2016 Annual Meeting

National Association of Medical Examiners
2016 Annual Meeting
50th Anniversary Meeting

Minneapolis, MN
September 7-13, 2016

Program Chair - Dianne Little, MBBS

The primary hotel will be the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 7 - 13, 2016

Theme "NAME Golden Jubilee Meeting - Celebrating Our Past, Inspiring Our Future"

Please check the bottom of this page for several very special events

Peggy Baker has assembled a web site with some excellent optional activity/excursion information. Please check it out at:


The 2016 Annual Meeting website will be populated as specific information becomes available (Program, CME and SAM info, registration, etc.).  The address is: http://name2016.org

Presentation options will be short platform (20 minutes or less), long platform (one hour or less), workshop (greater than one hour), and poster.  If submitting an abstract for a platform presentation, the submitter will indicate the estimated duration of his/her program. Each abstract submission will require companion questions for self-assessment modules (SAMs).  Specific directions will be available on the abstract submission site.
Awards will recognize outstanding papers and posters; specific instructions and judging criteria will be available on the abstract submission site.  The award categories are:

• Mary Fran Ernst Best Affiliate Paper/Poster Competition (must be an Affiliate member; one award for Paper or Poster)
     Best Affiliate Rules 2015
• Best Student Paper/Poster Competition (one award for Paper and one award for Poster)
     Best Student Rules 2015
• John Smialek Best Resident Paper/Poster Competition (one award for Paper and one award for Poster)
     Best Resident Rules 2015
• Susan P. Baker Public Health Impact Award (one award for Paper)
     Best Baker Public Health Paper Rules 2015

A note on SAMs:

Completion of SAMs is a component of ABP recertification for an increasing number of NAME Fellows. SAMs will be available for most presentations at the NAME 2016 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Every submitted abstract will require accompanying SAMs questions and, later, supportive documentation such as a handout or a PowerPoint. The handout or ppt (not necessarily the actual presentation ppt) must answer the SAMs questions. The number of questions per abstract will be based on the anticipated length of the individual presentation. Directions will be on the abstract submission site.

On behalf of NAME Fellows in the ABP Maintenance of Certification program, thank you for contributing to the NAME SAMs program – a component of NAME’s educational mission.

We look forward to an excellent 50th Anniversary NAME meeting in Minneapolis!

Dianne Little, MBBS
Program Chair, 2016 NAME 50th Annual Meeting

Sally Aiken, MD
Chair, NAME Program Committee


Date: Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM for two days.
The two-day inspector training will cover principles of auditing for ISO/IEC 17020 assessments narrowing the focus to forensic specific requirements. Attendees will learn effective auditing techniques and increase their understanding of audit principles. The purpose is to effectively audit to ISO/IEC 17020 and cover concepts such as traceability, method validation, and uncertainty of measurements. The course will include a thorough discussion of the quality manual and the quality manager. Attendees will learn how to evaluate the significance of audit findings as well as methods for improving communication skills during the audit. Additional concepts covered will include reporting findings and the corrective action process.  This course is for current and prospective NAME inspectors seeking to assess under the joint NAME accreditation program and the ANAB ISO/IEC 17020 program.  Those taking the course will fulfill one of the requirements for becoming an ANAB ISO/IEC 17020 lead assessor."  Preregistration is required; however, there is NO charge for this Training Session.

Date:  Friday, September 9, 2016
Time:  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The half day workshop will focus on International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO standards, the hierarchy in the world of ISO accreditation, and the hierarchy in standards. This will include origin of the standard, the benefits of accreditation, and the role of an accreditation body. Course content will include an overview of ILAC and Regional Cooperatives as well as a general understanding the ISO/IEC 17020 requirements as they relate to forensic agencies Preregistration is required; however, there is NO charge for this Training Session.

Date:  Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time:  6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
All meeting attendees are invited to help celebrate Dr. Noguchi’s 90th birthday.  Tom is funding the celebratory event as a way of saying “thank you” to all of his friends and colleagues in the National Association of Medical Examiners for the many years of support he has experienced within our organization.   Please plan to attend the festivities and wish Dr. Noguchi a very happy birthday.

Date:  Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time:  8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Cost:  Donation
This event is intended to be an entertaining, educational and public outreach forum featuring NAME Foundation Advocate Dr. Jan Garavaglia, who starred in the reality TV series Dr. G: Medical Examiner, with an audience welcome and introduction by Minneapolis ME Dr. Andy Baker.  Jan will share her personal story about her path to becoming a Forensic Pathologist; the challenges, humor and joys of the profession; her adventures as the star of a reality based TV series; and some stories about interesting cases; followed by a Q&A session.  The broad target audience includes the NAME membership and their guests; however, we plan to extend invitations to Dr. G’s fans (and admirers) as well as local physicians, pathologists, residents, students and other professionals.

The event will serve as an outreach fundraiser for the NAME FOUNDATION to help raise scholarship money for Forensic Pathology Fellows, Pathology Residents, and students to attend and make scientific presentations at the NAME Annual Meeting.   As such, attendance at this event will be associated with a small donation and require pre-registration.  On-line ticketing and registration will be managed by THE CENTER FOR FORENSIC SCIENCES RESEARCH AND EDUCATION at The Fredric Rieders Family Foundation.  Ticket donations are $10 for students, and $20 for everyone else.  NAME members may wish to opt for a special package deal:  with a $50 donation, NAME members will receive a 1 year NAME Foundation Membership, a 50th Anniversary commemorative challenge coin, and admission to the event. Pre-registration at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/50th-anniversary-name-foundation-fundraiser-featuring-dr-jan-c-garavaglia-tickets-26157012328 - Space is limited

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 6:30 AM
Cost: $20.00 per person
The NAME Rigor Run/Walk will be approximately 3 miles.  The route will start and end at the meeting hotel.  Registrants for the Rigor Run/Walk will receive a terrific t-shirt, a route map, and a bottle of water.  Runners and walkers can go to the Sunday morning continental breakfast after returning to the hotel.  Note: T-shirts will be available on a first come first serve basis.  There will be shirts in sizes S, M, L and XL.

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Cost: $68.00 per player

The tournament will take place at Braemer Golf Course in Edina, Minnesota.  Fees include:  Green fees and carts, score cards and cart assignments, staff to manage and score event and a four ball sleeve for each participant.

Club rental is available:  Premium set is $25 and basic set is $10.  Call 952-903-5755

Date:  Monday, September 12, 2016
Time:  7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
“Ask the Chiefs Breakfast” open to all NAME members who have a burning question for these respected chiefs:  Randy Hanzlick, Mary Ann Sens, and Thomas Andrew.  The breakfast is designed to discuss common administrative issues from the prospective of experienced and successful chiefs, based on direct audience questions.  Preregistration is required, but there is no separate fee for this breakfast.  Those attending will need to retrieve breakfast from the main breakfast buffet area and transport it to the meeting room.

Date: Monday, September 12, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Cost: $65.00 per person
Femme Fatales (Ladies) - Plan to join your forensic colleagues for lunch and get acquainted.  This is a luncheon for all forensic femme fatales!  Register early as space is limited!

Date and Times:  Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 1 PM to 2 PM; Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM and Monday, September 12, 2016 – 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM.
Cost:  Donation (suggested $10.00) All proceeds go to the NAME Foundation
Dr. Amy Martin will be offering Yoga by donation in the StayFit Spin Room, located on the 6th floor of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.  Saturday, September 10 there will be all levels of hatha flow.  On Sunday, September 11 there will be a class of gentle yoga and Monday, September 12 there will be a class of all levels hatha flow. Bring your own mat if possible.


National Association of Medical Examiners

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Walnut Shade, MO 65771