President's Welcome

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Dear Colleagues and Others interested in the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME):

This “President’s Welcome” is a new suggestion by NAME leadership in 2020, but the intention is to provide a message yearly.  One of my goals in 2020 is to make the decision-making and functioning of the NAME Officers and Committee Chairs more visible to all NAME members. 

It was an honor to be elected and trusted by my peers to serve as President of our organization in 2020.  Since 1966 NAME has grown to more than 1,300 members, including 600 board-certified forensic pathologists, plus nearly 400 members in integrally related fields:  medicolegal death investigators, toxicologists, public health experts, administrators, and others.  Our collective expertise is unmatched, and is the foundation of NAME.

Some facets of our professions that popular culture is correct about are the challenging, fascinating, and unique nature of our work.  There is less appreciation for the difficulties and controversies of our professions.  NAME committees will be working in 2020 to recruit and retain physicians and medicolegal death investigators through several initiatives.  New committees will make recommendations about retention of our experts by reducing burnout, and study how our public health role can be supported financially.

In NAME’s role as a provider of continuing education to all membership categories, remember to take advantage of educational opportunities by attending the NAME Interim Meeting in February 18 in Anaheim, and the NAME Annual Meeting October 9-13 in Denver.

Sally S. Aiken, MD
Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office