Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners


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