Forensic Pathology Fellowship in Austin, Texas


The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office is one of 39 offices in the country accredited to train new forensic pathologists. In partnership with our sponsoring institution, the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals Program, we offer an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited, one-year fellowhship in forensic pathology. Our office has a staff of seven board-certified forensic pathologists. We investigate deaths in Travis County and take referral cases from 43 other counties in central Texas. The office is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners and our in-house toxicology laboratory is accredited by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. It is anticipated that we will be moving into our new, state-of-the art facility with a computed tomography scanner in the spring of 2017.

Training is for 12 months and covers all topics of medical examiner medicine, including forensic pathology, forensic toxicology, advanced postmortem imaging, medicolegal death investigation, forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, and disciplines of the crime laboratory. Fellows complete between 200 and 300 autopsies under supervision. In addition to casework, there is a dedicated curriculum of didactic lectures, practical exercises, and conferences. Fellows are also given the opportunity to participate in research projects and attend a forensic pathology conference.


We offer two positions for each academic year (July 1-June 30).


Candidates must have one of the following by the beginning of their fellowship:

  1. successful completion of a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology or a residency in anatomic pathology accredited by the ACGME;
  2. successful completion of a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology or a residency in anatomic pathology located in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC); or
  3. certification by the American Board of Pathology in either anatomic and clinical pathology, or anatomic pathology.

Candidates must also possess a Texas full, unrestricted medical license or a Texas Physician-in-Training permit prior to the beginning of the fellowship.

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Recruitment occurs roughly two years in advance of the start of training. Therefore, candidates should submit their application materials by July 1 of the year that is two years prior to the year for which they are applying.

To Apply, please submit the following:

Direct Inquires and application materials go to:

J. Keith Pinckard, MD PhD
Chief Medical Examiner
Program Director, Forensic Pathology Fellowship
Travis County Medical Examiner
1213 Sabine St.
Austin, TX 78701
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 512-854-9599

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J. Keith Pinckard, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Examiner

7723 Springdale Road
Austin TX 78724 (Map)
Phone: (512) 854-9599
Fax: (512) 854-9044