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Medical Examiner News and Updates

The Medical Examiner Department has proudly served the citizens of Miami-Dade County for more than fifty years. Our office has a unique and highly specialized mission as we provide professional death investigation and toxicology services to the citizens of Miami-Dade County.

We welcome you to our website and hope you enjoy your visit. The information that you find here and on our various links will provide you  with facts not only about our office but about the exciting world of forensic pathology and toxicology at large. Read more about us.

Dr. Bruce A. Hyma
Chief Medical Examiner

Physician's Online Tutorial for Completing Cause of Death on the Florida Death Record

The Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, in cooperation with the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Association of Medical Examiners, has developed an online tutorial for physicians.  This tutorial is constructed for physicians, providing an overview of the death registration process in Florida and how to go about properly completing the medical information on the death record.

The tutorial provides sample case histories; an explanation of the physician, the medical examiner, and the funeral director's responsibilities in getting death records filed; how mortality data is used and why the death record is so important to families.

The Florida Medical Association has approved this activity for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  This complimentary tutorial takes about one hour to complete and can be accessed at the website shown below.

Florida Medical Examiner System

The State of Florida has a unique district medical examiner system.  To learn more about it, click on the link below.

Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department conducts a one-year forensic pathology training program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  For more information on this program, click on Pathology Fellowship Program.

Medical Examiner Database Search

Anyone wishing to know if a loved one was brought to the M.E. Department may check the Medical Examiner Database Search for the deceased.

If you cannot view PDF Get Acrobat! files, you can download Acrobat Reader  for free from Adobe Systems, Inc. In order to use PDF files, you must have Acrobat installed on your computer.

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