About this event

  • Date and time Tue 1 Mar 2022 from 8:15am to 5:15pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Pathology

As fewer autopsies are being done, it is important for doctors, pathologists, coroners and anatomical technicians to understand the value of autopsy to learn the causes of death. 

This event highlights the value of autopsy in modern medicine for both adults and children and seeks to teach pathologists the use of autopsy in education, research and auditParticipants will also appreciate the importance of an autopsy to help families who suffer sudden death.

During this session, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate autopsy and its value for audit and research
  • Learn how to do an autopsy to avoid infection with health and safety measures
  • Learn regarding the consents from the families for possible genetic causes for screening of families

Can’t attend in person on the day? This event is available to watch on-demand for up to 60 days. Please register for the pre-recorded webinar here. The link to watch the webinar will be sent via email three days after the live in-person event on 4 March 2022 so that you can view it on-demand. 

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Pathology Section: Professor Amit Patel memorial prize - best autopsy case


£250 and 1 year RSM membership

Submission deadline


Meeting date

Tuesday 1 March 2022

Open to

Any grade trainees in pathology

Application guidelines

Submit a 300-word best autopsy case including 1-2 references. The winner will need to be available to present (15 minutes – 10 minutes presentation + 5 minutes questions) at this meeting on 1 March 2022.

Key speakers

Joseph Maleszewski

President, Society for Cardiovascular Pathology,  Pathologist, Mayo Clinic Hospital

Marc Halushka

Professor of Pathology and Oncology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Michael Osborn

Michael Osborn, Consultant Histopathologist, North West London Pathology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and President, The Royal College of Pathologists

Paul Johnson

Consultant Forensic Pathologist, Royal Liverpool University Hospital 


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session one: Autopsy

Role of the autopsy in the 21st century

Michael Osborn, Consultant Histopathologist, North West London Pathology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and President, The Royal College of Pathologists 

Autopsy in the UK – the workforce problem 

Esther Youd, Consultant Pathologist, University of Glasgow

Presenting virtually

Role of the forensic pathologist in the UK

Paul Johnson, Consultant Forensic Pathologist, Royal Liverpool University Hospital 

The role of the medical examiner

Suzy Lishman, Consultant Cellular Pathologist, Peterborough City Hospital 

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break


Session two: The importance of the autopsy in delineating new infections

Doing high risk autopsies and the legacy of AIDS

Sebastian Lucas, Emeritus Professor, Clinical Histopathology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Covid autopsy - European experience

Cristina Basso, Professor of Pathology, University of Padua

Presenting virtually

Panel discussion
Lunch break and networking

Session three: Research and the autopsy 

Value of autopsy for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Marta Cohen, Consultant Paediatric and Perinatal Pathologist, University of Sheffield

The legacy gift research autopsy service

Marc Halushka, Professor of Pathology and Oncology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Presenting virtually

Photogrammetry and 3D printing in autopsy

Joseph Maleszewski, President, Society for Cardiovascular Pathology,  Pathologist, Mayo Clinic Hospital

Presenting virtually

Tissue retention in modern autopsy

John Firth, Council Member, Pathology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Molecular autopsy in sudden cardiac death

Mary Sheppard, President, Pathology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Professor of Cardiovascular Pathology, St George’s Medical School

Tea and coffee break


Challenging autopsy cases for trainees

Sudden death in a young female - one case with many lessons

Dr Kathryn Griffin

An unusual appearance: The oesophagus in ketoacidosis

Dr Lynsey Williams

Disseminated zygomycetes: A case report

Dr Matthew Cheaveau

A case of COVID-19 related acute pancreatitis in a pregnant patient

Dr Sana Rizvi

An autopsy case of rapidly progressive thyroid cancer

Dr Theodore Estrin-Serlui

An autopsy as a tool to predict outcomes for metastatic lung cancer

Dr Louise English

Presentation of Amit Patel memorial prize
Closing remarks
Close of meeting and drinks reception


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

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