45th Annual New England Seminar in Forensic Sciences

July 29–August 2, 2018
Location: Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Costs: Medical Doctor: $580   Others: $395
Who Should Attend: Full- and part-time medical examiners and coroners, family practice physicians, police officers, attorneys, and other death investigators.

This course provides practical, up-to-date instruction primarily for full- and part-time medical examiners and coroners. Police officers, attorneys, forensic nurses, and other members of the death investigation team will benefit from acquiring in-depth understanding of current standard medical examiner/ coroner daily practices. The seminars are formulated with the intention of providing current and exhaustive coverage in forensic sciences on an annual recurring basis. Thus, the complexity of the topics presented will range from basic to advanced.

As a result of attending this conference, participants will understand:

  • How to develop a report and testify in a cold case homicide when not the original pathologist; problems and solutions
  • The most current approach to suicide investigations
  • The current approach to autopsies with cardiac pathology
  • Investigation and autopsy in fire related deaths
  • Discriminate between injuries and their mimickers
  • Evaluation of skeletonized remains with animal modification and other artifacts
  • Update on the opioid crisis, fentanyl analogs and the Burrage Decision
  • New and challenging gunshot wound investigation including utilizing the Ballistic Expert
  • An approach to using forensic photography to document scenes, stains and ballistics
  • The most current information on pulmonary emboli
  • An overall approach to forensic pathology of the skin
  • Perspectives on end of life decisions
  • A detective's perspective of manner of death and scene investigation
Participation by interactive voting and discussion regarding difficult manner of death determinations is always a lively and productive presentation. This course is well known for the informal give and take of these sessions, the perfect mixture of scholarship and congeniality for the close of each academic day at Colby. This entire educational program is relaxed and informal. Please come and join us in Maine this summer for what we feel will be a great experience.
Contact Information
Special Programs
4730 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8847
phone: 207-859-4730
fax: 207-859-4734
e-mail: summer@colby.edu
Room and Board
All meals and lodging are available at the College for an additional $340, a fee that also covers campus recreational facilities and the lobster bake. Charges for family members, covering all of the above except seminar tuition, are as follows:
spouse $265
other adult $340
children ages 10-16 $200
children ages 3-9 $160

If you are living off campus, tickets to the lobster bake can be purchased at our Information Desk in Cotter Union. 

Lobster, Steak or Vegetarian:  $40 per person


Edward David, M.D., J.D.
Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
State of Maine, Bangor

Gregory J. Davis, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
State Medical Examiner
Commonwealth of Kentucky, Lexington

Margaret Greenwald, M.D.
Retired, Chief Medical Examiner
State of Maine, Augusta


Richard T. Callery, M.D.
Retired Chief Medical Examiner and Director of Forensic Science Laboratory
State of Delaware, Wilmington


Lt. Kevin Adam
Maine Warden Service

Thomas A. Andrew, M.D.
Retired, Chief Medical Examiner
State of New Hampshire, Concord

Edward Archer
Senior Fire Investigator
Maine State Fire Marshal's Office

Detective Michael Chavez
Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit, South

Stephen J. Cina, MD, FCAP, D-ABMDI
CEO, Cina and Cina Forensic Consulting
Former Chief M.E., Cook County, IL

Jennie V. Duval, M.D.
Chief Medical Examiner
State of New Hampshire, Concord

Kim Fallon
Chief Forensic Investigator

State of New Hampshire, Concord

Mark Flomenbaum, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Examiner

State of Maine, Augusta

Kimberly James
Senior Forensic Scientist
Maine State Police Crime Laboratory

Thomas P. Gilson, M.D.
Medical Examiner of Cuyahoga County and Regional Crime Laboratory Director

Cleveland, Ohio

Fred Jordan, M.D.
Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
State of Maine, West Poland

M.J. Menendez, J.D.
National Opioid, Heroin and Fentanyl Efforts Coordinator
Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force
Department of Justice

Clifford C. Nelson, M.D.
Deputy State Medical Examiner

State of Oregon, Portland

Marcella H. Sorg, Ph.D., DABFA
Consultant in Forensic Anthropology
Research Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Maine, Orono

The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association's Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) to physicians. The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this activity for a maximum of 25.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.

The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators designates this activity for a maximum of 25.25 hours of ABMDI continuing education credits based on the approved AMA Category 1 credits.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Certificates of attendance are awarded at the end of the course. 

The American Board of Pathology designates this course as 11 SAMS credits for pathologists.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations authorized to grant credit.

Nurses may claim credit for activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in most states, for up to 50% of the nursing requirement for recertification. Please check with your state accrediting body for further clarification.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Colby College. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association's Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) to physicians.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

11:00 AM

1:00 PM

1:15-2:00 PM
Testifying in a Cold Case when you were not the original pathologist
Margaret S. Greenwald, M.D.

2:00-3:00 PM
Investigation of Related Cases; Bodies in Barrels
Kim Fallon, Chief Forensic Investigator, NH

3:00-3:30 PM

3:30-4:30 PM
An Interesting Maine Case
Marcella H. Sorg, PhD; Lt. Kevin Adam, Maine Warden Service

4:30 PM Q & A

5:00—6:00 PM
Opening Reception, Diamond

6:00-7:00 PM

7:00 PM
Suicides: Review and Update
Thomas P. Gilson, M.D.

8:00 PM
Cardiac Pathology Update
Thomas A. Andrew, M.D.

Monday, July 30, 2018

8:30-9:30 AM
Case Studies in Forensic Pathology
Richard Callery, M.D. and Jennie V. Duval, M.D.

9:30-10:30 AM
Autoerotic Death, Asphyxia and Sex Crimes
Stephen J. Cina, M.D, FCAP, D-ABMDI


11:00AM-12:00 Noon
Controversies in Forensic Pathology
Stephen J. Cina, M.D., FCAP, D=-ABMDI


1:00-2:30 PM
Opioid Crisis Update, Fentanyl Analogs and the Burrage Decision
Thomas P. Gilson, M.D.; M.J. Menendez, J.D.

2:3 0-3:00 PM

3:00-5:00 PM
Case Studies in Forensic Pathology, Answers and Discussion
Richard Callery, M.D and Jennie V. Duval, M.D.

5:00-5:15 PM
Q & A

5:15 PM
Lobster Bake

7:00 PM
Informal Presentations

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

8:30-9:30 AM
Challenging and Unusual Gunshot Wounds
Gregory J. Davis, M.D.

9:30-10:30 AM
Forensic Jeopardy, Part I
Stephen J. Cina, M.D. FCAP, D-ABMDI


11:00AM-12:00 Noon
Forensic Jeopardy, Part II
Stephen J. Cina, M.D. FCAP, D-ABMDI

12:00-1:00 PM
Ballistics as an Aid to Evaluating Gunshot Wounds
Kimberly James; Senior Forensic Scientist, Maine State Police Crime Laboratory


2:00-5:00 PM
Evidence Response Team Exercise: Photography including Ballistics, Blood and Other Stains
Edward David, M.D, J.D, Maine State Police ERT and Crime Laboratory

5:00 PM

7:00 PM
Informal Presentations

Wednesday August 1, 2018

8:30-9:30 AM
The Negative Autopsy
Jennie V. Duval, M.D.

9:30-10:30 AM
Update and Review: Pulmonary Emboli
Thomas A. Andrew, M.D.

10:30-11:00 AM

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Critters and Other Artifacts
Marcella H. Sorg, Ph.D.

12:00-1:00 PM
Fire Deaths, Review, Investigation and Autopsy
Margaret Greenwald, M.D.; Edward Archer, Sr. First Investigator, Maine Fire Marshal's Office

1:00 PM


7:00 PM
Informal Presentations

Thursday, August 2, 2018

8:30-10:00 AM
Forensic Pathology of the Skin
Mark Flomenbaum, MD, PhD.

10:00-10:30 AM
End of Life Decisions
Fred Jordan, MD

10:30 – 11:00 AM

11:00-12:00 Noon
Manner of Death and Scene Investigation
Detective Michael Chavez, Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit South