Updates in Forensic Pathology Education: ACGME Milestones 2.0

Nicholas I. Batalis, Erin Brooks, Shannon Crook, Nicole Croom, Laura Edgar, Jennifer Lynn Hammers, Julie Huss-Bawab, Bruce Levy, Barbara Sampson, Reade Quinton, Allecia Wilson, Sydney McLean

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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Milestones offer a framework for competency-based assessment of forensic pathology fellows. The initial forensic pathology-specific milestones (Milestones 1.0) were developed in 2014. Although a great foundation, this first iteration of the milestones was somewhat convoluted and exhibited areas of discrepancy. A Forensic Pathology Milestone 2.0 Working Group of 12 volunteers, with various levels of forensic pathology expertise representing a broad array of institutions across the United States, sought to reduce milestone complexity and modify the cross-specialty "harmonized"milestones to ensure they fit within the context of forensic pathology training. The group also created a supplemental guide to provide additional clarification for each milestone. Overall, 5 specialty-specific subcompetencies were drafted, and the language in the 14 harmonized subcompetencies was adjusted to reflect the unique population of patients and multidisciplinary medicolegal systems inherent to forensic pathology. Once the initial development was complete, the Milestones 2.0 draft was made available for review by the greater forensic pathology community, with the aim of creating a shared mental model for forensic pathology education and the trajectory of the field. Additional changes were made based on the survey results and Milestones 2.0 will be implemented during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-317
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • forensic fellowship
  • forensic pathology
  • graduate medical education
  • milestones


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