Medical examiner training

If you are eligible to become a medical examiner, you will need to complete both an online e-learning programme and face-to-face training provided by the Royal College of Pathologists. 

Please note: Medical examiners will be employed in acute Trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales. Recruitment will take place locally.

Complete your e-learning

If you have decided you would like to become a medical examiner, you will need to complete 26 mandatory components of an online e-learning programme prior to appointment. Following appointment, you will have six months in which to complete a face-to-face training session with the College and one year to complete the remainder of the e-learning programme.

Complete your e-learning modules

Book your face-to-face training 

The College organises face-to-face training for prospective medical examiners. Upcoming dates are listed alongside other events and conferences in our main events calendar. 

Find medical examiner training dates in our calendar

About our face-to-face training 

Our essential training 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.  The training has been trialled with experienced medical examiners from pilot or early adopter sites. 

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.

Sample agenda for medical examiner training course

  • 9:50am Welcome and introduction to the course
  • 10:00am Update on medical examiner 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 a 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
  • 2:40pm Coffee break
  • 3:00pm 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 
  • 4:30pm Event close

Book your training

Face-to-face training sessions are advertised on the College's event calendar.