Educational Training

Higher Education

  1. There has been much interest in deaths due to the severe winter storm which struck our community recently, particularly deaths due directly to the cold weather, or hypothermia deaths. Unfortunately, these types of deaths require a thorough investigation into the relevant environmental conditions as well as assessment of the individual’s underlying health conditions, often including additional laboratory testing. Therefore, these deaths take several weeks to adequately investigate and determine. Thus, the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office does not currently have an accurate count of these types of deaths and may not for some time.

High School and College Students

Unfortunately, due to the nature of work done in this facility, as well as staff and space constraints, no training is available to high school students or college students, other than the Investigations Intern or Toxicology Intern positions described above.

Shadowing Medical Examiners (ME) is not permitted, primarily because students are not allowed in the morgue area or at death scenes, and the remainder of the ME workday is performed at a desk, which provides little or no opportunity for a meaningful learning experience.

Students interested in learning more about the field of forensic pathology should explore the websites of the National Association of Medical Examiners or the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. These provide an abundance of information and guidance about the field.

Students interested in becoming physicians and forensic pathologists may make an appointment to discuss the field with the Chief Medical Examiner by calling 210-335-4000.