Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners

IACME Fall Meeting brochure to be mailed next week

The IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo brochure will be mailed next week to IACME members, past attendees and others. The meeting will be Friday and Saturday, November 20-21 at the West Des Moines Marriott. The brochure contains information about speakers and topics, a meeting registration form and information on how to reserve a hotel room.

For an advance look at the brochure, meeting schedule and ME-101 information, click on the links below. To register online, visit the Fall Meeting section of this web site.

2015 Fall Meeting brochure

Meeting schedule

ME-101 information 

IACME Offices up for Election

The offices of President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer and four Board seats will be up for election during the 2015 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo Friday and Saturday, November 20-21 at the West Des Moines Marriott. Annual elections will be held during the IACME Member Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

Offices up for election and the incumbents are: President (Daniel Cole, MD); Vice President (Paul Jensen, MD, PharmD); and Secretary-Treasurer (Dennis Crabb, MD). Board seats held by Thomas Carroll, MD; Sheila Holcomb, MD; and Marcus Nashelsky, MD are also up for election. A fourth board seat held by Dennis I. Mallory, DO has been vacant since Dr. Mallory’s death in May and is also up for election.

If anyone is interested in running for an office or board seat, please contact Cheri Jensen at 515.957.9246 or email her at

IDIA Seminar Aug. 31-Sept. 3

The Iowa Death Investigators Association (IDIA) will hold its Statewide Death Investigation Seminar August 31 – September 2, 2015 at the Des Moines Holiday Inn and Suites, 4800 Merle Hay Rd. Speaker topics will include infant death investigations, diagnosing natural death, forensic anthropology and case reviews. The seminar is open to law enforcement, MEIs, prosecutors, CSI and lab personnel. Click on the link below to see a copy of the seminar brochure.

2015 IDIA Death Investigation Seminar

Dennis I. Mallory, DO

Dennis I. Mallory, DO, IACME Board Member and founding member of IACME, died Monday, May 18 following a lengthy illness. A Celebration of Life service with Masonic Rites and military honors is scheduled for Friday, May 22 at 11 a.m. at the Reinig Center in Toledo. A luncheon will follow the service.

On behalf of IACME, we extend our deepest sympathy to the Mallory family.

(Dr. Mallory’s obituary can be found at


Mark your calendars

IACME 2015 Fall Meeting and Education Expo
Friday-Saturday, November 20-21
West Des Moines Marriott

The IACME Board of Directors is busy planning the IACME 2015 Fall Meeting and Education Expo, scheduled for Friday – Saturday, November 20-21, 2015 at the West Des Moines Marriott. The meeting dates have been changed to avoid a conflict with the Iowa EMS Association meeting.

The Board has reviewed attendee evaluations of the 2014 Fall Meeting and is discussing topics for this year. As usual, the emphasis will be on practical knowledge that truly helps you do a better job as an Iowa death investigator. Among possible topics for this year are fire deaths, police shootings and in-custody deaths, aviation/transportation accidents, deaths which involve international transporting of bodies and a review of Iowa’s most interesting cold cases.

Possible changes in the Friday evening reception and banquet are being considered. Watch for more information on these changes, which will increase your opportunity for networking and socializing.

Remember, if you join IACME by March 31, you will be eligible for a significant discount in the 2015 Fall Meeting registration fee. Visit the Pay Your Dues section of this web site to pay your dues online or download a 2015 dues statement.

We ask current IACME members to encourage your new colleagues to join IACME! For the first time, new death investigators who have never belonged to IACME will get one year of free membership. All they have to do is complete the 2015 dues statement on the IACME web site and mail it to: IACME, PO Box 554, Altoona, IA  50009.

Watch the web site and March IACME News for more information on the 2015 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo.

Another successful IACME Fall Meeting

Over 140 county medical examiners and medical examiner investigators from around the state gathered in West Des Moines November 14-15 for the IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo. Attendees heard presentations from an expert in aquatic death and a first responder at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings. Additional presentations covered agricultural deaths, communicating with the media and Iowa’s emerging viruses.

Annual elections were held on Friday evening preceding the annual banquet. Re-elected to the IACME Board of Directors were: Gregory Schmunk, MD, Polk County Medical Examiner; and Michael Hensch, F-ABMDI, Johnson County Medical Examiner Department. At its meeting Friday morning, the IACME Board of Directors approved the addition of another MEI seat to the board. Thomas Summitt, D-ABMDI, Muscatine County Medical Examiner’s Office, was elected to fill that seat.

Click here to view the 2014 IACME Fall Meeting brochure.


Dan D. Paulsen

Dan Paulsen, 46, Pocahontas, IEMSA Board Member representing the Northwest Region, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Pocahontas Community Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Jessica; children Makayla, Abigail and Christian and many other family, friends, co-workers and fellow EMS providers. He attended North Iowa Area Community College for Criminal Justice and Emergency Medical Technician at the basic and advanced levels. He served as EMT volunteer for many years around North Iowa and had worked as an EMT-Intermediate for Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames and Story City, Dallas County Ambulance. Dan worked as an EMT and served as EMS Director for Pocahontas Community Hospital and EMS Coordinator for Pocahontas County Emergency Response System. Dan also served as a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Pocahontas County Medical Examiner’s Office since 2009.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We will miss his dedication to EMS and the impact he made on his community here in Iowa and around the country.


IACME Files Amicus Brief in Murder Verdict Reversal

IACME has filed an amicus brief opposing the Court of Appeals’ reversal of a guilty verdict in a Fort Dodge murder case. The court ruled that the defendant should get a new trial because testimony by the medical examiner was improper. For more on this important case, read the latest issue of the IACME News in the News section of this web site.

Electronic Death Certificate System launched

The Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) was launched by the Iowa Department of Public Health on April 21, 2014. The new electronic system totally replaces the manual paper process and makes filing of a death certificate more efficient.

Funeral Directors, Medical Certifiers (DO, MD, PA, ARNP), Medical Examiners who complete death certification registration are required to use the new electronic system for all deaths occurring on or after April 21, 2014.

Medical certifiers who are involved in processing a death registration must have an account to access the new EDRS.  For access to the EDRS, medical certifiers need to complete the User Access and Participation Agreement forms.  To acquire the necessary forms and materials please contact the Bureau of Health Statistics help desk at (866) 309-0831 or email at

Prior to the launch of the new EDRS, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Health Statistics conducted class room training for Funeral Directors, Medical Certifiers (DO, MD, PA, ARNP), Medical Examiners, and state and local registrars.  For users who need training, a web-based training will be available the end of May.  To access this training, users will need to have or create an account on the MyLearningPointe website.  Please visit the following website: to set up your new account (please note this account is separate from the new electronic system).

If you need additional information on the new Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS), please feel free to contact one of our Field Representatives listed below or the help desk at 866-309-0831 or

Sam Nichols – Field Representative District 1  515-281-5001

Sandra Lyles – Field Representative District 2  515-725-2953