PATH662M.11 (Las Vegas)
Preceptorship in Forensic Pathology

Office of Medical Education

Please contact the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine to verify elective availability.


  • The objective/goal is for the students to have the opportunity to obtain a general knowledge of performing an autopsy.
  • To be able to discuss and understand the significance of diseases and injuries, lethal and non-lethal.

Description of Rotation

The Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner Department will provide the opportunity for students to observe and participate in the performance of autopsies involving a wide variety of natural diseases and numerous major trauma cases. Microscopic study of interesting lesions will be available and encouraged. Students will have the opportunity to accompany a senior investigator in the field investigation of sudden death; and to accompany medical examiners to court sessions, both at the preliminary hearing and district court levels.


None required.

Evaluation Method

Students will be evaluated on their clinical skills (see clerkship evaluation form) and extent to which they demonstrate a willingness to learn from and participate in the elective experience.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

Grade is 70% based on participation and 30% on clinical skills.