Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

Our department provides instruction in the theory, concepts and principles of forensic medicine; the medico-legal and technical aspects of death scene investigations; and clinical pathology skills.

We also cover the emerging demands, roles and responsibilities of medico-legal investigators and clinical forensic specialists.

We are focused on helping our students acquire skills in the technical aspects of death scene investigation; identifying, preserving and protecting custody of forensic evidence; differentiating accidental and intentional injuries in both living and dead persons; and determining potential forensic value of written and photographic records. Our faculty also provide instruction in the interpretation of research in forensics and skills in utilizing information technology to access information in the forensic sciences.

Forensic experts are an integral part of our justice system. As a student in one of our programs, you will develop the knowledge and skills to analyze physical evidence and establish facts in civil or criminal cases.


Forensic Medicine (MS)

PCOM offers the only forensic medicine program in the region that was developed and is overseen by a board-certified forensic pathologist.


DO/MS in Forensic Medicine 

During an extended second year in the DO degree program, students complete forensic medicine coursework.


Pathway Program

The Pathway Program is designed for non-science majors who possess a bachelor’s degree in a forensic-related field.




Forensic medicine concentration

Students in the MS in Biomedical Sciences program may pursue a concentration in forensic medicine.



Interested in learning more about our forensic medicine programs? Visit our frequently asked questions page.



Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Evans Hall, Suite 403A-6
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215-871-6760 | Fax: 215-871-6865

Gregory McDonald, DO, FCAP
Chair and Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

Terri Curry
Academic Coordinator

James McCans, MS, NREMT-P
Clinical Assistant Professor

Joel Garblik, DDS, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor

Detective David J. McDonald
Clinical Instructor