NAME Member Types

Fellows (Dues: $420US): “Fellows” shall be physician medicolegal death investigators who are either (a) Certified in forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology or its international equivalent as determined by the Board of Directors, or (b) prior to 2008 have completed a training program in forensic pathology that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, or have been officially “qualified for examination” in forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology.
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Members (Dues: $420US): “Members” shall be physician medicolegal death investigators other than those meeting the criteria designated in the definition of Fellow set forth in Section 1.A. of this Article II of these By-Laws. Members shall include pathologists, forensic pathology fellows, physician medical examiners, and physician coroners, provided, however, that the foregoing examples are provided for clarity and mere possession of any of the foregoing job titles does not automatically qualify any individual for membership as a Member. Includes Forensic Pathology (FP) Fellows in First Year of Training (Dues for FP Fellows in Training: $0US)
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International Corresponding Members (Dues: $90US): “International Corresponding Members" shall be physicians or other practicing medicolegal death investigators who reside outside of the United States of America or Canada.  International Corresponding Members shall be forensic pathologists, physician medical examiners, physician coroners, and those engaged in the teaching or practice of legal medicine, provided, however, that the foregoing examples are provided for clarity, and mere possession of any of the foregoing job titles does not automatically qualify any individual for membership as an International Corresponding Member, nor does lack of such title automatically disqualify any individual who is a practicing medicolegal death investigator.
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Resident Members (Dues: FREE): “Resident Members” shall be pathology residents who are involved in pursuing a career in any field that, upon completion of such residency and/or training, would permit membership as a Fellow or as a Member. Resident member applicants must provide a letter from training director that they are in an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians of Canada accredited training program.
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Medical Student Members (Dues: FREE): “Medical Student Members" shall be students enrolled in an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada, or its international equivalent as determined by the Board of Directors, who express an interest in pursuing a career in forensic medicine. Medical Student Member applicants must provide a letter from a faculty member confirming that they are enrolled in a qualified medical school as defined above.
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Affiliate Members (Dues: $90US): “Affiliate Members” are comprised of the following five (5) sub-classes of members:
a)       “Investigator Affiliates” shall be death investigators officially involved in a death investigation system who assist Fellows or Members at the time of their application for membership; members of the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command; United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations; or Naval Criminal Investigative Service who conduct death investigations. Investigator Affiliates must be sponsored by a Fellow or Member in accordance with procedures established by the Association and shall work closely with the sponsoring Fellow or Member in the medicolegal investigation of deaths.
b)       “Administrator Affiliates” shall be administrators within an official death investigation system. Administrator Affiliates shall be sponsored by a Fellow or Member in accordance with procedures established by the Association and shall work closely with the sponsoring Fellow or Member in administration of an office which officially investigates deaths.
c)       “Professional Consultant Affiliates” shall be persons having expertise utilized by or affiliated with Fellows or Members in the official investigation of deaths. Professional Consultant Affiliates shall be sponsored by a Fellow or Member in accordance with procedures established by the Association and shall work closely with the sponsoring members in the medicolegal investigation of deaths.
d)       “Support System Affiliates” shall be non-consultant support personnel who assist Fellows, Members, or other Affiliates or others in performing death investigation or other forensic duties. Support System Affiliates shall be sponsored by a Fellow or Member in accordance with procedures established by the Association. Support System Affiliates may include autopsy assistants, non-investigator forensic nurses, police crime scene investigators and forensic photographers. Notwithstanding anything in this Section 1.D.(iv) to the contrary, the foregoing examples are provided for clarity and mere possession of any of the foregoing job titles does not automatically qualify any individual membership as a Support System Affiliate.
e)       “Trainee Affiliates” shall be students who have received a diploma evidencing satisfactory completion of their secondary education who are involved in pursuing a career in any field that would qualify the individual as an Affiliate Member. Trainee Affiliates shall be sponsored by a Fellow or Member in accordance with procedures established by the Association. Guidelines for Affiliate Membership
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Emeritus Members (Dues: FREE): Emeritus Members shall be those Fellows, Members, Resident Members or Affiliate Members who:
1.      Have ten (10) years of membership with the Association and are fully retired from the practice of forensic science; or
2.      Have ten (10) years of membership with the Association and are at least seventy (70) years old; or
3.      Have five (5) years of membership with the Association and are disabled
Designation as an Emeritus Member shall only be made upon approval of the Board of Directors. An Emeritus Member shall not be required to pay dues or assessments but shall receive all general membership mailings and may receive Academic Forensic Pathology or such other journal as the Association may publish from time to time at members’ rates upon request to the office of the Secretary-Treasurer.
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