It is necessary to stay for the entire day to receive a certificate of completion of this training.You must have completed all 26 core ELFH e-learning modules before attending the face-to-face training. Medical Examiners who have completed the core e-learning modules are also welcome to register for this training day.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that an administrative charge of £20.00 will be made on all cancellations including changing of dates. Payments are not transferrable, to change date you will be required to cancel your place and rebook onto the new date. The total registration fee is forfeited if cancelled one working week before the event

Please note this training is for Medical Examiners, not Medical Examiners Officers. To avoid any possible disappointment please ensure you are booking onto the correct course.

Medical examiners (ME) will ensure accurate death certification across a local area, provide much needed support for bereaved families and improve patient safety.


Medical examiners will ensure accurate death certification across a local area, provide much-needed support for bereaved families and improve patient safety. Medical examiners will be doctors registered with the GMC holding a current licence to practise.

Any doctor wishing to work as a medical examiner will need to attend a face-to-face training day and complete mandatory ELFH e-learning modules.

The Royal College of Pathologists, the lead medical royal college for Medical Examiners, is providing the essential training which will equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need for this important role. The day will include short presentations, small group discussions of case scenarios and the opportunity to share experience.  

A certificate will be awarded to provide evidence of completion of the face-to-face component of the Medical Examiner training. This training complements the e-leaning which you must complete before attending this training.

The College is inviting new medical examiners to join the Royal College of Pathologists. This is dependent on completion of this training and evidence of satisfactory completion of the e-learning modules.

Please contact Natoya Sylva with any booking queries by email at meetings@rcpath.org or call 0207 451 6780

Registration Fees

UK Member and Non-member: £100

International Member and Non-member: £190


To be held at the Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT.


Please note the training programme is subject to change.

9:30am Registration

9:50am Welcome and introduction to the course, Dr Suzy Lishman, Medical Examiners Committee, The Royal College of Pathologists

10:00am Update on ME implementation

10:15am Small group session 1: unnatural deaths and MCCDs 3 per group (20 minutes each)

11:15am Scenario discussion

12:15pm The role of the Medical Examiner Officer

12:30pm Lunch and networking

1:00pm Meeting the needs of the faith community

1:20pm Small group session 2: interactions with the bereaved 3 per group (15 minutes each)

2:05pm Scenario discussion

2:25pm Putting the bereaved at the heart of the service

3:00pm Coffee Break

3:20pm Small group session 3: disagreements with colleagues and late information 3 per table (15 minutes each)

3:45pm Scenario discussion

4:05pm Q&A

4:20pm Closing remarks- Dr Suzy Lishman

4:30pm Event close

Training will finish at 4.30pm