Death, drugs and dilemmas: An introduction to forensic and legal medicine for students and trainees


Friday 12 December 2014


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section


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**Please note that detector dogs will be present at this meeting - if you have a severe dog allergy please notify staff immediately on making your booking. We also kindly advise all delegates not to bring large quantities of cash into the lecture**

Join us at the RSM for this student and trainees event, hosted by the Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine Section, for an introduction into the fascinating world of forensic and legal medicine.

Using the trafficking of illegal drugs as a case example, this event gives students and trainees the opportunity to explore the interface between medicine and the law, as well as developing key skills around the subject that they will be able to use in their daily practice.

The evening will consist of talks and demonstrations from the UK Border Force and their drugs detector dogs in finding those who attempt to cross the border with illicit drugs, as well as specialists in the field of radiological detection of internally concealed drugs; forensic medical examiners will give delegates an insight into how those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law are cared for by medical teams.

Delegates will also receive talks from Coroners, Emergency Medicine Specialists and Medico-legal advisors to help develop their practical skills around common legal problems in day-to-day practice, including the correct completion of death certificates and how concerns about doctors are raised and investigated. The evening will be an exciting introduction to this area of medicine that is sometimes a difficult combination of drugs, death and dilemmas.



6:00 pm

Registration, tea and coffee

6:20 pm

Welcome and brief introduction to clinical forensic and legal medicine

6:25 pm

What to do when - practical advice on forensic and legal issues for trainees

Dr Meng Aw-Yong, Medical Director, Metropolitan Police Service, FME and Associate Specialist in Emergency Medicine, Hillingdon Hospital

6:50 pm

Radiological detection of internally concealed illicit drugs

Dr Allan Andi, Consultant Radiologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

7:20 pm

Border Force detector dogs and drug trafficking

Mr Philip O’Callaghan, Detector Dog Trainer and Dog Unit Team Leader, UK Border Force Heathrow, Mr Michael Gorrie, Higher Officer, UK Border Force Heathrow and Ms Emily Tracey (and “Anna”), Dog Handler, UK Border Force

8:00 pm

Coroners and death certification - tips for trainees

Dr Frances Cranfield, President-Elect, Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section, RSM

8:30 pm

Anatomy of a disciplinary case

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Medicolegal Adviser, MPS

9:00 pm

Panel discussion

9:20 pm

Drinks reception

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