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Medicolegal Death Investigator Preemployment Test Development

Jentzen, Jeffrey M. M.D.; Clark, Steven C. Ph.D.; Ernst, Mary Fran B.S.

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 1996 - Volume 17 - Issue 2 - p 112-116

The medicolegal death investigator (MDI) represents an essential component in the multidisciplinary investigation of sudden and unexpected deaths. Presently there exists no specific program for the job training evaluation procedure for new (MDI) employees. We discuss the development of a medicolegal death investigator preemployment training tool, which consists of a training and evaluation program containing a list of tasks and task steps. After the investigator demonstrates the ability to perform individual tasks independently, the trainee will be objectively evaluated by the completion of a written test specifically designed to cover the task items. The preemployment test has been developed by those professionals best able to determine the job requirements, the death investigators. The specific outcomes of the process also include further definition of the profession, preemployment testing, policy and procedure development, posttraining evaluation, identification of training needs, curriculum design and further professional development, and identification of the profession of death investigator.

From the Department of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (J.M.J.), College of Education, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan (S.C.C.), and St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri (M.F.E.), U.S.A.

Received March 20, 1995; accepted April 27, 1995.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. J. M. Jentzen, Department of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin, 933 West Highland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233, U.S.A.

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