Educational and Volunteer Opportunities

MEO Autopsy Hall

The Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office currently has teaching affiliations with the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Pathology residents and medical students from any institution may elect to complete a forensic pathology rotation at the MEO.

Medical Student Rotations

The MEO offers 2-4 week rotations to third and fourth year allopathic and osteopathic medical students. During the rotation, the medical student will:

  • Review death investigation reports
  • Observe and participate in all aspects of autopsy cases, to include pre-exam radiology, microscopic slide review, and toxicology and ancillary test review
    • Students will only observe homicides, child deaths, suspicious deaths, and those deaths with pending litigation
  • Accompany medicolegal death investigators (MDIs) to scenes
  • Tour the in-house toxicology lab.

Medical students will be required to prepare a formal case presentation on a relevant topic of their choice to be presented to the staff at the conclusion of their rotation. 

College Internships

The MEO accepts college students for unpaid internships throughout the year. Interns must be at least 18 years of age and must be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program in a relevant field of study (i.e., criminal justice, forensic science, biology, anthropology, etc.). An internship agreement, vaccination record and valid identification will be required prior to the start of the internship. College interns will:

  • Observe and assist in a limited capacity with autopsies
  • Accompany medicolegal death investigators (MDIS) to scenes
  • Assist with in-house projects, as available.

Volunteers

The MEO accepts volunteers throughout the year. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and commit to work on select day(s) each week for a mutually agreed upon length of time. A volunteer agreement, vaccination record and valid identification will be required prior to the start of the volunteer work. Volunteers will:

  • Assist autopsy technicians with basic tasks
  • Observe autopsies, if desired

For more information about the above positions and to sign-up, please contact Claudia Twidwell.