Pennsylvania’s Coroners–New and Established–Gather In Williamsport to Present Courses on Ethics; Professionalism As Well As Death Investigation.
The Pennsylvania State Coroner’s Association just concluded an intense, two-day training event in Williamsport, Lycoming County. The meeting was covered by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette (photo credit.)
Coroners and deputy coroners are required to fulfill an annual requirement of continuing education credits, and there are a broad spectrum of approved classes from which to earn those credits. Generally, forensics, anthropology, pathology, the law.
The Pennsylvania State Coroner’s Association took advantage of its unique position as an organization for and an advocate of Pennsylvania Coroners Medical Examiners to present a class tailored not only to the death investigation field, but to Pennsylvania.
A tandem presentation was given by Pennsylvania’s organ procurement organizations; PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, DDAP and MDAIR teams were on hand to discuss how information reported by coroners furthers their work.
The Executive Board also felt it was vital to discuss ethics, professionalism, and perception. As death investigators we must always be aware that we are gifted the public’s trust, and there is no such thing as “just another day at the office.” As public servants, we are held to a high standard–and we must respect the trust of those we meet and those we work for–both the deceased and the families that loved them.