Original ArticlesReclaiming the Autopsy as the Practice of Medicine A Pathway to Remediation of the Forensic Pathology Workforce Shortage?Weedn, Victor W. MD, JD∗; Menendez, M.J. JD†Author Information From the ∗Department of Forensic Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, DC †NMS Labs, Horsham, PA. Manuscript received February 13, 2020; accepted May 13, 2020. The authors report no conflict of interest. * Presented at the N.A.M.E. Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO on Oct. 22, 2019. Reprints: Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, Department of Forensic Sciences, George Washington University, 2100 Foxhall Rd, NW, Washington, DC 20007. E-mail: [email protected]. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: December 2020 - Volume 41 - Issue 4 - p 242-248 doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000589 Buy Metrics Abstract The historically constricted forensic pathology workforce pipeline is facing an existential crisis. Pathology residents are exposed to forensic pathology through the American Council of Graduate Medical Education autopsy requirement. In 1950, autopsies were conducted in one half of the patients dying in American hospitals and 90% in teaching hospitals, but they have dwindled to fewer than 5%. Elimination of funding for autopsies is a major contributor to the lack of support for autopsies in departments of pathology. Funding may require reclaiming the autopsy as the practice of medicine. Funding of autopsies would rekindle interest in hospital autopsies and strengthen the forensic pathology workforce pipeline. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.