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Medical Examiner Training is aimed at senior doctors who wish to apply for, or have already been appointed to, the role of medical examiner in England or Wales. Eligibility criteria and employment models are determined locally in England and by NHS Shared Services Partnership in Wales. The College does not make medical examiner appointments and completing the training does not entitle you to employment in this role. Only medically qualified applicants are eligible to apply for membership of the College via the RCPathME route. 

It is necessary to stay for the entire day, and participate in small group discussions, to receive a certificate of completion of this training. If you have internet connectivity problems or are unable to participate for another reason, you will not be eligible to receive an attendance certificate or to apply for RCPathME membership. In these circumstances please contact the organising team as soon as possible to discuss how and when you might complete the training. Registration on the next training day is unlikely to be possible as the events book up in advance, so it may be several months before the training can be repeated.You must have completed all 26 core ELFH e-learning modules before attending the face-to-face training.


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-learning which you must complete before attending this training.

The College is inviting eligible 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 events with any booking queries by email at [email protected] or call 02074516787

Registration Fees

UK Member and Non-member: £100
International Member and Non-member: £190

Cancellation Policy
Please note that an administrative charge of £10.00 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 within 48 hours before the event

Provisional Programme

Please note the training programme is subject to change.

9:15am Welcome and introduction to the course, Dr Suzy Lishman, Medical Examiners Committee, The Royal College of Pathologists

  • Update on ME implementation
  • Working with the Coroner
  • Video: The role of the Medical Examiner in the community
  • Small group session 1: unnatural deaths and MCCDs 3 per group (20 minutes each)
  • Scenario discussion 
  • The role of the Medical Examiner Officer 
  • Lunch and networking
  • Video 
  • Small group session 2: interactions with the bereaved 3 per group (15 minutes each)
  • Scenario discussion
  • Putting the bereaved at the heart of the service
  • Coffee Break 
  • Small group session 3: disagreements with colleagues and late information 3 per table (15 minutes each)
  • Scenario discussion
  • Q&A
  • Video 2 
  • Closing remarks - Dr Suzy Lishman

Training will finish at 4.45pm

Please note that to get the most out of the training day, you will be sent the scenarios that will be discussed in advance. Please read these, make a note of your answers and have a printed copy available for the meeting.


This meeting will be held via Zoom. Details of the meeting with accompanied guidance will be sent to attendees before the meeting. We strongly suggest you download Zoom to your computer/laptop to make the most of the meeting, however if this is not possible just simply click on the link provided. To Find out more about Zoom and how it works please visit the website

Please note: If you experience any problems when connecting to your Zoom meeting, such as lagging or freezing, then this may indicate that there is an issue with your internet connection, or the device you are using. We suggest that you try to move to an area with a more stable connection and then re-join the meeting. We unfortunately will not be able to provide you with a refund or transfer you onto another event if you happen to encounter these problems on the day.