Recertification for ABMDI
In order to recertify, you must provide documentation that you are currently employed at a medical examiner/coroner office with the responsibility of investigating death or show continued competency in the field, complete an Ethics Statement and provide the appropriate continuing education documentation.
Previously in the ABMDI July 2012 Newsletter it was stated that certificants who were not currently employed by a medical examiner or coroner could sit for a recertification examination beginning July 2013. The release of this information was made in error and the ABMDI Board is continuing to review the recertification requirements for unemployed certificants.
The Board apologizes to the certificants for any inconvenience that may have resulted. It is the Board's responsibility and mission to ensure compliance and consideration is afforded to the ABMDI certificant in all certification requirements. The Board is researching this issue and will meet on this matter during their October 2013 annual meeting. They will ensure that all aspects of recertification have been thoroughly reviewed before a final determination is made. The Board’s decision will be made to all the certificants no later than November 2013.
Recertification Administrative Fee $25
Audits begin six months prior to the Registry expiration, although you have the full five-year period, if needed, to accumulate the mandatory 45-hours of approved continuing education. Because you must verify employment at the time of recertifiation, early review will not occur. The office will notify you by mail that your recertification date is approaching. It is your responsibility to mail in the completed documentation for review.
You cannot begin accumulating continuing education until successfully passing the Registry or Board Certification examination(s). Each activity must be recorded in the original continuing education folder provided to you, including all supporting documentation (i.e. copy of certificate indicating hours from approved provider, transcript, copy of brochure or letter indicating course approval, etc). Documentation must show proof of attendance, number of hours, dates, and approving agency.
The ABMDI accepts continuing education that is approved by the AMA, ANA, ABA, EMS, PA Coroner's Education Board, POST, and post secondary institutions recognized by national educational accrediting agencies. Please make sure that the continuing education you are submitting meets this criteria or we cannot accept it.
Training courses that are not preapproved by an agency listed above may be submitted to the ABMDI for review. In order for us to review the activity, we need the following documentation: at least 30 days prior to the training date:
- Course schedule including actual hours of instruction and speakers
- Curriculum vitaes of all instructors
- Copy of course materials/outlines
Packets not returned in the ABMDI Continuing Education Folder provided to you will be considered incomplete. Why is it important to submit it in the folder? Many of you submit documentation that is neat and orderly. However, we also receive copies of documents that make no sense to us. The continuing education folder helps provide an outline for what needs to be submitted for review.
It is recommended that you keep a photocopy of all documentation submitted. If you are not currently in good standing because of outstanding balances, recertification will not be possible unless ALL fees have been paid in full.
The ABMDI is accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB), which requires proof of continued competency in order to be recertified. Continued competency includes current employment at a medical examiner/coroner jurisdiction or equivalent military authority or demonstration of relevant work experience that may include, but not be limited to, consulting, teaching, providing seminars or presentation of papers. These activities may be performed on a voluntary basis. Please provide proof of those activities if you are not currently working for a medical examiner or coroner jurisdiction with the responsibility of investigating deaths.