It’s hard to recall a time that was more trying on the forensic medical community. A global pandemic, fires ravaging the state, and the very real effects of burnout unfolding before our eyes. I’ve spoken to many of you, and it’s become clear that the forensic medical community is facing a serious labor shortage. Most of us have day jobs, whether it be a nurse in the ED, ICU, clinic, or a clinician with a full patient panel. Coupled with the stress of being a forensic medical examiner through these challenging times; it’s no wonder that so many of us are exiting the field.
I’m here to say that you are not alone. You are part of the CCFMTC family, and we are here to support you. We offer office hours for free one-on-one expert consultation for all types of forensic medical exams. The SART Summit will be a hybrid course this year as we look forward to seeing familiar faces again in person. The advanced course will also be in September and will cover topics such as child abuse, domestic violence, strangulation, and traumatic brain injury. In October, we will be moving back towards in-person training, starting with the Adult SAFE course. And finally, to meet the rising need of training new examiners as they become available, we are developing an online on-demand training conducted by doctors, advanced practitioners and senior nurses, leaders in the field of forensic medicine.
Hope is on the horizon. We will get through this together. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.