Committee Leadership

A list of our committees is presented below:
  • Ad Hoc - ISO 17020 Transition
    ISO 17020 Transition
  • Ad Hoc - SIDS vs Child Abuse Fatalities
  • Ad Hoc-AFP Journal Task Force
  • Ad hoc-Bioterrorism and Infectious Disease
    AD HOC-BIOTERRORISM AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE COMMITTEE Resource for infectious disease and bioterrorism surveillance. Committee history: Long standing ad hoc committee. Membership status: Filled. Charge: Resource for infectious disease and bioterrorism surveillance. Requirements, expectations: Timely participation in electronic communication and conference calls as needed for committee functions, including written reports, educational material and possible extra-mural funding application materials. Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 - 50 hours. Committee interactions: EPP, particularly with training and educational programs, including SAMS, FP Training and FP in-service relating to Bioterrorism and ID. Outcome, goals: •Produce list of diagnostic resources for members regarding infectious disease and bioterrorism. •Work with SAMS, CME and Forensic Fellow In-service committee for appropriate questions and educational material related to ID/BT. •Work with CDC for possible grant submission/workshop for forensic fellows / NAME Members for ID/BT topics. •Develop annually meeting materials/workshop for fellows and members regarding infectious disease and bioterrorism surveillance and programs. •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. Updates as requested by EC. •Work with EPP, Program, Education sub committees.
  • Ad hoc-Data
    AD HOC-DATA COMMITTEE Collect and manage a variety of organizational and project data. Committee history: Long-standing ad hoc committee for maintenance, evaluation and generation of data relevant to membership, practice of medical-legal death investigation and forensic pathology practice. Membership status: Filled. Charge: •Survey membership as requested by EC or by consensus of committee members on topics appropriate to committee charge. •Consolidation of data to Avectra permanent database; use of Avectra when feasible for inquiry; transfer of training data to Avectra. Requirements, expectations: Participation in conference calls or electronic communication as needed for committee function. Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Committee collaborations: EC, Medical Independence, Unidentified Persons; likely others (filtered through EC) as committees desire data collection. Outcome, goals: •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. •Updates as requested by EC. •Coordination with EC, President and EPP-Program subcommittee for summary presentation.
  • Ad hoc-Forensic Toxicology
    AD HOC-FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY COMMITTEE Committee history: Long standing Ad hoc committee; no report 2010. Chair desires to maintain committee and focus on Standards, I&A review and education of FP fellows and NAME members. Membership status: Filled. Charge: Review current Standards and I&A toxicology related checklists, recommend potential changes and metrics; provide educational material and questions relating to toxicology for SAMS/CME and Forensic fellows in-service examination; serve as resource for toxicology issues. Requirements, expectations: Expertise and interest in toxicology related issues. Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Outcome, goals: •Standards, I&A review report to respective committees. •SAMS and in-service questions as determined between committees. •Possible planning for SAMS/CME offering relating to toxicology. •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. •Updates as requested by EC. •Serve as resource for toxicology related issues for membership.
  • Ad hoc-Government Affairs
    AD HOC-GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Tracking and providing input, through EC, of governmental affairs, at both national and state level, affecting forensic pathology and medical legal death investigation in the US. Reports regularly to EC and tracks major legislation as charged, provides input to legislative and regulatory agencies as directed by EC. Interfaces with efforts of CSFO representative, who reports directly to EC through the President. Members will be asked and assigned to provide congressional staff assistance and testimony as required. All positions will be reported and cleared with EC. Committee should be aware of and interface with government affairs, position and lobbying efforts of other organizations such as AAFS, CAP, ASCP etc. Provide information and positions to NAME representatives on SWG and TWG as requested / coordinated with EC, as appropriate to SWG/TWG. Additional tasks related to governmental affairs may be assigned or developed by committee. Committee should promptly advise EC of pending governmental affairs, on both state and federal level, which may affect practice of NAME membership. This includes activities of the National Commission on Forensic Science and the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. Committee will also screen requests for state and local assistance in medical examiner systems and be involved in NAME responses to state or local issues if deemed appropriate to broader FP / MLDI community by EC. Committee may solicit, with assistance of data committee if needed, broader general member input to issues regarding governmental affairs, legislation or topics the committee deems important to committee function. Committee history: Long standing ad hoc committee. Reorganized with task division in 2011 to better track changes in multiple areas of governmental affairs and activities. Membership status: Filled. Requirements, expectations: Experience in medical legal death investigation systems and appreciation of political process. Ability to articulate the position of NAME and advocate for forensic improvements on governmental level. Time expected: Varies, approximately 50 or more hours. Committee interactions: Primarily with EC and Strategic Planning; may have interactions with other committees relating to specific issues. Outcome, goals: Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. Updates as requested by EC. It is anticipated that in 2013, there will be at least reports to EC every two months or more often as situations demand. Coordinate with CFSO on federal interactions. Present symposium at 2013 Interim meeting.
  • Ad hoc-International Relations
    AD HOC-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE Develop strategies for increasing international membership in all categories. Develop recommendation for appropriate membership dues for international members (possible use of UN tables for discounts for third world FP), other strategies and recommendations for committee goals and charge. Committee history: Long-standing committee to promote international relations and understanding of forensic pathology and death investigation, promotion of international membership and participation from international colleagues in NAME. Membership status: Filled. Requirements, expectations: Participation in conference calls, sub-committees or electronic communication as appropriate to committee function. May be assigned to working subcommittees by Chair for committee functions Time expected: Varies, approximately 10 hours. Committee interactions: Finance, Strategic planning, Membership; bylaws if new membership categories result. Outcome, goals: •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meeting 2011 and Interim meeting, 2012. Updates as requested by EC. •Report on potential steps and financial impact of increasing international membership. Work with Finance committee as appropriate.
  • Ad hoc-Legal Affairs
    AD HOC-LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Committee history: Developed mid-2000’s to respond to legal issues relating to practice of forensic pathology in US. Membership status: Filled. Requires JD degree for committee function. Charge: To rapidly advise EC as to legal perspective and issues; develop, review or recommend outside consul for preparation and filing of amicus briefs or other legal matters as requested by EC. Requirements, expectations: Must have JD for committee membership; ability to rapidly respond to arising legal issues. Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. May be unpredictable in timing and time commitments. Committee interactions: EC and Government affairs; may also interface with Strategic planning on specific issues. Outcome, goals: Communication to EC, EVP as members become aware of legal issues potentially affecting broad base of practicing forensic offices. Respond rapidly to EC as requested for recommendations and alternatives for amicus or other actions. Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. Updates as requested by EC.
  • Ad hoc-Organ and Tissue Procurement
    AD HOC-ORGAN AND TISSUE PROCUREMENT COMMITTEE Committee history: Long standing ad hoc committee. Membership status: Filled. Charge: To serve as advocate and interface with OPO issues and NAME relative to organ and tissue procurement. To serve as resource for organ and tissue procurement policies, procedures. Survey membership regarding practices and expressed difficulties with organ and tissue procurement in forensic cases. Preparation of potential publications for organ and tissue procurement in forensic cases aimed at law and other audiences. ANY NAME position paper or publication from NAME committee must be vetted with EC and NAME sub-committee on position papers prior to submission. Requirements, expectations: Members may have affiliations with OPO and similar organizations but these must be declared; chair should not have financial or other conflict with OPO. Any nominee to OPO or similar agency from NAME must provide conflict of interest form and should not have any financial or other significant ties, outside of normal ME office operations, to organ and tissue procurement agencies. Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Outcome, goals: Advise EC of potential nominates and positions at organ and tissue agencies that may desire NAME representation. Advise EC and EVP in timely manner of national or local issues with organ and tissue procurement that may affect practice of forensic pathology. Serve as resource to I&A, Standards, Forensic Fellow in-service and SAMS committee for material as requested relevant to organ and tissue procurement issues. Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. Updates as requested by EC.
  • Ad hoc-Protocols for Interagency Interactions in Mass Fatality Incidents
    AD HOC-PROTOCOLS FOR INTERAGENCY INTERACTIONS IN MASS FATALITY INCIDENTS COMMITTEE Committee history: Long standing ad hoc committee Membership status: Filled. Charge: Finalize mass fatality document for BOD review; resource for I&A committee, NAME members and educational committees of NAME; review and comment on SWG-DVI documents prior to general release. Requirements, expectations: Prompt response and participation in electronic communication, conference calls as scheduled. Strong writing and editorial skills to finalize mass fatality report with consensus of committee members; educational skills for I&A, educational committees. Committee Interactions: Interface/liason with SWG-DVI (Disaster Victim Identification) Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Outcome, goals: •Finish Mass Fatality document with committee input and revision for BOD review. •Serve as resource for I&A committee; review and revised, with the Standards and I&A committee documents and checklists relating to mass fatality and management. •Provide SAMS/CME and Forensic Fellow in-service examination material in coordination with respective committees. •Initiate dialogue and relationships regarding international forensic response to mass fatality events. •Interface / liaison with NDMS/ASPR as well as various SWG/TWG federal initiatives regarding mass fatalities and related issues. •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. •Interface/liason with SWG-DVI (Disaster Victim Identification). •Review and comment on SWG-DVI documents prior to general release. •Updates as requested by EC.
  • Ad hoc-Research
    AD HOC-RESEARCH COMMITTEE Identify and communicate research opportunities in forensic pathology and death investigation; develop workshop opportunities for NAME members. Committee history: Organized in 2010 for broad research issues in NAME. Membership status: Filled. Charge: Identify and communicate research opportunities in forensic pathology and death investigation; develop workshop opportunities for NAME members. Requirements, expectations: Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Outcome, goals: •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. •Updates as requested by EC.
  • Awards
    AWARDS COMMITTEE Makes recommendations for awards established by the organization, including outstanding service awards and selection of the Gantner Memorial Lecturer and the Helpern Laureate. NAME has a defined process and criteria for selection of nominees for the awards. Upon selection, the chair of the Awards Committee will promptly notify the President of the Association of the names of the award recipients. Committee history: Standing committee charged with various NAME awards Membership status: Filled. Charge: Nomination, vetting and selection of candidates for NAME awards Requirements, expectations: Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Outcome, goals: •Selection of individuals for NAME awards. Committee will notify ED of individuals selected and on direction of EVP, notify individuals of the award as appropriate. •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. •Updates as requested by EC.
  • Board of Directors
    BOARD OF DIRECTORS The business, property and affairs of the Association shall be overseen by its Board of Directors. The purpose of the Board of Directors shall be to formulate the broad policies of the Association and to consult with the Officers and Executive Committee with regard to any major problems that may arise in connection with the Association’s program or activities, or any significant issues that may confront the nation’s Medical Examiners as a whole.
  • Bylaws
    BY-LAWS COMMITTEE Shall review and make recommendations concerning changes to the By-Laws requested by the Executive Committee and draft proposed language for such changes for presentation to the membership in accordance with Article XIII of the By-Laws. The By-Laws Committee shall also recommend any other changes to the By-Laws it deems advisable to the Executive Committee. Committee history: Standing committee of NAME Membership status: Filled. Charge: Review and recommend revisions to NAME bylaws. Requirements, expectations: Participation in scheduled conference calls; responsive and timely electronic communication as requested by Chair of committee or EC. Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Outcome, goals: Presentation of bylaws revisions in timely manner to allow for discussion and vote at NAME BOD and general membership meetings. Recommendations for change should be by consensus of committee, with possible written minority opinion; presentation at general membership succinct and reflective of committee considerations with final recommendations. Review of issues identified by EC/membership related to bylaws. Officer, BOD and EC qualification review.Composition of BOD review. Review of areas of bylaws identified by EC in committee assignments or other areas of organizational functioning. Consider contributions of significance besides annual meeting attendance that would qualify for BOD membership (such as inspector service, service on Federal or other NAME committees/commissions/working groups).Solicit and consider qualifications for affiliate member. Work with International and Membership for international membership if requested. Consider modification for BOD attendance, ONCE elected, to 75% of meetings? Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. Updates as requested by EC.
  • Education, Program and Publications
    The Education, Program and Publications Committee (“EPP Committee”) shall review and approve, reject or modify all educational material prepared and published for the general public by the Association. The EPP Committee shall promulgate educational activities for medical examiners and others who would benefit therefrom. The Education Committee shall review requirements and practices of continuing medical education as they may relate to medical examiners. The EPP Committee shall report to the membership at the annual meeting or as frequently as may be necessary. The EPP Committee shall plan and produce the scientific program of each meeting. The Chair of the EPP Committee shall be appointed by the President of the Association. The Chair of the subcommittee on Education and Program shall coordinate with the local program and arrangement chair for the scientific meetings of the organization. The members of the EPP Committee shall be comprised of the chairs of each of the EPP subcommittees. If the same person chairs more than one subcommittee, only one vote on EPP is allowed. If a sub-committee has co-chairs, only one will have membership on the EPP parent committee.
  • EPP-Education / Program
    EPP-EDUCATION/PROGRAM SUBCOMMITTEE Plan program for 2013 and subsequent meetings. Revisit format, increase CME/SAMS opportunity, increase activities for affiliates and death investigators; work with new meeting planners for effective and professional meeting event. Work with finance committee for fiscal management of meeting and programs. Note that several ad hoc committees are also charged with assistance, as directed by program committee, for potential educational offerings (i.e. toxicology). Membership status: Filled. Requirements, expectations: Active participation and coordination in planning meeting and revision of meeting format to optimally meet needs of members. Time expected: 25 – 50 hours. Outcome, goals: As above. Will have regular updates written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. Updates as requested by EC.
  • EPP-Forensic Fellow In-Service Exam
    EPP-FORENSIC FELLOW IN-SERVICE EXAM SUBCOMMITTEE Prepare questions and work with ASCP for Forensic fellows in service examination. Note several other committees are charged with assisting in their areas of expertise (i.e. toxicology, quality assurance, management, ID, others). Chairs should be free to contact each other for assistance. Membership status: Filled. Requirements, expectations: Experience or desire to participate in test construction for fellow in-service examination; strong writing and editing skills. Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Outcome, goals: •Production of material for ASCP inservice Forensic fellow examination. •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meeting 2011 and Interim meeting, 2012. •Updates as requested by EC.
  • EPP-Forensic Pathology Fellowship Training
    EPP-FORENSIC PATHOLOGY FELLOWSHIP TRAINING SUBCOMMITTEE Membership status: Filled. Membership should have strong representation from both larger and smaller fellowships. At least 75% of members should be program directors. Charge: •Oversight and improvements in forensic fellowship training. •Work with APC (Association of Pathology Chairs) GME Chair (Allan Tucker, South Alabama) to identify issues surrounding fellowship match. •Work with ID/Bioterrorism for possible program / grant submission for fellow training experience. Consider other areas for possible NIJ funding (anthropology, ethics). Data gathered should allow grant submissions as available. •Short study “white paper” on federal funding of other GME training programs and likely federal partners for FP fellowship funding or assistance. •Interface and update all FP fellowship training directors for issues. Requirements, expectations: Membership should have strong representation from both larger and smaller fellowships. At least 75% of members should be program directors. Communication skills and knowledge or desire to acquire knowledge in GME practices and policies. Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Outcome, goals: •As charged. •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. •Updates as requested by EC.
  • EPP-Journal
    EPP-JOURNAL SUBCOMMITTEE Monitor AFP progress and responsiveness to NAME issues; assist AFP with editorial board or other issues as arising. Assist EC as requested for issues relative to new journal. Membership status: Filled. Charge: Monitor AFP progress and responsiveness to NAME issues; assist AFP with editorial board or other issues as arising. Assist EC as requested for issues relative to new journal. Requirements, expectations: Background in manuscript and journal submissions, publications. Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Outcome, goals: •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. •Updates as requested by EC.
  • EPP-Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs)
    EPP-Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs)SUBCOMMITTEE Development of SAMS credits for meetings and journal offerings. Possible other SAMS credits for membership. Maintain records as needed by CME accreditor, NAME and ABP for SAMS credits. Membership status: Filled. Chair is open to other members if desired. Requirements, expectations: Strong educational focus of membership. Several committees are also charged with assisting SAMS within area of their expertise (i.e. ID, toxicology) and all committee chairs should be free to contact and work with each other. Inter-committee activity reported via EPP routinely and to EC as needed. Time expected: Varies, approximately 25 hours. Outcome, goals: Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. Updates as requested by EC.
  • EPP-Position Papers
    EPP-POSITION PAPERS SUBCOMMITTEE Review and recommend action on position papers as need arises. Membership status: Filled. Depending on position paper request, may expand membership. Requirements, expectations: Broad depth of FP practices; communication skills. Time expected: Varies. Outcome, goals: Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings. Updates as requested by EC.
  • EPP-Scientific Presentations Awards
    EPP-SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS AWARDS SUBCOMMITTEE Selection of best resident, student, affiliate papers, presentations. Membership status: Filled. Requirements, expectations: Meeting attendance for judging; review of material provided and objective judgment of submitted material, presentations for awards. Must declare conflicts and may abstain when conflict occurs. Time expected: Varies, approximately 10 hours. Outcome, goals: •Awarding of best resident, best affiliate, other papers, presentations as charged. •Written report to BOD of progress and accomplishments at NAME meetings.
  • Ethics Committee
    ETHICS COMMITTEE The Ethics Committee shall review and make recommendations to the Executive Committee in all questions of unethical practice in accordance with the procedures detailed in Article X of these By-Laws.
  • Executive Committee
    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (“EC”) Purpose shall be to manage the fiscal affairs and other management issues concerning the Association and consult with the Officers and Board of Directors with regard to any major issues that may arise in connection with the Association’s programs or activities, or any significant questions that may confront the nation’s Medical Examiners as a whole. The Executive Committee shall annually review, propose and report to the Board of Directors both short and long range planning objectives and goals to improve and promote the Association and the medical examiner systems and to enhance the prestige of the Nation's medical examiners. The Executive Committee shall consist of seven members, of whom four shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and the Chairperson of the Board. The remaining three members shall be selected by the Board of Directors (including the newly elected Directors and excluding the outgoing Directors not re-elected) from among the Directors who will serve on the Board of Directors for that year, and shall include at least two Fellows. The members of the Executive Committee shall serve one-year terms. The Board of Directors may remove any member of the Executive Committee, with or without cause, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) the entire Board of Directors. Vacancies of the Executive Committee shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Executive Committee and those elected shall serve until the December 31st following the next annual membership meeting. The Board of Directors may require the Executive Committee to make such reports or institute such rules or regulations as the Board of Directors deems necessary or appropriate. The Executive Committee shall have the right to adopt and institute such rules and regulations as such committee deems necessary and reasonable in furtherance of the Association’s By-Laws. The Executive Committee shall have final determination as to the interpretation of the By-Laws, rules or regulations of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall meet each year in connection with the annual membership meeting and at such other times as the President may deem necessary to achieve the aims and purposes of the Association. The Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the Association shall, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee at any meeting, be permitted to attend such meeting as non-voting participants. A. The Executive Committee will adopt policies and procedures by which the Officers, Board of Directors and staff of the National Association of Medical Examiners will conduct business and discharge their responsibilities. These will be recorded in the Policy and Procedure Manual of the organization. B. The Policy and Procedure Manual will be revised as required by one or more members of NAME to be appointed by the President and submitted to the Executive Committee for approval.