Educational and Volunteer Opportunities

Memorandum of Understanding

MEO Autopsy Hall

Pathology residents and medical students from any institution may elect to complete a forensic pathology rotation at the MEO.  The Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office currently has teaching affiliations and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the following educational programs.  If you do you not see your school or program please contact your school's education coordinator.

  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Kansas City University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Emporia State University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Kansas State University

Medical Student Rotations

The MEO offers 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.

Internships and Rotations

Program Areas Length of Assignment Total Hours
MEO Internship 4 weeks, Monday thru Friday approximately 160 hours
MEO Rotation 4 weeks, Monday thru Friday approximately 160 hours



The MEO is not accepting volunteers at this time.

Contact Us

For additional questions, please email the education coordinator.