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Medical Students Visit Coroner’s Office



Mar 31, 2014

Surgical technology and medical assisting students from the Florence Campus recently visited the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, a board certified neuroradiologist, is the Hamilton County Coroner.  Dr. Sammarco supervises the daily operations of the office, and has a chief deputy coroner who is board certified in forensic pathology.  The students and their instructor were given a two hour lecture and overview on the daily operations of the coroner’s office.  The office also has an on-site crime lab, as well as other forensic labs.

During the lecture, the procedures and policies of a coroner’s case were covered in great detail. In 2012, 909 autopsies were performed in the office.  The students also learned about the chain of custody as it pertains to evidence, and about the testing that is done in the laboratory.

The students found the visit very informative.  “We were surprised when we heard that heroin overdose is now the number one cause of death in a coroner’s case and not traffic accidents,” said Derrick Berry, a student in the surgical technology program.

Students and staff from the medical programs at the Florence Campus recently visited the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office. Pictured left to right are Carolyn Nienaber, surgical technology program director, Kathreen Buckner, director of health care education, and surgical technology students, Donna Galliher, Kristen Bowling, and Derrick Berry.

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