instruction for this program is intermediate.


Mayo Clinic Laboratories is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course, the 8th Annual Forensic Science Symposium, course number 10402-00008,  has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 7.00 hours of continuing education.


This course is approved for 7.00 ABMDI credit hours by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI). Attendees should claim only those hours of continuing education that they spent in the educational activity.

Travel and Lodging

There are various ways to travel to Rochester, Minnesota. Please visit Experience Rochester for information on flying and shuttle services available.

Lodging and travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.

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.

Cancellation policy and fine print

If you cancel your participation in this conference on or before March 23, 2023, your registration fee, less a $50 administrative fee, will be refunded. Mayo Clinic Laboratories Education Department must receive written notification of your cancellation. No refunds will be made after March 23, 2023.

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 is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.