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National Center on Forensics

A Program of the National Institute of Justice

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Providing Forensics Training to Rural Jurisdictions

DiZinno and Falsetti Receive Funding for National Center To Increase Numbers Of Medical Examiners and Coroners

GMU received $2,000,000 under a cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, in partnership with the, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the National Association of Attorneys General, and Law and the Montana Forensic Science Division and the team's affiliates, the University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Law. The program will conduct a needs assessment of medical examiners/coroners, prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement, including those in rural areas, to identify gaps in forensic science and legal training. The Center will use this data to work closely with its team members and affiliates to develop trainings for medical students, doctors, district attorneys, judges, and law enforcement to develop opportunities among the designated partners to benefit current and future medical examiners, coroners, prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement personnel. 

Loan Repayment Programs Support Forensic Pathologist Workforce

To be a board-certified forensic pathologist, a candidate must complete an undergraduate degree, medical school training, several years in pathology residency, and a fellowship in forensic pathology. This can cost, on average, $250,000. To increase the forensic pathology workforce, there are several loan repayment programs that forensic pathologists can apply for to reduce debt or loans while making the transition to practice a decision based on passion rather than finance. Learn more about several available loan repayment programs that forensic pathologists can apply for to reduce or eliminate their loans making the transition from training to practice a decision based on passion rather than on finance.

University of Alabama Receives $4M to Establish a National Center on Forensics

Brief: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice  agency has awarded $4,000,000 to the University of Alabama , in partnership with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences  and the Alabama District Attorneys Association, to establish and operate a National Center on Forensics.

Date Created: November 19, 2021