Autopsies for the Living: Forensic Pathology at Mayo Clinic

Expires Januray 1, 2019


Length: 55 minutes


This presentation is a broad overview of the death investigation system within the United States and specifically in southeastern Minnesota. It includes discussion of cause and manner of death, with an emphasis on how accurate death certification practices provide value to individual family members and to society at large.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify how forensic autopsies help the living (families, public health, justice, etc.).
  • Distinguish between cause of death and manner of death.
  • Describe some recent changes in the practice of forensic pathology at Mayo.

Intended Audience

This program is appropriate for clinicians, pathologists, medical technologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health staff.

Level of Instruction



Photo of Peter Lin, M.D.Peter Lin, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, College of Medicine
Consultant in Anatomic Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota



The following types of credit are offered for our Virtual Lecture programs:

State of California
State of Florida

To obtain credit:

  1. Watch the video.
  2. Complete the posttest and evaluation that launches immediately following the video.
  3. Generate and print your certificate.

For an instruction sheet that describes the process, see

Note: Participants requesting P.A.C.E.® credit, in compliance with ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program requirements, must attain a score of 70% or higher on the posttest to obtain a certificate.

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E® contact hour. Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science for State of California and State of Florida credit. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for Supervisor/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety credit. The level of instruction for this program is intermediate. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.


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