President's Welcome

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Dear Colleagues and Others interested in the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME):

It was an honor to be elected and trusted by my peers to serve as President of our organization in 2021.  Since 1966 NAME has grown to more than 1,500 members, including 868 board-certified forensic pathologists, plus nearly 700 members in integrally related fields: medicolegal death investigators, toxicologists, public health experts, administrators, and others.  Our collective expertise is unmatched, and is the foundation of NAME.

My goals this year are to focus on our workforce issues and to increase the benefits of being a NAME member.  This will include additional educational opportunities, increased methods of networking, assistance with national medical licensure legislation, a virtual grand rounds, leveraging our national voice with the CFSO, and more. 

The country needs more forensic pathologists and medicolegal death professionals.  The opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have put this further into sharp focus.  In 2020, we all experienced direct and in-direct work increases due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many forensic pathology practices saw increases in homicides, drug intoxications, and motor vehicle deaths. Our workforce agenda must have broad outreach and invite diversity to meet these challenges. 

The NAME Interim Meeting on February 9, 2021 will be virtual.  We plan to have an in-person annual meeting in West Palm Florida on October 15-19, 2021 and are currently exploring the possibility of including a virtual component.  

James Gill, MD
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Farmington, CT