Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $198,892)
There is a nationwide shortage of board-certified forensic pathologists. It is estimated that over 500 additional ones are currently needed. The Connecticut Office of Chief Medical Examiner has been approved by the ACGME to provide two FP fellowship positions. We are seeking funding for one or both positions to help increase and replenish the number of Forensic Pathologists.
The immediate objective for meeting our goal is funding. Our current two-year budget cycle does not provide the funding. Our plan is to use the grant funding to transition us to the point when we can get funding in our budget for these positions. Our objectives are to fund the positions, recruit and train qualified fellows, and graduate new forensic pathologists. The existence of a New England regional FP fellowship may induce more pathologists to pursue this career path.
The most important outcome of this grant funding will allow us to deliver high-quality, well-trained, board-certified Forensic Pathologists. We will monitor the success of our program through board certification rates. With your support we will begin the process of training new Forensic Pathologists to perform sound medicolegal death investigations and improve public health and safety.