Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners

Fall Meeting Brochure

The 2016 IACME Fall Meeting brochure —including final details on this year’s speakers and the meeting schedule— is now available. Just go to the Fall Meeting section of this web site and click on the brochure link.

Continuing Medical Education Credits Awarded for Fall Meeting

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners (IACME).  UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dr. Klein named Iowa State Medical Examiner

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Gerald Clabaugh has announced Dr. Dennis Klein has accepted the position of Iowa State Medical Examiner. Dr. Klein has served as interim State Medical Examiner since Dr. Julia Goodin resigned in January to pursue a career opportunity with the Tennessee Department of Public Health. “Dr. Klein has been involved with many death investigations, forensic autopsies and expert testimonies since joining the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner (IOSME) in 2000,” said Clabaugh. “This in-depth knowledge and experience will provide for a seamless transition into this new position.”

“A big draw for me to the State ME office here in Iowa is the opportunity to be a part of a very talented group of people who are genuinely dedicated to high quality death investigation, providing support and services with our County Medical Examiner partners, and making sure we are providing critical information to law enforcement agencies and attorneys,” said Dr. Klein.

Dr. Klein graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He subsequently attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he received an M.D. degree in 1993. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he continued his residency training in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Klein completed his sub-specialty training in Forensic Pathology at the Office of the Medical Investigator at the University of New Mexico. Upon completion, Klein moved to Iowa to join the IOSME. He has academic appointments with Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dr. Klein is actively involved with the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners, where he serves as Program Director for the annual educational conference.





Nationally-acclaimed author to speak at 2016 IACME Fall Meeting October 14-15

Sam Quinones, highly acclaimed journalist and author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, will be the headline speaker at the 2016 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo Friday and Saturday, October 14-15 at the West Des Moines Marriott.

Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and former reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of three books of narrative non-fiction. His latest book, Dreamland, was chosen one of the best books of 2015 by, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly and numerous other publications.

Read more about it in the Spring, 2016 IACME News!

2016 IACME Fall Meeting Flyer

Cremation in Iowa

Iowa law states that bodies should not be cremated without proper medicolegal investigation, but practice does not always meet the spirit of the law. Click on the link below to read an article by Gregory Schmunk, MD, Polk County Chief Medical Examiner and IACME Board Member.

Cremation Code has Dangerous Loophole

2016 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo

2016 IACME Fall Meeting/Education Expo date change – Friday-Saturday, October 14-15, 2016

Due to space concerns, the West Des Moines Marriott has asked that we move our Fall Meeting date to Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, 2016.

The IACME Program Committee met in January to begin planning the program. Details on this year’s speakers and topics will be provided in the March IACME News.

Please cancel the dates of November 18-19, and plan to attend the IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo Friday-Saturday, October 14-15, 2016 at the West Des Moines Marriott.

Iowa State Medical Examiner leaving for Tennessee

Julia Goodin, MD, has announced that she’s is leaving Iowa for a job in Tennessee. Below is a link to an article in today’s Des Moines Register.

It’s time to renew (or begin) your membership in IACME!

This year, there is a significant change in how you will pay your IACME dues. At its November 20, 2015 meeting, the IACME Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan to go ‘paperless’ for payment of dues and for IACME Fall Meeting registration. Board members approved the plan because it will be more convenient for members and more cost-efficient with regard to printing and postage expenses.

To pay your dues, go to the Pay Your Dues section of this web site. In that section, you will find an interactive membership form which asks you for the same information as the paper dues statement in previous years. Please complete the entire form before you pay your dues. After you complete the form, scroll down to find the PayPal button. You can pay using YOUR PayPal account or YOUR credit card.*

   Remember, you must pay your 2016 IACME dues by March 31 in order to receive the discounted rate for the IACME Fall Meeting.

   Please renew your membership today! If you aren’t an IACME member, please consider supporting the only statewide organization for county medical examiners and medical examiner investigators.

   If you have questions/problems paying electronically, email Cheri Jensen at or call Chris Sutton at 515.212.9685.

   Thank you for your support of the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners!

*Three rules for online credit card and PayPal payments:   

  1. If the name of the person completing the credit card payment is different from the name on the credit card, the credit card company will reject the payment.
  2. If you have a PayPal account and attempt to pay your dues with a credit card, PayPal will reject the payment.
  3. If the name of the person completing a PayPal payment is different from the name on the PayPal account, your payment will be rejected.



Positive Reviews, Record Attendance for IACME Fall Meeting

The 2015 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo drew record attendance and positive reviews last Friday and Saturday, November 20-21 at the West Des Moines Marriott.

The program included presentations on in-custody injuries and deaths, investigating explosions and transportation accidents, elderly abuse and Iowa cold cases. The banquet speaker was Colonel Reginald Ash, III, who was decorated for valor for leading his team’s response following the Khobar Tower bombings in Saudi Arabia in 1996. Colonel Ash spoke on crisis leadership skills.

IACME elections were held at a member meeting on Friday evening. Election results are as follows: President—Thomas Carroll, MD; Vice President—Sheila Holcomb, MD; Secretary-Treasurer—Barbara Harre, MD. Four Board Members were also elected—Dennis Crabb, MD, Dennis Firchau, MD, Paul Jensen, MD, PharmD and Kevin Locke, MD. All offices carry 2-year terms.

An attendee list is available below. Watch the Spring, IACME News for more photos and news from the2015 Fall Meeting.

Next year’s IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo will be Friday-Saturday, November 18-19, 2016 at the West Des Moines Marriott. The 2017 meeting will be Friday-Saturday, September 22-23 at the Coralville Marriott. The Iowa City meeting is a one-time outreach effort.

Click here for a list of Fall Meeting attendees.