National Forensic Services Conference

November 5-6, 2019

Sponsored By: National Forensic Services LLC

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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 8 -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.

Day 1: The Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds Course Objectives: 8 hour program with 1 hour lunch (provided) and will include 4, 15 minute breaks: 8AM-6PM

  • Analyze the differences between and entrance and exit gunshot wounds.
  • Review current medical literature on the inabilities of health care professionals to accurately differentiate entrance and exit wounds.
  • Identify appropriate evidence recognition, collection and preservation associated with gunshot wounds.
  • Describe how forensic evidence can be compromised during patient care.
  • Apply forensic photography techniques in cases of firearm injury.
  • Recognize and use appropriate forensic terminology when assessing gunshot injuries.
  • Recognize the ways in which surgical procedures can alter the appearance of a wound.
  • Discuss the potential legal challenges to the admission of forensic photographs in court.
  • Recognize the implications for failing to maintain a “chain-of-custody.
  • Critique select case studies & discuss the significance related to health care & criminal justice.

6:00PM-7:30PM – Hors D'oeuvres, Wine & Beer Meet and Greet Reception (In The Conference Room)

Day 2: A Star is Born: Moving Forensic Practice from Good to Great

Objectives and Schedule: Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 Ward Allen, Diana Faugno, Val Sievers

  • Critique the scientific foundations and use of digital imaging in forensic health care.
  • Demonstrate current techniques and skills with digital photography equipment.
  • Describe the role of the forensic nurse and responses to patients with forensic health care needs.
  • Apply the concepts of forensic nursing process to select case studies.
  • Evaluate the qualities and credentials of the forensic nurse expert.
  • Examine the rationale for quality improvement in forensic nursing practice.

  • 8:00Am - 9:15AM - Overview of forensic photography and evolution of photography and laws, using digital filters in court, overall change to photographs what is legal vs not legal, photography storage and compliance with the laws, why a cloud is not secure, would you store your hospital patient records on Amazon.com and why? Epic and other electronic health record available with discussion of its security? Life Destruction Cycle of a medical record vs. Legal Statutes of Limitations of cases when storing photographs from a forensic-medical exam. Ward Allen Digital Imaging Expert & Consultant
  • 9:15AM - 10:00AM - Everything you wanted to know about taking a digital photograph in the correct manner for your forensic practice (blue background, hands, follow the protocol, book end cards, how many photos should I take, procedure, rules of 3 and 4, benefit of photography). How to ask for consent and get consent both verbal and written. Diana Faugno and Val Sievers
  • 10:00AM - 10:15AM - Coffee and Tea Break
  • 10:15AM - 11:00AM - Photodocumentation practical hands-on exercise. This will take 45 min. for the table top exercise to complete.
  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM - Back to basics ADPIE and the evaluation and assessment of the forensic patient that has health care needs. Nursing process and assessment applies to all patients with violence. Val Sievers
  • 12:00PM - 1:30PM – Lunch on your own
  • 1:30PM - 3:00PM - Basics of strangulation examination procedures and photography with evidence collection. Photodocumentation practical hands-on exercise. This will take 1 hour for the table top exercise to complete. Val Sievers
  • 3:00PM - 3:15PM – Coffee and Tea Break
  • 3:15PM - 4:00PM - Round table discussion and each table will report their findings and results. Discuss how this hands-on experience will help processes within their practices.
  • 4:00PM – 5:00PM - How to update or create an effective Curriculum Vitae - Diana Faugno and Val Sievers
  • 5:00PM – 5:30PM - Case Peer Review, Closure and Questions - Diana Faugno and Val Sievers
  • Where: The Jockey Club, 3700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
    Tip when reserving your transportation to the Jockey Club. Hotel Check-In is at 4:00PM when staying at the Jockey Club
    The Jockey Club is snuggled between City Center and the Bellagio. It serves as a hotel, time share and holds apartments for private ownership. If you call the Jockey Club, indicate that you are calling for hotel reservations.

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    Cancellation and Refund Policy: If you need to cancel, you may receive a refund of $125 until Midnight July 15th, 2019. After July 15th, 2019, no refunds. All sales are final. Travel and Lodging not included.

    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.

  • Diana Faugno MSN, RN, CPN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAAFS, DF-IAFN
  • Ward R. Allen, a digital imaging expert and consultant
  • Valerie A. Sievers MSN, RN, CNS, SANE-A, SANE-P, a Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist, Forensic Healthcare Consultant
  • Pricing:
    $379
    Regular Price
    $349 Early Bird Special Until August 1, 2019




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