The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) in Tucson, AZ offers an ACGME-accredited one-year Forensic Pathology training program. This program concentrates on preparing the fellow to successfully complete requirements for board certification. The PCOME is Arizona’s only National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) accredited office and serves as the primary site for fellowship training.
Other sites include the Tucson Police Department Crime Lab and the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office toxicology laboratory. PCOME has over 3000 cases reported to it annually of which approximately 100 are homicides. The fellow with personally perform approximately 250 autopsies under the direct supervision of any of six Board-certified forensic pathologists. The fellow will also accompany medical investigators to scenes to learn the essential techniques of scene investigation. Due to our location near the border with Mexico and the volume of migrant deaths in our jurisdiction, the office has world-renowned expertise in the handling, processing, examination and identification of unidentified and skeletal human remains.
In-house forensic anthropologists provide comprehensive training in these disciplines. After a period of observation of expert testimony provided by staff forensic pathologists, the fellow will be given the opportunity to testify on their own involving cases they have performed. The fellow is encouraged to participate in a scholarly project during the year culminating in presentation at a meeting and/or publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Board eligible/certified in AP or AP/CP
Eric Peters, MD
Director, Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Department of Pathology
P.O. Box 245108
1501 N. Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85724-5059
Oct 29, 2021