7th Annual Forensic Science Symposium

April 29, 2022 | Mayo Civic Center and via Livestream

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

Mayo Clinic’s 7th Annual Forensic Science Symposium will cover a variety of topics, including forensic toxicology, exhumations, forensic evidence, and photography. There will be case examples presented of death investigations, starting with the circumstances leading up to death through to the certification of death. Current topics of the pandemic response and inter-agency working relationships will also be presented.  

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.


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

  • Define the circumstances and death certification of a ‘mercy killing’ and recognize the challenges of caregivers of dementia patients
  • Define cardiopulmonary resuscitation-related injuries and their differences from those caused by accidental or assault-type incidents
  • Recognize the importance and value of interagency working relationships as it pertains to work in the medical examiner’s office
  • Describe the steps of the ideal investigation of an infant death, including the key doll re-enactment segment
  • Describe the extent of pandemic response and the enduring challenges for future incidents

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

Conference agenda

NOTICE: By participating in an onsite Mayo Clinic Laboratories 7th Annual Forensic Science Symposium event, you will be entering an area where livestreaming may occur. By entering Mayo Clinic’s event premises, you consent to video and/or audio recording and their release for livestreaming purposes on the internet by Mayo Clinic during the 7th Annual Forensic Science Symposium event. 


AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 

Jointly accredited provider of Inter-professional Continuing EducationIn 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 health care team.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this other activity (live and livestream) for a maximum of 6.75 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 6.5 P.A.C.E.® contact hour(s).

The level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

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 6.0 hours of continuing education.

Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST)

This live conference has been submitted for approval to the POST Board for continuing education credit.

Faculty disclosure

As a provider accredited by ACCME, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty members also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentations. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentations.

Registration fee


Cancellation policy

If you cancel your participation in this conference on or before Friday, April 8, 2022, 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 Friday, April 8, 2022.

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.

Guidelines for live courses and conferences

Mayo Clinic is closely monitoring COVID-19 prevalence and may adjust live course attendance limits as necessitated by CDC, public health and other relevant guidelines.

Please review all applicable state and local COVID-19 travel restrictions, guidance, and resources before traveling to your course destination.

Attendees are asked to comply with all live course and conference requirements and guidelines below.

Requirements and guidelines for live (in-person) course and conference attendees

  • Attendees must provide proof of vaccination.
  • Attendees must complete COVID-19 testing and provide attestation that a negative test result was received within 72 hours or less of the event start date OR provide attestation that a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result was received within the previous 90 days, that it has been at least 10 days since the positive test, and that you are currently asymptomatic.
  • Attendees must wear masks at all times.
  • Participants should refrain from consuming food and beverage in education spaces including the General Session.
  • Attendees must maintain 6 feet of social distance as much as possible.
  • In such situations where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained, assigned seating or partners/groups will be used.
  • Hand sanitation stations will be provided and frequent handwashing is encouraged. Meeting spaces will be thoroughly cleaned by facility staff each evening.

Requirements and guidelines are in effect until further notice and may be amended as CDC, public health, and other relevant guidance are adjusted.


Contact the Education Department at 1-800-533-1710 or 507-284-3156, or email mcleducation@mayo.edu.