The Academy of Forensic Nursing Regional Conference

November 5-6, 2019

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The Living Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds; Application for Domestic and Officer-Involved Shootings (GSW Course)

Course Description: Louisville Metro Police Surgeon Bill Smock, M.D., one of the country's leading law enforcement educators and expert in clinical forensic medicine, has developed an 12 -hour training program to assist forensic nurses, law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the forensic evaluation of gunshot wounds.

The program is specifically designed for law enforcement officers and medical personnel involved with the investigation, evaluation and reconstruction of firearms-related incidents, including domestic and officer-involved shootings. The information presented will assist your investigation and ensure that your conclusions and findings are based upon the most up-to-date medical science and forensic evidence.

The 12 hour program will include:

  • How to correctly determine entrance versus exit wounds
  • Compare prosecution & defense approaches in criminal proceedings
  • Review of current medical literature on the accuracy of un-trained physicians at differentiating entrance from exit wounds
  • How to accurately determine the range-of-fire
  • How to determine the direction of bullet movement in graze wounds
  • Appropriate evidence recognition, collection and preservation
  • What tests should you ask your crime lab to perform
  • How to determine the wound track
  • Forensic photography techniques
  • The investigation of officer-involved shootings: can you account for each round and wound?
  • Case studies: domestic and officer-involved shooting
  • Use and misuse of forensic terminology
  • Interviewing techniques: what questions will determine the truth behind what happened?
  • Recognition of staged shooting scenes
  • Wound ballistics and wounding: handgun versus rifle
  • Hands-on examination of spent bullets and cartridge cases
  • Radiographic identification of bullets
  • Is the history consistent with the physical evidence? How do you know?

Where: The Jockey Club, 3700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Who: Meet the Faculty

Dr. Bill Smock is the Police Surgeon and directs the Clinical Forensic Medicine Program for the Louisville Metro Police Department. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky in 1981 and obtained a Master’s degree in Anatomy from the University of Louisville in 1987. Bill graduated from the University of Louisville, School of Medicine in 1990 and completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Louisville in 1993.

In 1994, he became the first physician in the United States to complete a post-graduate fellowship in Clinical Forensic Medicine. Dr. Smock was an Assistant Medical Examiner with the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office from 1991 to 1997. Dr. Smock joined the faculty at University of Louisville’s Department of Emergency Medicine in 1994 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2005. Dr. Smock is currently a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine and regularly takes medical students on mission trips to Africa.

Dr. Smock has edited three textbooks on clinical forensic medicine and published more than 30 chapters and articles on forensic and emergency medicine. He is an internationally recognized forensic expert and trains nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers and attorneys in multiple fields including: officer-involved shootings, strangulation, gunshot wounds, injury mechanisms and motor vehicle trauma. Dr. Smock is also the Police Surgeon for the Jeffersontown, Kentucky and St. Matthews, Kentucky Police Departments. He also serves as a sworn tactical physician and detective for the Floyd County Indiana Sheriff’s Department.

For Academy of Forensic Nursing Non-Members
$349 For Academy of Forensic Nursing Members

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