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. 

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


£250 and 1 year RSM membership

Submission deadline

Sunday 9 January 2022

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.

Apply here


Early bird pricing available until 17 January 2022.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£141.00 £84.00 £84.00 £84.00 £44.00

Key speakers

Joseph Maleszewski

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

Marc Halushka

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

Michael Osborn

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

Paul Johnson

Consultant Forensic Pathologist, Head of the Forensic Pathology Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital 


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Registration, tea and coffee

Session one: Autopsy

Role of the autopsy in the 21st century

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

Autopsy in UK – the workforce problem 

Esther Youd, Consultant Forensic Pathologist, University of Glasgow

Role of the forensic pathologist in 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
Coffee break and networking

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, King's and St Thomas' Hospital  

Covid autopsy - European experience

Cristina Basso, Professor of Pathology, University of Padua, Italy

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, USA

Photogrammetry and 3D printing in autopsy

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

Tissue retention in modern Autopsy

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

Molecular autopsy in sudden cardiac death

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

Coffee break and networking

Challenging autopsy cases for trainees

Chaired by: Joe Westaby, Academic Clinical Fellow in Histopathology, St George's, University of London

Presentation 1
Presentation 2
Presentation 3
Presentation 4
Presentation 5
Presentation 6
Closing remarks


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. 

Special rates for difficult times  

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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